Shiv Thakare is an Indian reality television star. He is the winner of Bigg Boss Marathi 2 (2019) and the semifinalist of MTV Roadies Rising (2017). Shiv is popularly known as Aapla manus among his fans.
Shiv Thakare was born on 9th September 1989 in a marathi-speaking Kayastha family to Manohar Thakare and his wife Aasha Thakare. He also has an elder sister, Manisha Thakare who is married to Suraj Here and they have a daughter named Manasvi Here.
His full name is Shiv ManoharRao UttamRao Jhinguji Ganuji Thakare.
His mother, Aasha Thakare is a housewife and his father, Manohar Thakare owns a small shop in Amravati.
He did his schooling from Sant Kavaram Vidyalaya in Amravati, Maharashtra and later studied engineering at G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
Shiv first came to the limelight after he participated in MTV Roadies Rising in 2017. He was a diehard fan of Roadies and used to go for its auditions even by missing his exams. He was finally selected for MTV Roadies Rising in 2017 after constantly trying for 5 years. Shiv was in Rannvijay Singha’s gang but got eliminated in the semi final round.
After Roadies, Shiv opened his own dance studio named ‘Shiv Thakare Dance Studio’ in Amravati, Maharashtra.
In 2019, Shiv Thakare emerged as the winner of the second season of Bigg Boss Marathi beating Neha Shitole who was declared as the runner-up. Apart from the winner’s trophy, Shiv Thakare also won the prize money of ₹17 lakh. Veena Jagtap, Shivani Surve, Aroh Welankar & Kishori Shahane were the other finalists and the show was hosted by Mahesh Manjrekar.
He fell in love with his fellow contestant Veena Jagtap during their stay in the house. Their fans started referring the two as dada-vahini and Shiveena. They broke up in 2021.
He participated in MTV’s The Anti Social Network in 2019 and emerged as the winner.
Shiv Thakare was ranked first in the Times of India’s list of Top 15 Most Desirable Men of Marathi Television in 2019.
In 2020, Shiv Thakare and his girlfriend Veena Jagtap were featured in the music video of ‘Kasa Chandra’ song composed by Avadhoot Gupte and sung by Swapnil Bandodkar.
He revealed in an interview that his aim is to become an actor and do negative roles and he also wants to participate in Rohit Shetty’s Khatron Ke Khiladi.
In February 2021, he turned an entrepreneur by launching his own deodorant brand ‘B.Real’.
Currently, he participating in Colors TV’s reality show Bigg Boss 16. Apart from him Gori Nagori, Abdu Rozik, Ankit Gupta, Sumbul Touqeer Khan, MC Stan, Archana Gautam, Sreejita De, Gautam Singh Vig, Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Shalin Bhanot, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, Manya Singh, Tina Datta, Soundarya Sharma and Sajid Khan are fighting to lift the Bigg Boss 16 trophy.