Birthday special: A look at Kushal Tandon’s career, controversies and more!

The small screen’s pin-up boy turns 29 today

Born on March 29, 1985, Kushal Tandon began his career as a model before he entered small screen. He was the first runner-up of Grasim Mr India contest held in January 2005 and was ranked at number 6 in the Eastern Eye UK magazine’s 50 Sexiest Asian Man 2012.

Let’s take a look at Kushal’s career highs and lows, controversies and more…

– Kushal started his acting career with the television series Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. During the show he shaved off his hair as he played Virat Singh Vadhera, who does the act in the show to show his support for a bald young Cancer patient. This gutsy move of his got him a lot of praises from the viewers.

– Tandon along with her girlfriend Elena Boeva went on to participate in season 5 of couple dance reality show, Nach Baliye. However few months after the show came to an end, reports about Kushal and Elena’s break-up started doing rounds. That’s not it many even suggested that the duo got hitched just to participate in the couple dance reality show.

– Kushal also participated in season 7 of India’s most controversial reality show, Bigg Boss, which was hosted by Salman Khan. And his stint in this high voltage reality show is probably the highest point in his life, yet. While he was locked inside the glass walled house, he became very good friends with fellow contestant Gauahar Khan. However, ultimately the cupid’s arrow struck and the two fell in love with each other. And the duo were quite open about it as they became the first couple in the history of Bigg Boss to confess about their relationship on national television.

– It is also during his stay in the house of horrors that he became an overnight hero in the eyes of masses. It all started when he physically attacked a fellow contestant, VJ Andy, after which he was dismissed from the show and her lady love Gauahar also chose to walk out with him. While Gauahar returned to the Bigg Boss house within 2 days, Kushal was not brought back into the house. What followed was a huge tamashaa with viewers signing petitions to return Tandon to the show. Phir kya tha? The TV actor ultimately made his return on the show.

– How can we forget his tiff with the host and Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan? The two often got into a war of words with each other for uncountable reasons. But at the end, everything was sorted and the TV actor and Bollywood superstar were back to being good friends.