Dangal actor Aparshakti Khurana among Top 30 Under 30 at HT Youth Forum 2017
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Dangal actor Aparshakti Khurana among Top 30 Under 30 at HT Youth Forum 2017

In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Aparshakti Khurana.

ht youth forum 2017 Updated: May 25, 2017 17:43 IST
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Aparshakti Khurana (Photo byViral Bhayani)

Quite an act: Aparshakti Khurana, Chandigarh

You saw him in the blockbuster ‘Dangal’, the narrator and cousin with an earthy wit who bore the brunt of all the deadly tackles taught by his pehalwan uncle. A well-known radio jockey and sports anchor, Chandigarh lad Aparshakti Khurana is all set to make waves as an actor as well.

Secret sauce: Work is worship for him. “I never say no to work. My family taught me no work is big or small.”

Inspiration: “My father, who even at this age wakes up thinking this is day one of his life and he has to give his all to the task at hand, every single day. My brother because the kind of focus and passion he has for his craft is unmatchable.”

Challenges facing India: Illiteracy, gender inequality and corruption.

Uplifting feature: “The diversification of efforts in all directions. From economic development through FDI to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and International Yoga Day, we are covering a lot of ground.”

The road ahead: “I am literally living my dream of being an anchor with Star Sports. Reading a few scripts for my next film and doing some good digital content for the web are the biggest disruptors of the day.”

As an agent of change: “I think each one of us can be an agent of change. No matter how small an effort, it goes a long way. My wife and I take weekly classes for the colony kids in our local park. We help them with some homework, take music and dance classes and teach them values to make them better people.”

By the way: Aparshakti is addicted to sports, especially football which is his bi-weekly fix.

To know more about the other achievers, click here

First Published: May 24, 2017 19:30 IST