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August 7, 1971 |
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Cyrus Broacha is a TV anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist and author. He is also a prankster, best known for his show Bakra on MTV and his show The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN.
Cyrus was born on August 7, 1971 to a Parsi father and Catholic mother. He studied at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai and graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He was also a student of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (New York).
He started acting at the age of five with a school play The Emperor's New Clothes. Every year he performed and wrote for the school magazine, winning prizes for English and drama.
Cyrus Brocha, when only 12, acted in his first Hindi film Jalwa with Pankaj Parashar and starred alongside Naseeruddin Shah. The next year, he did his first professional play Brighton Beach Memoirs under the baton of Pearl Padamsee. The press hailed him as a child prodigy, and his career in acting took off. He continued acting in several plays, as theatre became his passion. He also came into the limelight during his college's Malhar festival. When he was in college, FM radio took off in India, and he gained a reputation as a radio jockey.
After graduation, Cyrus went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York where he studied acting for theatre. After returning to India, he acted in many commercials, television serials and plays. He also hosted shows and corporate events, while pursuing his passion of theatre with over 20 commercial theater productions.
His popularity had MTV seeking him. As anchor with them, his reputation grew as he became MTV's main face. He has, till date, interviewed almost everyone in the Hindi film industry from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. His candid-camera show is MTV Bakra.
Cyrus has hosted many cricket shows including the popular Chevrolet Cricket Show on Ten Sports, and interviewed nearly every cricketer from every generation. Broacha anchors a news satire and comedy show, The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, co-written and directed by friend Kunal Vijaykar. He presents the show Faking News on IBN 7, directed by friend Vijayakar. He led India's "Rock the Vote" campaign and represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference in Hanover, Germany. He moderated the Indian segment of "Be Heard - A Global Discussion With Colin Powell" in February 2002.
He appeared on Sony Entertainment Television's hit show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, India's version of Dancing with the Stars, and Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 3 on Colors TV. He is also a columnist who writes for two leading national papers and two magazines. He hosts an annual show called Greenathon on NDTV.
Cyrus Broacha has acted in the following Hindi movies:
In January 2010, he released his book Karl, Aaj aur Kal, a semi-autobiographical comedy about celebrities, Bollywood and politics. It traces the lives of two young best friends, Karl and Kunal, giving a humorous, tongue-in-cheek and witty account of how they make it big in Tinseltown. In 2011 he released another book, The Average Indian Male, which is a riotous account of the Indian male commonly referred to as the "aam aadmi".
- "Watch: Cyrus Broacha". Retrieved 2006-10-14.
- "Cyrus Broacha: Dad's the word!". The Times Of India. June 18, 2002.
- "Being Cyrus Broacha". The Hindu (Chennai, India). September 9, 2006.
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