Nikhil Kumar (actor)

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Nikhil Kumar
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Nikhil Kumarswamy (2019)
Nikhil Kumaraswamy

(1988-01-22) 22 January 1988 (age 34)
Other namesNikhil Gowda
  • Actor
  • politician
Years active2016–present
Political partyJanata Dal (Secular)
m. 2020)
Parent(s)H. D. Kumaraswamy (Father)
Anitha Kumaraswamy ( Mother)
Family H. D. Deve Gowda (grandfather)
H. D. Revanna (uncle)

Nikhil Kumarswamy is an Indian actor and politician.[2] He has acted in the Kannada and Telugu film industries. He made his acting debut with the Kannada-Telugu bilingual film Jaguar (2016).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nikhil Kumarswamy is the son of former Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy[4] and grandson of former India Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda.[2][3]

10 Feb 2020 it became public that Nikhil got engaged to Revathi, the grand-niece of Congress leader and realtor M. Krishnappa at Taj West End, Bengaluru.[5][6] The wedding took place on 17 April 2020[7] near Janapada Loka in Ramanagara.[8]

Political career[edit]

Nikhil ran in the 2019 Indian general election in Karnataka (Lok Sabha) from Mandya district as a Janata Dal (Secular) candidate.[9] Mandya was considered a safe bastion for the Congress-JDS alliance as historically Indian National Congress was the most successful party, followed by Janata Dal (Secular) to contest in the district.[10][11] He lost in the elections to Sumalatha wife of late Ambareesh by a margin of 128,876 votes.[9]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes Ref.
2016 Jaguar Krishna Kannada
Bilingual Film [12][13]
2019 Seetharama Kalyana Arya Kannada [14][15]
Kurukshetra Abhimanyu [16]
2021 Rider Surya Kannada [17]


Film Award Category Result Ref.
Jaguar 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debutant Actor - Kannada Won [18]
Best Debutant Actor - Telugu Nominated


  1. "Jaguar is my big debut: Nikhil Kumar".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nikhil Gowda's first interview is here". The Times of India.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Former PM Deve Gowda and family revel in opening of grandson Nikhil Kumar's film Jaguar". 13 October 2016.
  4. "HD Kumaraswamy's son in costliest film". The Times of India.
  5. "HD Kumaraswamy's Son Nikhil Engaged To Congress Leader's Grand-Niece". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  6. "Nikhil Kumaraswamy engaged to former Cong min's grandniece Revathi in Bengaluru". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  7. "Preparation begins for Nikhil's wedding - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  8. "Kumaraswamy extends open invite; lakhs may turn up at his son's wedding in April". Hindustan Times. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 23 May, PTI |; 2019; Ist, 21:41. "Karnataka Lok Sabha Election Results: Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil loses in Mandya | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. Swamy, Rohini (27 May 2019). "It's down to 86-yr-old Deve Gowda to revive JD(S) as family politics, poll rout threaten party". ThePrint. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  11. Narayanan, Nayantara. "2019 results: With BJP sweeping Karnataka, will the Congress-JD(S) government survive?". Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  12. "LAUNCHED: HDK's Son Nikhil Kumar Debut Movie 'Jaguar' (Video)". 17 December 2015.
  13. "H. D. Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil debuts with Jaguar". 17 December 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  14. "Harsha to direct Nikil". 23 November 2017.
  15. "Rachita Ram roped in for Nikhil's next". News 9 December 2017.
  16. "Nikhil Gowda's 'Kurukshetra' is ready, but needs Election Commission clearance". The News Minute. 14 March 2019.
  17. vaishnavi. "Kannada Film Review: ರೈಡರ್". Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd (in ಕನ್ನಡ). Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  18. "SIIMA AWARDS | 2017 | winners | |". Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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