Jugal Hansraj, born July 26, 1972, is an Indian actor, model, producer, writer, author, as well as a national award-winning director, based in New York. His acting career started as a child artist in the 1982 film Masoon. This film also starred popular actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi and was about a 9 year old boy whose stepmother was not willing to accept him into the family due to him being born out of an extramarital relationship. This film was based on the novel Man, Woman and Child, by Erich Segal. Masoom had a positive response and thus launched Hansraj’s career. He then continued his career as a child actor in films like Karma and Sultanat, both released in 1986. Hansraj was also featured as a model for TV and print ads as a child. He appeared in notable advertising campaigns for brands such as Vicks Vaporub, Saffola, and Natramul. His adult career started with the film Aa Gale Lag Jaa in 1994, where he was paired with Urmila Matondkar, who coincidentally played his sister in his first film Masoom. His second film was Papa Kehte Hain in 1995 opposite Mayuri Kango. His adult breakthrough film, released in 2000 was the film Mohabbatein, which also featured Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. He then went on to play roles in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Salaam Namaste, Aaja Nachle and Kahaani 2. In 1998, Jugal composed the title song for his friend Karan Johar’s first film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. This song became a super hit and went on to become a Dharma Productions theme song. He then went on to serve as writer and director for the 2008 computer animated film Roadside Romeo. This film was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Studios, and featured the voices of Saig Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javed Jaffrey. It received very negative reviews from critics but went on to win the National Film Award for Best Animated Film. Then in 2017, Hansraj became a published author with his first novel for children titled “Cross Connection.” The book was released in December 2017 by Rupa Publications.
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