Eijaz Khan is an Indian film and television actor. He is famous for playing the role of ‘Jassi’ in the Bollywood film ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011) and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ (2015).
Eijaz Khan was born on Thursday, 28 August 1975 (age 45 years; as in 2020), in Hyderabad, Telangana. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He did his schooling from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School in Chembur, Mumbai. Later, he attended Datta Meghe College of Engineering in Mumbai and pursued his degree in civil engineering. He has also studied at the School of International Service in American University, Washington, DC.
Height: 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
He belongs to a Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Satar Khan. Eijaz had a troubled childhood as his parents got separated when he was only three years old. His mother lived in Hyderabad with his sister, while Eijaz, along with his brother and father, moved to Mumbai. When he was in second class, he went to meet his mother when she was on her death bed as she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He stayed with his mother for four months, and then, he returned back to Mumbai. In 1991, Khan’s mother passed away, and he got to know about his mother’s death after many years of her death. After almost 13 years, he decided to find his sister as there was no communication between Eijaz and his sister since their parents had parted away. When Ejiaz grew up, he started facing problems with his father due to their different lifestyles. He then left his home and enrolled himself in an engineering college.
In an interview, he said,
I had to struggle even for a bhurji-pav that only cost 6 at the time. Don’t remember much about my mom. All I remember is my parents’ fight?”
Relationships, Wife & Children
While he was working in the Hindi TV serial ‘Kkavyanjali’ (2005), he became friends with his co-star Anita Hassanandani, soon, they fell in love with each other. Reportedly, the two also got engaged to each other. In an old interview, Anita said,
Sometimes the attention becomes difficult to handle! But I have no qualms in admitting that Eijaz is one of the best things to have happened in my life. I consider myself really lucky to have come close to a wonderful person like Eijaz. People keep on asking us when we are getting married. My only request to them and everyone else is to have a bit more patience. Both of us are concentrating on our careers now and want to get settled their completely before settling down on the personal front! We will plan marriage when we feel we are ready!”
Later, Eijaz started ignoring her and cheated on her with Natalie Di Luccio and Nidhi Kashyap. In 2010, the couple parted ways. In an interview, Eijaz with teary eyes shared that cheating on her was the biggest regret of his life. He further said,
It was the one and only time I cheated on somebody. She came to know later and I confessed. I tried my best to repair the relationship, but we couldn’t mend the irreparable damage that had already been done. It was then that we decided it would be best to let it go. Cheating on her will remain my biggest regret.”
On 18 October 2013, Anita Hassanandani tied the knot with her long time boyfriend Rohit Reddy in Goa.
Eijaz met Italian-Canadian singer, Natalie Di Luccio at the airport where he returned her lost passport. They connected well at their first meeting, and soon, they became friends. They started dating each other, but Ejiaz’s relationship with Natalie did not last long. In an interview, Eijaz said,
We were two amazing people at different phases in our lives. The root cause of our relationship falling apart was my psyche. It started going downhill during ‘Laut Aao Trisha’. I played a dark character, who turns bitter after losing his wife and daughter. Somewhere, the lines blurred between real and reel and our relationship suffered. I had to undergo therapy for depression, and it made me realise that I was superimposing my childhood memories to play the part.”
While talking about Natalie, he said,
Coming back to Natalie, we remain cordial. I never loved anybody like I loved her — like a child, my equal, a friend, travel partner. I don’t think it was right for me to expect Natalie to give her precious time to our relationship. I would have also advised her to focus on her career if I were her family. I am the only person who knows the real Natalie. After she left, I was very disturbed to the point of not wanting to live anymore. I would lock myself up in my room for days on end. As actors, we are emotionally fragile. On top of that, we men are expected to be macho and strong, no matter how broken we are inside.”
Later, the couple ended their relationship due to increasing troubles in their life. In 2018, Natalie tied the knot with the Roadies fame, Raghu Ram.
He was in a short term relationship with Nidhi Kashyap. Talking about her, Eijaz said,
Due to some reasons, she shifted to my apartment and we got into a relationship. But I realised after a few months that it was not what I wanted. I started telling her that it was not meant to be. But she got carried away and tried to file a police complaint against me because of which I could not attend Tanu Weds Manu promotions. I had to leave Mumbai for a couple of days because of that. She took away my pets to punish him for calling off the relationship.”
She even filed a non-cognizable case against Khan at Amboli Police Station, Mumbai for physically assaulting her at Amboli Police Station, Mumbai. Later, she patched up with him and went to his home to stay with him. Khan’s relationship with her did not last long.
He started his career as a professional background dancer and has worked in the popular Bollywood film ‘Chachi 420’ (1997) in which he was a dancer.
In 1999, he appeared in the Bollywood film ‘Thakshak’ in which he played a small role. He played the role of Sohail Khan’s friend in the Bollywood film ‘Maine Dil Tujhko Diya’ (2002) in which he had a bigger role than his previous two films. He was spotted by the Indian film director-producer Sandiip Sikcand who offered him a role in a Hindi TV serial.
Khan got immense popularity with his role in various Hindi TV serials. In 2003, he debuted in the popular Hindi TV serial ‘Kahiin To Hoga’ in which he played the role of Varun Raheja. He then appeared in various Hindi television serials, including ‘Kayaamat’ (2003), ‘Kkusum’ (2004), ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ (2004), Kkoi Dil Mein Hai’ (2004), and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’ (2005). He got immense popularity with the Hindi TV serial ‘Kkavyanjali’ (2005) in which he played the lead role opposite Anita Hassanandani.
