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 Varun Sood
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Sood in 2017
Birth Date Template:Birth-date and age[1]
Birth Place Kolkata, West Bengal, India[2]
Occupation: VJ
Actor
Hometown: Delhi, India[2]
Parents: Brig. Vineet Sood, Anjali Sood [3]
Relatives: Akshita Sood
Vedika Sood
Alma Mater: Army Public School, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University[4]
Bigg Boss Hindi 12 (2018)
Entered: Day 1
Exited: Day 7
Status: Evicted
Nomination(s): 14
Eviction(s): 1

Varun Sood (born 1 April 1995) is an Indian VJ and Actor. He is known for participating in MTV India's Roadies X2, Splitsvilla 9 and Ace Of Space 1.[2] Sood made his VJ debut by hosting NBA Slam with Rannvijay Singha and his acting debut with MTV Big F.[5] He was a contestant on Dance Ki Takkar

Early life

Varun was born in Kolkata at the Belle Vue Clinic.[2] He attended 7 different schools; Dalhousie Public School, Army Public School Willington, Naval Public School, Army Public School, Kolkata and finished his schooling at Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan.[2] He graduated with B.Com Hons at Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University.[4] Also a sport enthusiast, he has successfully been engaged in basketball at school and university. Varun has also been a former Indian national basketball player.[6] He said, "From a fat under confident Varun to a fitter confident Varun, basketball had a huge role to play."[7] He was supposed to join the Indian Army like his father and grandfather but after Roadies X2, he found his footing. When he was in third year of college, he participated in Splitsvilla 9 and emerged as a runner up.[2]

Personal life

Sood first met Martina Thariyan during MTV India's Roadies X2 in 2015 where they both were in the same gang. Fans loved their chemistry while both of them maintained that they were just friends.[8]

They appeared on-screen again in May 2016 for MTV Splitsvilla 9 where they both were called a power couple and the media and fans dubbed the couple Vartina.[9] In September 2016 rumors surrounded stating that Martina was cheating on Varun but they both tweeted stating that they had broken up on cordial terms but still remained friends.[10][11]

In 2017, Varun was dating VJ Benafsha Soonawalla.[12][13] The two broke up when she cheated on him with Priyank Sharma.[14]

In 2018, Sood participated in MTV India's Ace Of Space with his best friend Divya Agarwal. After realising his feelings for her, he proposed to her on the show. Popularly known as DivRun, the two were the highest voted contestants. After winning the show, Divya confirmed that the two are dating.[15]

Career

Sood wants to walk in the path of Rannvijay Singha "I have always been inspired by him and wanted to be like him. I wanted to have a life like him. Not only his career, but also the way he is with his family and friends. Rannvijay and I have a common interest in basketball and so we play and watch a lot of videos on YouTube."[2]

He participated in his second reality show MTV Splitsvilla 9. "In Splitsvilla, there’s a misconception that you have to give gaalis and fight to stay in the competition and survive on the show. I wanted to change the misconception.. I wanted to show that I could be who I am and yet survive."[2] He emerged as the runners up after reaching the finals. Varun wants to stay with the youth and inspire them, "I am with MTV India now. I will be working as a VJ. I will soon start Campus Diaries, where I will travel to colleges across the country. I want to stay in the youth show category. Then, let’s see, I want to try for movies too."[2]

Varun Sood has hosted 3 episodes of NBA Slam along with Rannvijay Singha.[16][17][18]

He made his acting debut in an episodic with MTV Big F season 2 in 2017.[19] Varun hosted UCypher, India's first multi-platform eSports league along with actress Ayesha Adlakha [20] in January, 2018. [21] In 2018, Sood participated in MTV's Ace Of Space where he finished as the Second Runner Up.[22]

In 2019, he hosted Roadies: Real Heroes on MTV India as an Roadies Insider with Divya Agarwal.[23] He is a contestant on Dance Ki Takkar.

Other work

Varun Sood was one of the fashion and lifestyle social influencers from the world representing India at Singapore for Digital Fashion Week 2015.[24] "Sood is used to a nomadic way of life because of his father, whose job as an officer with the Indian Army takes the family from place to place. No wonder he has a passion for travelling, fashion and adventure sports!"[24]

Varun has also represented brands like Koovs and Van Heusen.[7] He walked the ramp for Roadies VDot Collection[25][26][7] and was the show-stopper for the launch of Roadies Bottom Wear collection.[27]

He is also a part of Squadrann, a group started by Rannvijay Singha. Prince Narula, Harman Singha, Vicky Arora, Dishank Arora, Archis Partil, Gurmeet Singh Rehal and Jay Bodas are also a part of this gang. [28][29]

Along with several celebrities like Farah Khan, Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Bharti Singh etc., Varun too was a part of the MTV India campaign #IAmFlawsome that urges youngsters to come out, be their real self and embrace their flaws.[30] The campaign gained immense momentum within 24 hours and the industry stalwarts started coming out in support of the campaign. "As a child I was often bullied because I was a fat kid. If I would have been affected by what others thought about me, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Nobody is perfect. I have the freedom to flaunt my flaws. #IAmFlawsome" Varun Sood said.[30][31][32][33]

Varun has also been part of HE Deodorant's digital campaign to celebrate International Men’s Day, encouraging all men to come forward and wear their ‘Bro Code’ on their sleeves.[34]

