Aftab Shivdasani

Aftab Shivdasani

date of birth : 5/06/1978 | date of death :
Born on June 25, 1978,Mumbai, India, actor, When he was just 14 months old, he was selected to act as the Farex baby (which is a baby food brand name).

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Aftab Shivdasani was born in Mumbai, India on June 25, 1978.

Father's name: Prem Shivdasani
Mother's name: Putli Shivdasani
Sister: Afsana Shivdasani
Spouse: -

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Personal Information:

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Life events:

Early years

Aftab Shivdasani, the well-known Indian actor, was born in the City of Dreams, Mumbai in Maharashtra, India. His father Prem Shivdisani is a Hindu while his mother Putli Shivdasani is a Parsi. His elder sister’s name is Afsana Shivdasani. He completed his education from St. Xaviers High School situated at Lokmanya TilakMarg, Mumbai and he did his graduation from the H.R College of Commerce, Mumbai. During the time between1984 to 1992, Aftab happened to appear in several television commercials. When he was just 14 months old, he was selected to act as the Farex baby (which is a baby food brand name). His first Bollywood film as a child actor was ‘Mr. India’ (1987), directed by ShekharKapur. This was followed by ‘Chaalbaaz’, ‘Shahenshah’ and ‘Insaaniyat’. Aftab continued playing small roles in numerous advertisements and when he was nineteen years old, he got the much needed ticket from Ram GopalVerma. Aftab was offered a lead role opposite actress Urmila Matondkar in his film, ‘Mast’.

Later years

The time when he got this role, he was still a student at the H.R College of Commerce. This film turned to be a major success and his performance in this film earned him lots of accolades and praises from the filming community at large. Next up, in the year 2001, Aftab made his appearance in the film, ‘Kasoor’, directed by Viktram Bhatt. Here he played the negative role of the character of Shekhar Saxena, a renowned journalist, who kills his own wife. His portrayal of the above named character catapulted him to instant fame and success. His penultimate release in 2001 was ‘Love KeLiye BhiKuch Karega’, directed by E. Niwas. In this multicarrier film, Aftab appeared in a supporting role along with Fardeen Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Twinkle Khanna. Despite his good performance in the film, the film itself failed to create much of an impact at the Box Office. ‘PyaarIshqAur Mohabbat’, directed by Rajiv Rai was his last movie in 2001. Here, he played one of the lead roles of that of Taj Bharadway among the three lead roles. The other two lead roles were played by Sunil Shetty and Arjun Rampal opposite Kirty Reddy. In 2002, Aftab’s first two movies ‘Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche’ and ‘KyaYehiPyaarHai’ were not successful at the Box Office. RajkumarKohli’s supernatural thriller titled ‘Jaani Dushman: EkAnokhiKahaani’, was Aftab’s third release of the year, which too was a flop. His fourth release of the year, ‘AwaraPaagal Deewana’, directed by Vikram Bhatt, was quite successful and it went on to become the seventh highest grosser film of that year. This was his only hit film of 2002. His last release that year was a film named ‘Pyaasa’, directed by A. Muthu. Next year in 2003, Aftab did get some amount of success with Prawal Raman’s multi starrer Bollywood Anthology film, ‘Darna Mana Hai’. His role of that of Purab, a college going student who had the ability to stop and move different people, earned Aftab much needed critical acclaim. His next successful release was the Priyadarshan comedy titled ‘Hungama’ where he starred opposite Akshaye Khanna and the newcomer, RimiSen. Aftab’s final release that year was the Vikram Bhatt directed Hindi crime thriller, ‘Footpath’. Here he appeared alongside Emraan Hasmi, Bipasha Basu and Rahul Dev. This movie did not do well at the Box Office. Aftab’s first two movies to be released in 2004 were ‘Suno Sasurjee’ and ‘Muskaan’, both of which flopped at the Box Office. Next up, he came up with his third release of 2004, a comedy film titled, ‘Masti’, directed by Indra Kumar and starring Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Genelia D’Souza, Amrita Rao, Ajay Devgan, Tara Sharma and Lara Dutta. This film was considered to be a semi-hit. Anupam Sinha’s ‘Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart’ was Aftab’s last release of 2004, which again did not do well at the theatres. In 2005, Aftab appeared in ‘Mr. Ya Miss’ and ‘Koi AapSa’, both of which flopped at the Box Office. All his films in the year 2006 were failures. However he did find a little bit of success in 2007 and 2008 with certain multi-starrer films. In the year 2009, Aftab acted in ‘Aao Wish karein’, which was the first film to be produced under Rising Sun Entertainment, his production company. He helped co-write the movie’s script and he himself played the lead role of the character named Mickey. In the year 2011, Aftab played the lead character in Bilal Hassan’s, ‘Bin Bulaaye Baraati’, starring with Priyanka Kothari.