Later, he appeared in many other popular Hindi TV serials, like ‘Kayamath’ (2007), ‘Naaginn’ (2007), ‘Dil Se Diya Vachan’ (2010), ‘Punar Vivaah’ (2013), ‘Balika Vadhu’ (2015), ‘Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (2017), ‘Bepanah Pyaar’ (2020), and ‘Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi- Kahani Mata Rani Ki’ (2020).
Apart from serials, he has also tried his luck in Hindi films as well. Some of his Hindi films are ‘Bhanwra’ (2008), ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011), ‘Zilla Ghaziabad’ (2013), ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ (2015), ‘Upstarts’ (2019), and ‘Shaan’ (2020).
Khan has appeared in two popular Hindi item songs; ‘Dilli ki Sardi’ from the film ‘Zameen’ (2003) and ‘Tumhein aaj maine jo dekha’ from the film ‘Kuch Na Kaho’ (2003).
He appeared in various music videos like “Leena Ho Leena” from the album ‘DJ Doll-Kaanta Laga Remix’ (2002), “Kehdoon Tumhayn” from ‘DJ Hot Remix Vol. 1’ (2003), “Piya Tu Ab Toh Aaja” (Medley) from ‘Dance Masti’ (2003), and “Ho Gaya Mujhe Pyaar Remix” from ‘Aisa Jadoo Remix’ (2003).
He has also acted in a few Hindi web series, including ‘Halala’ (2019), ‘Mayanagari- City of Dreams’ (2019), ‘Bhram’ (2019), and ‘Kashmakash – Chat Talk’ (2020). Eijaz has featured in many TV commercials such as Breeze, Chloromint, TVS Victor, and BSNL.
Awards & Honours
Indian Telly Awards
2005: Best Onscreen Couple with Anita Hassanandani
Zee Gold Awards
2007: Best Dressed Man
Garv Indian TV Awards
2014: Best Onscreen Jodi of Decade with Anita Hassanandani
2017: Best Actor (Critics) for Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaagey
- Actor(s): Robin Williams, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro
- Film(s): Mother India (1957) and The Godfather (1972)
- As he was born in the same year when the epic Bollyood film ‘Sholay’ was released, his father decided to call him “Gabbar.” He shared this information while he was entering the Bigg Boss 14 house in 2020.
- He is an avid animal lover, and he owns many pet dogs including Mukteshwar, Blossom, Katori, and Maxx. In one of his Instagram’s post, he wrote,
I got a female dog called Blossom, which was a first for me. When I brought her home, she was in a bad shape. She had been tied on the highway for two weeks, had maggots all over her body and had trust issues. She needed tough love but in reality, she saved me. Taking care of her helped me through the past few months.”
- In an interview, he said that his first income was Rs 5000; at that time, he used to sell ICICI bonds at Chembur.
- He started learning guitar at the age of 20.
- He has worked as a concert producer with BTM agency; a broadcasting & media production company.
- He is a fitness freak and regularly works out in the gym.
- He has got five tattoos inked on his body. First is an ‘intricate arctic wolf howling at the moon’ on his pelvis, second is an ambigram of his surname on his arm, third is an ambigram of a combination of two different words ‘Respect’ and ‘Believe’ on his other arm, fourth is ‘VIP Kameena,’ and last is on his shoulder ‘a flying horse Pegasus.’
- In an interview, when he was asked any embarrassing experience during romantic romps he had, he said,
Onscreen – once I was doing a heavy-duty make out scene in ‘Kavvyanjali’. The scene was OK in one take but I thought camera didn’t catch my actions while panning so I asked for the re-take then Anita turned around and gave me a look and said why do you want a retake, I had to explain her. I felt very stupid about it. I make romance perfectly in real life.”
- In 2019, he was detected with Typhoid and was admitted in a hospital.
- He is often spotted drinking alcohol in parties. In one of his Instagram posts, he wrote that he used to smoke two packets of cigarettes a day, but later, he quit smoking.
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Due to various problems in his personal life, he suffered from depression and anxiety. In an interview, he said that once he was very depressed and went to Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh for three months, he said,
I went with no money. I was washing utensils and eating in restaurants. I haven’t spoken about this before. I was at the peak of my career, but nobody recognised me there. There, I decided it was time to focus on self-love than finding validation through anything else…I just had one pair of pants and bought 2 second-hand sweaters. And I remember just crying sitting in the mountains asking, why me? Because I had all the necessities I needed for a good, successful life, but I was not happy…I spoke to many people there, and learnt a lot. I didn’t get all my answers there, but it just changed my perspective towards life.”
- While talking about the coronavirus lockdown in 2020, he said,
There should be counselling for people, as many might have had extreme experiences during the lockdown. Now, it will be difficult to go back to normal. In the first month, I cried a lot over things like migrant labourers walking back home and I would feel guilty about having basic stuff. The pandemic forced me to delve into myself and it was the best therapy that I didn’t pay for. There were many lows, too, and I am a private person so opening up is tough. I became disillusioned, wouldn’t eat for eight hours, and ended up scrolling through social media for hours. It seemed like the lockdown wouldn’t end soon.”