Television

Year Show Role Channel Notes Ref
2015 MTV Roadies 12 Contestant MTV India [35]
2016 MTV Splitsvilla 9 Runner Up [35]
NBA Slam Host Sony SIX & Sony ESPN [36][6][18]
2017 MTV Campus Diaries MTV India [35]
MTV Big F Daljeet Brar Episodic Role [37]
2018 UCypher Host [38][39]
Box Cricket League 3 Contestant Player in Chandigarh Cubs
MTV Troll Police Himself [40][41]
Bigg Boss 12 Contestant Evicted, Day 7
MTV Ace Of Space 1 Contestant Second Runner Up [42]
2019 NBA Saturday Morning Live Himself Sony Ten [43]
Roadies: Real Heroes Host MTV India Roadies Insider
Dance Ki Takkar 8 Contestant Star Plus

References

  1. The -10 year old was hard to beat in any challenge throughout the show and never failed to impress us. Times Of India. Retrieved on 9 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Teen throb Varun Sood talks Calcutta & Pokemon Go, Martina & Rannvijay, basketball and youtube. The Telegraph (26 August 2016). Retrieved on 26 August 2016.
  3. Vineet Sood, Anjali Sood. Splitsvilla 9EntertainmentAtoZ. Retrieved on 2 September 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 I was studying BCom at Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, when I was selected for Roadies X2. The Telegraph. Retrieved on 26 August 2016.
  5. The first episode will feature Bollywood actor and VJ Rannvijay Singha engaging in a humorous face-off with celebrity guest Varun Sood.. Retrieved on 13 January 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 former Indian national basketball players and hardcore NBA fans. Retrieved on 9 October 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 engaged in basketball at school and university.. Retrieved on 12 September 2016.
  8. Martina and I are close since Roadies X2. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  9. 6 times vartina from splitsvilla 9 showed us how to love. MTV India. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  10. This Popular Reality TV Couple Just Broke Up & It Was Fairly Dramatic!. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  11. OMG! Martina Thariyan ditched Varun Sood to date THIS guy post MTV Splitsvilla season 9 finale!. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  12. Is Something Brewing Between Varun Sood And This Ex-Roadie?. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  13. Hot photos: Ex-roadies contestant Benafsha Soonawalla is killing with her stunning looks. Retrieved on 22 May 2017.
  14. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Retrieved on 27 November 2018.
  15. Ace of Space winner Divya Agarwal confirms dating Varun Sood (in en).
  16. The first episode will feature Bollywood actor and VJ Rannvijay Singha engaging in a humorous face-off with celebrity guest Varun Sood.. Retrieved on 25 September 2016.
  17. NBA Slam Is Here!. Retrieved on 25 September 2016.
  18. 18.0 18.1 NBA Slam: Episode 5 – The Horford-Aldridge Conundrum. Retrieved on 22 October 2016.
  19. Varun Sood learns a new sport for MTV Big F Season 2. Times of India. Retrieved on 27 March 2017.
  20. Varun Sood, Ayesha Adlakha to host eSports league UCypher. Retrieved on 14 January 2018.
  21. Ronnie Screwvala's eSports league UCypher to hit the screens soon. Retrieved on 14 January 2018.
  22. Varun Sood joins 'Ace of Space' (in en). The Times of India.
  23. Varun Sood and Divya Agarwal: It’s special to be in love with your best friend.
  24. 24.0 24.1 The Fashion World According To Global Influencers. Elle. Retrieved on 2 September 2016.
  25. Get Your Roadie Attitude On with new Roadies Collection by VDOT Roadies VDot Collection Launch. Retrieved on 12 September 2016.
  26. Roadies inspired fashion collection launched. Retrieved on 12 September 2016.
  27. Viacom18 Consumer Products launches Roadies Bottomwear in association with Beevee. Retrieved on 2 July 2017.
  28. Rannvijay Singh Singha on style, Snapchat and Squadrann.... The Telegraph. Retrieved on 17 August 2016.
  29. Squad Rann: Ranvijay Singh and his Team on Tv Show. Retrieved on 8 September 2016.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Awesome yet beautifully flawed in so many ways - MTV's #IamFlawsome. FirstPost. Retrieved on 13 September 2016.
  31. Bharti Singh, Abhay Deol, Varun Sood, Yuvraaj Thakur, Martina Thariyan reveal why despite having flaws, they still are awesome!. Retrieved on 13 September 2016.
  32. Varun, Martina, Yuvraj share their flaws!. Retrieved on 13 September 2016.
  33. #IAmFlawsome: Bharti Singh, Abhay Deol & others reveal how despite having flaws, they still are awesome!. Retrieved on 13 September 2016.
  34. HE Deodorant celebrates International Men’s Day 2016 with the 'Bro Code'. Retrieved on 26 November 2016.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 With two youth shows on MTV — Roadies X2 and Splitsvilla 9 (26 August 2016). Retrieved on 1 September 2016.
  36. NBA Slam Is Here!. Retrieved on 9 October 2016.
  37. Varun Sood learns a new sport for MTV Big F Season 2. Times of India. Retrieved on 9 October 2016.
  38. Varun Sood, Ayesha Adlakha to host eSports league UCypher. Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  39. UCypher, one of India’s biggest esports phenomenon that launches on January 19 on MTV. Retrieved on 19 January 2018.
  40. Troll faces Malishka's wrath on Voot. Retrieved on 4 March 2018.
  41. Inspiring Jwala champions her troll!. Retrieved on 4 March 2018.
  42. Varun Sood joins 'Ace of Space' (in en). The Times of India.
  43. Catch the Saturday Morning Live mid-show, where Manas Singh is joined by Varun Sood, Harman Singha, and Malishka Mendonsa to review the half-time performance between Team World and Team USA, where Team USA lead the former by 12 points. (in en).

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