Birth Date: 25th June, 1978
Marital Status: Engaged to Nin Dusanj
Awards: In 2000, Aftab won the Zee Cine Award in the Best Male Debutant category for his film, ‘Mast’, directed by Ram Gopal Verma.Same year he received the Star Screen Award for the Most Promising New Comer (Male) for ‘Mast’. Next up, in 2002, he was awarded the Zee Cine Award for the Best Actor in Negative Role category for ‘Kasoor’. Same year, he also got nominated for the Filmfare Best Villain Award for the same film.
Trivia: Aftab Shivdasani was a child actor who began his career at 14 months as the face of Farex baby food!
Aftab debuted as an actor in Bollywood at the age of 9, he was in the movie Mr. India.
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 nameis Afsana Shivdasani. He completed his education from St. Xaviers High School situated at Lokmanya Tilak Marg, Mumbai and he did his graduation from the H.R College of Commerce, Mumbai.
During the time between 1984 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 Shekhar Kapur. 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 Gopal Verma. Aftab was offered a lead role opposite actress Urmila Matondkar in his film, Mast. 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 Ke Liye Bhi Kuch Karega, directed by E. Niwas. In this multistarrer 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.
Pyaar Ishq Aur 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 Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai were not successful at the Box Office.Rajkumar Kohli’s supernatural thriller titled Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahaani, was Aftab’s third release of the year, which too was a flop. His fourth release of the year, Awara Paagal 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, Rimi Sen.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 theaters.
In 2005, Aftab appeared in Mr. Ya Miss, a comedy where his character turned into a women and learns to appreciate the women in his life, though an interesting and funny movie it didn’t do well at the Box Office. He also released Koi Aap Sa in 2005 which went quite unnoticed by fans as well. In 2006 Aftab was seen in Shaadi Se Pehle, Ankahee (a movie based on Sushmita Sen’s life and affair with Vikram Bhatt), Darwaza Bandh Rakho, and Jaane Hoga Kya, unfortunately all of these movies failed to impress audiences. However he did find a little bit of success in 2007 and 2008 with certain multi-starrer films. In 2007 he was in Nishabd, Red: The Dark Side, Life Mein Khabie Khabie, Speed and Dus Kahaniya ( a film made up of 10 mini stories.) In 2008-2009 Aftab found some success in a string of multi-starrer flicks, mostly comedies like De Taali, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, Aloo Chaat, Daddy Cool, Kambakkht Ishq, and Acid Factory.
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.
2012 saw the release of Players and the hit- horror flick 1920: Evil Returns. In 2013 the sequel the 2003 hit movie Masti was released and like the original, Grand Masti was also a blockbuster hit! Aftab is currently working on 3 new movies for 2014, Total Dhamaal, Dost and Master Plan.