Saurabh Shukla

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Saurabh Shukla
Saurabh Shukla at Rekha Bharadwaj Show
Saurabh Shukla on the Rekha Bharadwaj Show in 2011
Born (1963-03-05) 5 March 1963 (age 51)
Gorakhpur, India
Occupation Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Years active 1994 - present

Saurabh Shukla (born 5 March 1963) is an Indian film, theater and television actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in films like Satya (1998), Barfi! (2012) and Jolly LLB (2013).

In 2014, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jolly LLB.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Shukla's family left Gorakhpur for Delhi when he was two years old. Here after completing his schooling, he did his graduation from Khalsa College, Delhi. His professional career began in 1984 with his entry into theatre.[2]


Early career[edit]

Shukla began serious theatre in 1986 with roles in plays like A View From The Bridge (Arthur Miller), Look Back In Anger (John Osborne), Ghashiram Kotwal (Vijay Tendulkar) and Hayvadan. In 1991, he joined the NSD Repertoire Company — the professional wing of the National School of Drama — as actor.[2] The next year he got his first break when Shekhar Kapur, impressed with his work, created a role for him in Bandit Queen.[3] Shukla also did the role of Vijay Anand's sidekick Gopi in the 1994 Doordarshan crime drama Tehkikaat. The series was directed by Karan Razdan, but Kapur directed the first episode. These days also he is doing a comic theater play 2 to Tango, 3 to Jive.

Breakthrough 1998 - present[edit]

Shukla's biggest break came when he co-wrote the script for Ram Gopal Varma's 1998 cult classic Satya and essayed the role of gangster Kallu Mama in the film.[4] He won the Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay alongside Anurag Kashyap.

"Why do I make realistic films, like Satya? Because that's the kind of films I like to do. Capturing reality is very difficult and challenging," he said in a 2000 interview to, making it clear that his prefers realism in his scripts. In the same interview he also talked about his preferred genre of film making — black comedy:

If you carefully see my work, it is all black comedy. We usually categorize subjects as comedy and serious. But there is more than just this. Like when we laugh, we sometimes also cry. There can be certain viciousness to this action if there is too much of it. It is the same with romance, which gets too much after a point. There is always a comic element in every situation.[5]

In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Calcutta Mail. He received his first award for this film, the Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay. In 2008, he acted in his first international film, the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire, as the character Constable Srinivas.


As actor[edit]

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1994 Bandit Queen Kailash
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin Vilas Pandey
1998 Kareeb Birju's father
1998 Satya Kallu Mama
1999 Taal Banerjee
1999 Arjun Pandit Johnny
1999 Baadshah Saxena
1999 Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan Mr. Malhotra "Chhotey"
2000 Hey Ram Manohar Lalwani
2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Gaitonde
2000 Mohabbatein Sanjana's father
2000 Snip! Munna
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Pandurang
2001 Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Mama Kaanden
2001 Moksha Kale
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Lachhu Mama
2002 Karz: The Burden of Truth Suraj's drunk friend Uncredited
2003 Yeh Dil Economics Teacher
2003 Calcutta Mail Ghatak
2003 Raghu Romeo Mario
2003 Xcuse Me Hotel Manager
2003 Mumbai Matinee Nitin Kapoor
2003 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Senior Bihari Constable
2003 Mudda - The Issue Dinanath
2004 Yuva Gopal
2005 Balu ABCDEFG Khan's brief Telugu film
2005 Mumbai Xpress Kishore Mehta
2005 Mumbai Express Cameo appearance
Tamil film
2005 Anniyan Cable Company Owner Tamil film
Dubbed as Aparichitudu in Telugu and Aparichit in Hindi
2005 Yakeen Chamanlal
2005 Home Delivery Pandey
2005 Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Rajesh Jalan
2005 Allari Bullodu Karim Lala Telugu film
2006 Mixed Doubles Sammy
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Batuk Maharaj
2006 Care of Footpath Kannada film
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Dotcom Paaji
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Producer Khosa
2007 Showbiz Inder Raj Bahl
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Murthy
2008 Mithya Shetty
2008 De Taali Godbole
2008 Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors Diesel
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Head Constable Srinivas English/Hindi film
2008 Dasvidaniya Dasgupta
2008 Oh, My God God
2009 Luck By Chance Nand Kishore
2009 Love Khichdi Krishnan
2009 Chintu Ji Malkani
2010 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Begum
2010 Lahore Madhav Suri
2010 Paathshaala Lallan Sharma
2010 Mirch Satish
2011 Utt Pataang Nandu Pandey
2011 Yeh Saali Zindagi Mehta
2011 Aarakshan Mantri Baburao
2011 Shakal Pe Mat Ja Vijay Dinanath Chauhan
2011 Pappu Can't Dance Saala
2012 Staying Alive Shaukat Ali
2012 I M 24
2012 Barfi! Sudhanshu Dutta Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Delhi Safari Bharela Voice only
2013 David David's father
2013 David Tamil film
2013 Jolly LLB Justice Tripathi National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Pending—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Gundappa Das
2013 Kalpvriksh Shankar Dada
2014 Gunday Kaali Kaka
2014 Main Tera Hero Balli
2014 Gang of Ghosts Bhoothnath Bhaduri
2014 Ek Tho Chance Film has yet to be released TBA Post-production & It Premiered at the 2009 Film Festival of Kerala
2014 Kick Film has yet to be released TBA Post-production
2014 Identity Card Film has yet to be released Ghulam Nabi Post-production
2014 No Rules for Fools Film has yet to be released TBA Post-production
2014 Kaun Hai Kitne Paani Mein Film has yet to be released Braj Singh Deo Filming

As writer and director[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1998 Satya Yes
2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Yes
2003 Raghu Romeo Yes
Calcutta Mail Yes Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay
Mudda - The Issue Yes Yes
2005 Chehraa Yes Yes
Mumbai Express Yes
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Yes
2008 Mithya Yes
2009 Acid Factory Yes
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Yes Yes
2011 Utt Pataang Yes
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Yes Yes Yes
2012 Fatso! Yes
I M 24 Yes Yes

As lyricist[edit]

Year Film Notes
2006 Mixed Doubles


He was given Screen Awards for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for film Jolly LLB in January 2014. He has received National Film Awards for Supporting Role (Male) for the same film Jolly LLB. [6]


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