Ishaan Khatter chose to debut in the film industry with Majid Majidi’s Beyond the Clouds in 2017 where he played a drug dealer who has to grow up and become responsible when his sister gets arrested. A year later, he starred in an as-mainstream-as-it-gets romantic drama called Dhadak which was critically panned but was a huge commercial success. Khatter’s equal parts aloof and out there — we hear nothing from him on Instagram for days and then we’re greeted with a drool-worthy picture of his glistening, bulging muscles. According to the media, he’s dated or is dating all the new debutantes but he told MW that he’s as cheesy — and monogamous — a lover as it gets.

“I mean, live and let live. I’m not turned off by it, but I’m not particularly turned on by it either. It depends on the person – you could connect with them or it could be a fleeting thing. I’m not much of a hookup person and I haven’t had too many of those in my life so I can’t comment on it. I’m more of the traditional-conventional-falling-in-love sort. So, I am a give-myself-fully type. I’m cheesy, man. It doesn’t turn me on or turn me off, if you ask me like that,” he had said.

The actor was last seen in Khaali Peeli which wasn’t the most well-edited movie but Khatter’s action scenes and his fresh chemistry with Ananya Panday (who is a fun gal if we’re being honest) managed to carry it through. In fact, one of the times we’ve missed the big screen is while watching Tehas Nehas. After the debacle that was Beyonce Sharma Jayegi, Vishal and Shekhar really came through with this fantastic number and Khatter and Panday seemed to be really enjoying each others’ company. Not to mention that Khatter took off his ganji towards the end of the song and set the screen on fire. Drool max.

The actor was also a part of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy which was . . . well, appalling. The thing is that Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Randeep Hooda, and Shahana Goswami put in impressive performances but when even the great Tabu cannot manage to hold our attention, you know there is either something wrong with the way the script has been handled or the way the series has been directed. It must be noted that Khatter and Tabu’s star-power and their romantic storyline were major crowd-pullers from the start.

Khatter will be also be seen opposite Box Office favourite, Katrina Kaif, and 2019’s breakout star, Siddhant Chaturvedi in Phone Bhoot which will be directed by Gurmmeet Singh.

The actor also has director Raja Krishna Menon’s Pippa lined up where he shares the screen with Mrunal Thakur and Priyanshu Painyuli. With three young actors coming together for this project, we’re hoping for a freshness that has been missing from Bollywood for a while.

That Ishaan Khatter is a good actor isn’t up for question but he’s known for his fit physique as much as he is known for his acting chops. Thanks to Instagram, we get to see a shirtless Khatter quite often and nobody’s complaining.

Here’s hoping the actor picks interesting projects that do credit to his acting skills. Maybe, he could turn out to be Bollywood’s next action star. We’re a little tired of seeing Tiger Shroff and his stunts.