He studied at St. Xavier's High School, (Fort) located at LokamanyaTilak Marg in Mumbai. He then graduated from H. R.College of Commerce in Mumbai

Occupation Career:

He is an actor.
Shivdasani was selected as the Farex baby (Baby food brand) at age 14 months and from that point on he appeared in many TV commercials. He made his Bollywood debut as a child actor in Mr. India (1987), then appearing in films such as Shahenshah, Chaal Baaz and Insaniyat. Shivdasani continued appearing in commercials till the age of 19 when he was offered a lead role in director Ram Gopal Varma's Mast opposite Urmila Matondkar while still studying at H.R. College. Shivdasani made his debut as an adult opposite Matondkar in Mast. The film became an instant hit. In 2000, Shivdasani won the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut and the Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male for his performance in Mast. He earned critical acclaim for his performance. Mohammad Ali Ikram of Planet Bollywood praised his performance and wrote "Newcomer Aftab Shivdasani comes across as a bit young and aimless when the movie opens, but as you watch the proceedings, you'll learn that this bit of casting makes perfect sense considering Kittu's immaturity and innocence."In 2001, Shivdasani made his comeback to acting with his second film, Vikram Bhatt’s Kasoor opposite the debutant Lisa Ray. Shivdasani played a negative role and shot to instant fame with his portrayal of Shekhar Saxena, a well-known journalist, who murders his wife. His performance in the film earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Best Villain Award and a Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama noticed the improvement in his acting and praised his performance. "Aftab, as the suave publishing magnate, catches you unaware with a performance that is first-rate. His characterization is dissimilar from the one he essayed in his debut-making venture Mast. His work should catapult him to the league of genteel artists."His next release of that year saw him paired with Ram GopalVarma again after Mast in Love KeLiye KuchBhi Karega, in which Shivdasani starred in a supporting role opposite Saif Ali Khan, Fardeen Khan, Twinkle Khanna and Sonali Bendre. Shivdasani's performance was applauded by Taran Adarsh and considered to be better than the other two heroes. Taran Adarsh wrote "Aftab plays to the gallery and gives a good account of himself. Aftab has an edge over the other two heroes because his character is mass appealing. His scenes with Johny Lever are simply superb." However, the film failed at the box office. His last release of the year was Rajiv Rai's Pyaar IshqAur Mohabbat, in which Shivdasani played Taj Bharadwaj, one of the three lead roles with the debutant Arjun Rampal and Suniel Shetty opposite Kirti Reddy. Shivdasani was praised by Taran Adarsh. "Aftab Shivdasani has an edge thanks to his lovable characterisation. He is natural."Pankaj Shukla of Smas Hits wrote "Aftab is impressive as usual and is fast maturing as an actor."In 2002, Shivdasani's first two films Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe opposite debutant Esha Deol and Kya Yehi PyaarHai opposite Ameesha Patel were failures at the box office. His third release of that year was Rajkumar Kohli's multi-starrer supernatural horror Jaani Dushman: EkAnokhi Kahani that was his third consecutive flop. His fourth film of 2002 was the multi-starrer action comedy Awara Paagal Deewana, that proved to be a successful movie and became the seventh highest grosser movie of that year. It was his only hit movie of 2002. His final release of that year was Pyaasa. After an unsuccessful year of 2002, Shivdasani had some success in 2003 with the multi-starrer Darna ManaHai, which was a critical success. His role of Purab, a young college student who has the ability to stop and move people, was critically praised. His next release was Priyadarshan's comedy film Hungama opposite Akshaye Khanna and the debutant RimiSen, which was his second success of that year. His third and final release of that year was Footpath opposite BipashaBasu, Rahul Dev and debutant Emraan Hashmi, which failed to do well at the box office. Shivdasani's first two releases of 2004 were SunoSasurjee opposite Ameesha Patel, and Muskaan opposite Gracy Singh. Both films flopped at the box office. His third release of that year was Indra Kumar's comedy film Masti, in which he starred opposite Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Amrita Rao, Genelia D'Souza, Tara Sharma, Lara Dutta and Ajay Devgan. The film became a semi-hit. His last release of that year Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart opposite AnupamKher and Shriya Saran, which failed at the box office.In 2005, Shivdasani's films MrYa Miss opposite Antara Mali and Koi AapSa opposite Natassha flopped at the box office. All of Shivdasani's films were failures in 2006. Shivdasani found some success with multi-starrer films in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Shivdasani appeared in Acid Factory. Shivdasani's last release was 2012 super-hit 1920 Evil Returns in which he played the lead role opposite Twinkle Bajpai he is currently filming for the Grand Masti, a sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Masti.In 2009, Shivdasani acted in Aao Wish Karein, the first film produced under his production company, Rising Sun Entertainment. He helped co-write the script and also played the lead character, Mickey. In 2011, Shivdasani played the lead role in the comedy film Bin BulayeBaraati opposite Priyanka Kothari.

