Shashank Ketkar is an Indian actor and a theatre artist. He primarily appears in the Marathi television industry. He is known for his work in Marathi television shows such as Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi, Sukhachya Sarini He Man Baware, and Pahile Na Mi Tula.
Shashank Shirish Ketkar was born on Sunday, 15 September 1985 (age 37 years; as of 2022) in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Once, in a media conversation, Shashank disclosed that he was born and brought up in a middle-class family. His family wished Shashank to be a highly qualified person.
Soon after completing his school education, Shashank Ketkar travelled to Australia from India to complete an engineering degree. He attained his graduate degree in engineering in Sydney, Australia, where he was also associated with the swimming school of an Olympic gold medalist, Ian Thorpe. After completing his graduation, Shashank Ketkar worked as a duty manager at Ian’s swimming school for some time. Gradually, he attained certification in swimming and became a qualified swimmer. He then began training many well-known personalities in Australia. He said in the same discussion that he felt superior while working in a senior position at Thrope’s swimming school in Sydney. Shashank Ketkar said,
I had about 50 Australians working under him at the Thorpe’s training school and he felt superior while working at such a senior position.”
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40 Inches, Waist: 32 Inches, Biceps: 12 Inches
Parents & Siblings
Shashank Ketkar’s father’s name is Shirish Ketkar, and his mother’s name is Shilpa Ketkar. He has a sister named Deeksha Ketkar who works in the Marathi film industry as an actress.
Wife & Children
In 2014, Shashank Ketkar got married to Tejashree Pradhan who is a Marathi television actress. They got mutually divorced in 2015.
In 2017, he got married to Priyanka Dhavle, a prominent lawyer in Mumbai.
The couple parented a baby boy named Rugved Shashank Ketkar in 2021.
Shashank Ketkar was in a relationship with Tejashree Pradhan before getting married to her in 2014. After his divorce in 2015 from Tejashree Pradhan, he started dating Priyanka Dhavle.
Shashank Ketkar marked his acting debut in 2012 with the Marathi television serial Rang Maza Vegla.
In 2012, Shashank Ketkar appeared in the Marathi television serial Kalay Tasmay Namah, which was telecasted on ETV Marathi. In this serial, he played the role of Kailash (the grandson of Vikram Gokhale). In 2013, Shashank Ketkar rose to prominence when he began working in the Zee Marathi television serial Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi in a lead role as Shreerang ‘Shree’ Gokhale. His performance in the show earned him huge fame. Shashank Ketkar, along with his co-star Janhavi, who played his wife in the show, was honoured with the “Best Actor” and “Best Couple” awards in the same year. Reportedly, the show earned a total of eleven awards for its picturisation and story during the same year.
In 2017, Shashank Ketkar played a negative character in the Marathi show Swapnanchya Palikadale, which was aired on Star Pravah. In the show, he played the role of Aniket Gaydhani.
Shashank Ketkar made his film debut with the Marathi film One Way Ticket in 2016.
He then appeared in the film 31 Divas in 2018. According to some media sources, during the promotions of the film, the filmmakers disclosed a lot about the story of the film in its teaser for which they received a lot of criticism from the critics. Later, during a media conversation, Shashank rejected all the rumours and mentioned that there was a lot of suspense in the film, and the plot of the film was not fully disclosed.
During his stay in Australia, Shashank Ketkar participated in several cultural activities, Marathi plays, and musical programs organised by some Indian groups. When he returned to India after completing his higher education in Australia, he started participating in the performing arts regularly as a hobby. Later, Shashank Ketkar joined Sudarshan Rangamanch, a theatre group in Pune and began participating in theatre plays as an artist. He earned immense popularity for his performance in the theatre play Purnaviram, which was his first play and was directed by Pramod Kale and written by Sachin Kundalkar. In 2014, Shashank Ketkar appeared in the theatre play Goshta Tashi Gamtichi as the son of Mangesh Kadam and Leena Bhagwat. In the following year, he earned the Best Supporting Actor (Commercial Plays) at the 2015 Akhil Bhartiya Natya Parishad Awards for his performance in the theatre play Goshta Tashi Gamtichi.
Later, Shashank Ketkar worked in the theatre plays Purnaviram and Kusum Manohar Lele.
Apart from being an actor, Shashank Ketkar also works as a model. He worked as a model for the music album “Yaara” in 2015. This music album was released by Sagarika Musics, and the well-known Marathi singer Deepika Jog lent her voice to the song. In the video of the song, Deepika Jog was featured along with Shashank Ketkar.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
In 2013 and 2014, Shashank Ketkar was honoured with the Best Actor and Best Couple (Shree-Janhavi) Awards by Zee Marathi Awards for the Marathi television serial Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi. In 2015, he won the Best Supporting Actor and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Parishad Awards by MICTA for Goshta Tashi Gamtichi. In 2019, Shashank Ketkar was the winner of the Best Couple (Anushri-Siddharth) and Best Actor awards by Colors Marathi Awards for the Marathi television serial Sukhachya Sarini He Man Baware. In 2021, Shashank Ketkar was honoured with the Most Influential Character award by Zee Marathi Utsav Natyancha Awards for the Marathi television serial Pahile Na Mi Tula.
- In 2015, Shashank Ketkar and the lead actress of the Marathi television serial ‘Honar Sun Me Hya Gharchi’ started trending on many social media platforms along with their popular dialogue in the show “Kahihi ha Shree!,” which earned him huge popularity.
- Shashank Ketkar was ranked 15th among the Top 20 Most Desirable Men in Maharashtra in 2017 by the Times of India. He was ranked 12th in the following year in the same category. He was ranked 24th in the Most Desirable Men of the year category by the Times of India in 2019. In 2020, the Times of India ranked Shashank Ketkar 19th in the Top 20 Most Desirable Men of the year. He was ranked 7th in 2018 by the Times of India in the list of Top 15 Most Desirable Men in the Marathi television industry. He was ranked 8th in 2020 in the same category.
- Shashank Ketkar is an avid dog and cat lover. His wife is also an animal lover. They have many pets at home. They frequently share pictures of their pets on social media.