Viraj Ghelani is an Indian actor, comedian, content creator, YouTuber, and social media influencer, who is known for appearing in videos of YouTube channels like Dice Media, Gobble, and FilterCopy. In 2022, he played the role of Baldev in Vicky Kaushal starrer Hindi film ‘Govinda Naam Mera.’
Viraj Ghelani was born in 1993 (age 30 years; as of 2023) in South Borivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra. After completing his class 10, he studied at Abhinav Hi-Tech College of Engineering, Mumbai. He then enrolled himself at 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. Thereafter, he pursued a 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 performed in a comic act in which he portrayed the role of 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.
Thereafter, he enrolled himself in NMIMS, Mumbai, to pursue his higher studies. However, he soon realised that he was not meant for engineering, so he dropped out of college. YouTube – TEDx Talks YouTube – Digital Commentary He then gave several auditions to make his career in the entertainment industry, but he got rejected. 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. Thereafter, he sent his portfolio to digital platforms like TVF and FilterCopy.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Both his parents are school teachers. His younger brother, Jayraj Ghelani, is a professional footballer.
As of 2022, he has been dating Palak Khimavat for more than two years.
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 at a salary of Rs 16000-17000 per month. YouTube – Digital Commentary Subsequently, Viraj started working as a content writer with FilterCopy. He has also worked as a content creator for FilterCopy’s sister concerns Dice Media and Gobble and the Indian media company Pocket Aces Pictures Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.
In 2017, he made his debut as an actor in the episode ‘Humse Na Ho Paayega’ of the Hindi TV web series ‘2By3’ in which he played the role of Veer. The video was uploaded on the YouTube channel Dice Media.
He has appeared in various Dice Media’s web series like ‘Adulting’ (2018) ‘Fairy Lights’ (2019), ‘What the Folks’ (2019), and ‘Firsts’ (2020).
In 2019, he acted in the Hindi short film ‘The Test.’
Viraj made his Bollywood debut with the 2022 film ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ in which he played the role of Baldev Chaddha aka Ballu.
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).
He has also uploaded a few comic videos with his maternal grandmother Bhanuben Thakkar on the channel.
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.
In 2019, he appeared in the digital show ‘Trending Talents.’ Viraj has also launched a merchandise clothing website named 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.
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- Viraj was not so good at studies in his school days, and once, he was even expelled from his school for this reason.
- 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 gifted a Hyundai car to his mother.
- Viraj Ghelani is an avid animal lover.
- In 2020, he was invited as a guest speaker at TEDx Talks BITS in Goa.
- He has received many awards including The Entertainer of the Year Award (2022) by Exhibit Magazine.