Viraj Ghelani Wiki, Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More

Viraj Ghelani is an Indian actor, comedian, content creator, YouTuber, and social media influencer, who is known for appearing in the videos of YouTube channels like Dice Media, Gobble, and FilterCopy. In 2022, he played the role of Baldev in the Vicky Kaushal starrer Hindi film ‘Govinda Naam Mera.’

Wiki/Biography

Viraj Ghelani was born in 1993 (age 29 years; as of 2022) in South Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra. After completing his class 10, he studied at Abhinav Hi-Tech College of Engineering, Mumbai. He then attended a college in Mumbai, but he did not like the environment of the college and dropped out from there within a year of joining it. He then pursued Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Thakur College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai. While he was studying at Thakur College of Science and Commerce, he once performed in a comic act in which he portrayed the ex-Bigg Boss contestant Dolly Bindra. His performance was liked by the audience, and from there, he developed an interest in acting. He then hosted various events in his college and performed in various acts.

Viraj Ghelani hosting an event

To pursue his higher studies, he attended NMIMS, Mumbai, and there he realised he could not make his career as an engineer, so he dropped out from there. [1] [2] After dropping out from NMIMS, Mumbai, he started auditioning at various film production houses to make his career in the entertainment industry, but he got rejected from all the auditions. He then started making videos on his Snapchat account which went viral. Later, the online portal BuzzFeed published an article ‘Top 20 Indians on Snapchat You Should Follow’ in which Viraj’s name was also listed. Gradually, he started gaining popularity. He then started sending his portfolio to digital platforms like TVF and FilterCopy.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 8″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Family

Viraj Ghelani belongs to a Gujarati family. [3]

Parents & Siblings

His parents work as teachers in school. His younger brother, Jayraj Ghelani, is a professional footballer.

Viraj Ghelani with his mother

Viraj Ghelani and his brother

Relationships/Affairs

As of 2022, he has been dating Palak Khimavat for more than two years.

Viraj Ghelani and his girlfriend

Career

Corporate Jobs

At the beginning of his career, he did a few corporate jobs in HR and sales. Viraj then got a job as a Snapchat videos manager at the digital entertainment company FilterCopy for a salary of Rs 16000-17000 pm for it. [4] He then started working as a content writer with FilterCopy. Viraj has worked as a content creator for the YouTube channel FilterCopy and its sister concerns Dice Media and Gobble. He has also worked as a content creator at an Indian media company Pocket Aces Pictures Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.

Web Series

In 2017, he made his debut as an actor in the episode ‘Humse Na Ho Paayega’ from the Hindi TV web series ‘2By3’ in which he played the role of Veer. The video was uploaded on the YouTube channel Dice Media.

2By3 web series

He has appeared in various Dice Media’s web series like ‘Adulting’ (2018) ‘Fairy Lights’ (2019), ‘What the Folks’ (2019), and ‘Firsts’ (2020).

‘What the Folks’ (2019)

Short Film

In 2019, he acted in the Hindi short film ‘The Test.’

Film

Viraj made his Bollywood debut with the 2022 film ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ in which he played the role of Baldev Chaddha aka Ballu.

Viraj Ghelani in Govinda Naam Mera

YouTube

Viraj started making videos on YouTube with the name ‘Fifty Shades Of Ghe’ in which Ghe meant Ghelani. On 16 November 2020, he started his YouTube channel ‘That’s So Viraj’ on which he uploads sketch videos, podcasts, informative content, and comic videos. Some of his YouTube videos are ‘Things Gujju Moms Say’ (2020), ‘Fancy Restaurants Are The Worst’ (2021), ‘Me And My Gym Buddy’ (2022), and ‘Koffee With KJO – Writers Room’ (2022).

Koffee With KJO – Writers Room (2022)

He has also uploaded a few comic videos with his maternal grandmother Bhanuben Thakkar.

Viraj Ghelani with his maternal grandmother

Other Work

In 2016, he worked as an assistant art director in the Hindi digital series ‘Little Things.’ In 2019, he appeared in the Hindi music video ‘thank u (pls)’ by Avanti Nagral.

A still of Viraj Ghelani from the music video thank u pls

In 2019, he appeared in the digital show ‘Trending Talents.’ Viraj has launched a merchandise clothing website named Creative Ideas Store.

Viraj Ghelani’s Creative Ideas Store

In 2020, he was featured in the Hindi music video ‘The Lockdown Rap’ along with a few other Indian content creators. He has collaborated with various brands like FBB, MX player, Tinder, and Hotstar.

Favourites

  • Content Creator(s): Key and Peele
  • Street Food: Maggie
  • WWE Wrestler: Randy Orton
  • IPL Team: Mumbai Indians

Facts/Trivia

  • While he was in school, he was not good at his studies. He was even expelled from his school.
  • In 2015, he started making videos on the online video-creating app Dubsmash. He has uploaded his Dubsmash videos on his Instagram account.
  • In 2019, he bought a Hyundai car which he gifted to his mother.

    Viraj Ghelani with his car

  • Viraj Ghelani is an avid animal lover.

    Viraj Ghelani with a dog

  • He is an eggetarian and loves to eat anda bhurji. [5]
  • In 2020, he was invited as a guest speaker at TEDx Talks BITS in Goa.

    Viraj Ghelani in TEDx Talks

  • He has received many awards including The Entertainer of the Year Award (2022) by Exhibit Magazine.

    Viraj Ghelani with his award

  • In 2022, Viraj was ranked no. 26 in Forbes India’s Top 100 Digital Stars. [6]