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Adarsh Gourav        

Indian Musician and Film Actor Best Known for "The White Tiger"

Adarsh Gourav is an Indian film actor and singer. Gourav is best known for his portrayal of Mohit Chadda in the 2017 film Mom and his leading role of Balram Halwai in the 2021 Netflix original film The White Tiger which garnered him international and critical acclaim most recently winning the 'Rising Star' award at The Asian World Film Festival.

He was scouted to sing for Raell Padamsee's theatre company. He also sang for films like Black and White and Chal Chalein. Although his acting career began when he was 14, Adarsh seriously started pursuing acting when he was cast to play one of the primary characters in a film titled "Banana", produced by John Abraham Entertainment and directed by Sajid Ali. While in his final year of college at Narsee Monjee College of Commerce, he worked with Anurag Kashyap in his short film "Clean Shaven" with Radhika Apte. The next year he was cast as the lead in Rukh alongside Manoj Bajpayee and as one of the antagonists in Sridevi's Mom. In order to work on his craft, he took a break and went to The Drama School Mumbai in 2016. After finishing school, he worked in the Amazon production "Die Trying" and the TVF production Hostel Daze. He also played Prince Tarquin in the NCPA production "Lucrece" directed by Paul Goodwin in 2017. In 2018, he worked with Academy nominee Deepa Mehta on her Netflix series Leila.

After a few months of not being able to find any acting work, he was called in for an audition of The White Tiger. His portrayal of Balram Halwai in the Netflix film has been lauded by all as the "star of Ramin Bahrani's film." For his performance, Gourav was nominated for the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and was also nominated for the BAFTA for Best Actor.

Gourav learnt Hindustani classical music for nine years under different Gurus. In college, he was the lead vocalist for a progressive rock band called "Oak Island". He started getting interested in Western music while in Junior college and sang for the college band "Steepsky". They recorded a single called "Good guys finish last". In college, he sang for a progressive rock band called "Oak Island" which was also featured in MTV Indies-Never Hide Sounds. They recorded an EP called "Aliens can't Jump". They played at various band events and venues and at one point, they were considering to move to America to become a touring band.

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