Karan Brar: How The Child Actor Became An Idol To Teenagers Everywhere

Karan Brar is an Indian-American comedian who lives in the United States. He became well-known for his role as Chirag Gupta in the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ feature film franchise. Ravi Ross in the Disney Channel series “Jessie” and its spin-off “Bunk’d” was his other main role. Brar was born and raised in the United States, but his origin is in the Indian state of Punjab. He is proficient in English, Hindi, and Punjabi.​

Karan Brar’s Childhood & Early Life

Karan Brar family

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On the 18th of January, 1999, Karan Brar was born in Redmond, Washington. Jarbinder and Harinder Brar, his parents, are Indian-Americans who live in the United States. In Bothell, Washington, he was raised with his older sibling Sabreena. He learned English, Punjabi, and Hindi at home during his formative years. He speaks with an American accent, having been born and raised in the United States.

Karan has aspired to be a sports professional since he was a child. His father, on the other hand, instructed him to pursue acting because he recognized that his son lacked the physique to pursue sports.

He graduated from Cedar Wood Elementary School and went on to study acting at John Robert Power’s and Patti Kellie’s fine arts workshops. After studying acting in Washington, he relocated to Los Angeles with his family to pursue a full-time career in the entertainment industry.

Besides, he has a close relationship with his mum and sister. His father had a secret passion for acting that never materialized, so he fully supported his son in pursuing his dream through his descendants.

The Beginning of a Great Career

Karan Brar was lucky to get an early break with both 20th Century Fox and the Disney Channel at the start of his acting career.

Chirag Gupta

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At the age of 11, he made his film debut as Chirag Gupta, an Indian middle schoolboy, in the 20th Century Fox comedy feature film ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. The film was a huge success, and he reprised his role as Chirag Gupta in the feature film Chirag Gupta in 2011.

Moreover, Brar has appeared in advertisements for Shell Gasoline and the Committee for Children, in addition to feature documentaries. He also played a role in the ad campaign titled ‘Seeds of Compassion’, which was created to promote the Dalai Lama’s visit to Seattle in 2010.

In 2011, he was cast as Ravi Ross, a 10-year-old Indian adopted child, in the Disney Channel comedy series ‘Jessie.’ The boy was supposed to be from South America in the original script. But the directors were so impressed with Brar’s audition that they altered the script to include an Indian boy to accommodate him in the series. He was portrayed as an adopted child from a wealthy family.

Brar adored his role in ‘Jessie,’ as it brought him closer to his roots and introduced him to the world of comedy, which quickly became his forte. Fans referred to him as the American Indian as well.

Brar appeared in the short film ‘Chilly Christmas’ in 2012, and he provided the voice for the film ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ in 2014. Both films received positive reviews, and his fame skyrocketed.

His career path was exciting, and more doors were opening for this young and vibrant lad. Brar appeared as Ravi Ross in the series ‘Bunk’d,’ a spin-off of ‘Jessie,’ alongside Peyton List and Skai Jackson in February 2015. His performance established him as a comedian with the ability to play character roles.

Karan Brar and Lilly Singh

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He also appeared in YouTuber Lilly Singh’s video ‘How I Deal with Kids‘, a hysterical take on people being forced to babysit children they’ve never met before. Brar’s antics and Lilly’s commentary were totally hilarious, gathering over six million views in less than a week. Brar discovered YouTube to be a very different experience than cinema, and he hopes to work with Lil more in the future.

Nevertheless, Brar is not only active on television screens, but he is also active on social media like Instagram, and he has his website karanbrar.com.

Making The Big Bucks

Brar has done exceptionally well in the entertainment industry. He has secured a lot of major contracts, making sure that he expands his opportunities to enhance his career path in acting.

On that note, let’s share with you a list of some of his major projects that he has accomplished and that made him famous.

• ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ (2010), ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules’ (2011), ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ (2012), ‘Chilly Christmas’ (2012), and ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ (2014) are his major film works. He also appears in the 2015 film ‘Invisible Sisters’ and the forthcoming film ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’.

• Karan has appeared in many TV shows, including ‘Jessie’, ‘Pair of Kings’, ‘Sofia the First’, ‘Teens Wanna Know’, ‘Bunk’d’, and ‘The Night Shift’.

Karan Brar’s Achievements

The beauty of Brar’s career is that it hasn’t gone unnoticed. His talent has been appreciated by many, and it’s quite interesting how he has deserved most of the awards.

Karan Brar and Quinn Marie

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Brar received the ‘Young Artist Award’ three years in a row for his work in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ in 2011 and 2013 in the category of ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film Young Ensemble Cast’ and in ‘Jessie’ in 2012 in the category of ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film Supporting Young Actor’.

He was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a ‘Youth/Film. Children’s Program’ for his role in ‘Jessie’.

What’s Karan Brar Like in Person?

As mentioned before, he was born in the USA, and he grew up speaking fluent American English which to some is still surprising.

He lives in Los Angeles with his parents and Sabreena. In his spare time, he loves figure skating, roller skating, swimming, hip hop dancing, rapping, and playing video games. Despite his massive fan base, he is currently single and has yet to have a regular girlfriend.

Karan Brar Trivia

• Zachary Gordon, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Robert Capron were his co-stars in the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ films.

• Brar was a huge fan of his role as Ravi in ‘Jessie’. It provided him with the chance to travel to India and become acquainted with the character he was to play. Karan paid a visit to his ancestral home and met with a family who lives in India. He also went to some Indian cities and villages to get a feel of the culture.

• He is very close to YouTuber Lilly Singh and considers her as an elder sister whom he greatly admires.

Stuff To Watch If You Love Karan Brar

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) (Family, Comedy)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011) (Comedy, Family)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) (Comedy, Family)

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

Stargirl (2020) (Comedy, Drama, Romance)