Awards /Honors:

2000: Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut for Mast
2000: Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male for Mast
2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Kasoor


  • 1987 Mr. India
  • 1988 Shahenshah
  • 1989 ChaalBaaz
  • 1990 Awwal Number
  • 1990 C.I.D.
  • 1994 Insaniyat
  • 1999 Mast
  • 2001 Kasoor
  • 2001 Love
  • 2001 PyaarIshqAurMohabbat
  • 2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe
  • 2002 Kya YehiPyaarHai
  • 2002 AwaraPaagalDeewana
  • 2002 JaaniDushman: EkAnokhiKahani
  • 2002 Pyaasa
  • 2003 DarnaManaHai
  • 2003 Hungama
  • 2003 Footpath
  • 2004 SunoSasurjee
  • 2004 Muskaan
  • 2004 Masti Prem
  • 2004 Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart
  • 2005 Koi Aap Sa
  • 2005 DeewaneHuyePaagal
  • 2005 MrYa Miss
  • 2006 Shaadi Se Pehle
  • 2006 Ankahee
  • 2006 DarwazaBandhRakho
  • 2006 JaaneHoga Kya
  • 2007 Nishabd
  • 2007 Red: The Dark Side
  • 2007 Life Mein KabhieKabhiee
  • 2007 Speed
  • 2007 Om Shanti Om Deewangi
  • 2007 DusKahaniyaan
  • 2008 De Taali
  • 2008 Money HaiToh Honey Hai
  • 2009 AlooChaat
  • 2009 Daddy Cool
  • 2009 KambakkhtIshq
  • 2009 Acid Factory
  • 2009 Aao Wish Karein
  • 2011 Bin BulayeBaraati
  • 2012 Players
  • 2012 1920 - Evil Returns
  • 2013 Grand Masti

Quotes and Memoirs:

I've been told that I look like Aamir Khan... but I'm sure Aamir would feel insulted if he's told that he looks like me.
You know, today if I saw a struggling young actor trying to make it in Hindi films without any backing or background, I would understand him.
I wouldn't want to be in Hrithik's shoes.
Ramu never meant to launch me or anything. You could call him my mentor, not my Godfather.
I didn't know a damned thing about the industry when I did 'Mast' and had it been a hit, I would've become complacent by now.