Karan Patel was born on 23rd November, 1983. He hails from a Gujarati family from Kolkata. However, he did his schooling and further studies from Mumbai. Karan Patel went to Utpal Shanghvi School in Juhu, Mumbai and later graduated from Mithibai College, Mumbai. (All photos: Karan Patel's Instagram account)
Karan Patel learnt acting from the Kishore Namit Patel Acting Institute. Karan polished off his acting skills at the University of Arts in London.
In 2000, Karan Patel began his acting career with the popular television show Kahanii Ghar Ghar Ki. He even had a small role in the TV series Kasautii Zindagii Kay in 2005. He went on to work in serials like Kesar, Kavvyanjali, Kasamh Se, Karam Apna Apna among many others.
Karan Patel bagged the lead role on the series Kasturi in 2007. The show ran for two years during which Karan became popular with the viewers.
In the meanwhile, Karan Patel participated in the celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye - Season 3 (2007) with his (then) girlfriend Amita Chandekar.
In 2008, Karan Patel also hosted reality show Kaho Na Yaar Hai (2008).
In 2010, Karan Patel made his silver-screen debut with Mahesh Manjrekar's City of Gold. The name of the Marathi version of this film is Lalbaug Parel, while the Hindi version was released as City of Gold.
In 2013, he signed Ekta Kapoor's Yeh Hai Mohabbatein (YHM) which became a game changer in Karan Patel's career. As Yeh Hai Mohabbatein crossed 1,500 episodes, in August 2018, Karan Patel credited Kapoor's vision, the show's connect with masses for success.
Karan Patel, after being part of YHM for over five years, said he has had a lot of creative hiccups on set with Ekta Kapoor and the creatives. He said, "There are times when I am not convinced about something and make the team see my point of view, and vice versa. We always talk it out. Eventually, everyone wants what is best for the show."
Having played Raman (his character name in YHM) for five years, when asked if it gets repetitive, Karan Patel said, "There are times when I think, 'How much more can I explore Raman as a character?' But I have made the part my own by infusing my personal traits into him. I try to make Raman relatable to viewers. We don't use stereotypical lines either, we use Hinglish on the show."
While he was a part of YHM, Karan Patel made sure to also be part of reality shows in the form of contestant or a host! He turned a host for Nach Baliye 7 in 2015 and Gumrah (season 5).
Karan Patel has won many awards ranging from 'Favourite New Member' to 'Best Actor' in his acting career thus far.
On the personal front, Karan Patel dated actress Amita Chandekar. The couple met on the sets of their show Kasturi and went on to participate in 'Nach Baliye' as a couple. However, After the dance reality show, Karan and Amita ended their relationship.
Karan Patel also dated actress Kamya Punjabi. However, the couple split a few months before the YHM actor announced his engagement with actress Ankita Bhargava.
Karan Patel wed actress Ankita Bhargava on May 3, 2015. Talking about his relationship with Ankita, Karan said he is not a very romantic person. Said Karan, "I am pathetic when it comes to romance. Ankita is my best friend. We understand each other without having to verbalise our thoughts - she knows exactly how to handle me when I am irked. I know how not to rub her the wrong way."
When asked how has Ankita changed his life, Karan Patel said, "She makes me want to come back home. I used to party and drink, seven days a week, but now it happens only once a week. I have become more health conscious thanks to her. She makes me a better person."
Karan Patel and Ankita Bhargava, recently, braved an unfortunate miscarriage. Talking about the same, he said, "We are in a positive state of mind. We want to start a family and are already planning for it. The incident is behind us. It's a film that didn't release, but the show must go on."
Here's wishing Karan Patel a very happy birthday and a lovely married life ahead!
TV actor Karan Patel, who is currently on the popular television show Yeh Hai Mohbbatein has had a stellar career on the small screen thus far. We take a look at the actor's journey and personal life in pictures
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