Cyrus Broacha

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Cyrus Broacha
Broacha in 2010 at a press conference for Golmaal 3
Born (1969-08-07) 7 August 1969 (age 54)
SpouseAyesha Broacha

Cyrus Broacha is an Indian anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster and author.[1] He is best known for his show Bakra on MTV India and The Week That Wasn't on CNN-News18.

Early years[edit]

Broacha was born on 7 August 1969, to a Parsi father and Catholic mother. He started acting at the age of five in a school play, The Emperor's New Clothes. Every year he performed and wrote for the school magazine, winning prizes for English and drama.[citation needed]

Cyrus's family originally hails from Bharuch in Gujarat.[2]


He did his first professional play, Brighton Beach Memoirs in 1985, directed by Pearl Padamsee.[3] When Broacha was 15, he acted in his first Hindi film, Jalwa which was released in 1987.[4] He also worked as a radio jockey and did shows like Dial-In Show in 1993.[3]

After graduation, Broacha went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City where he studied acting for theatre.[5]


He hosted many shows for MTV.[4] His candid-camera show MTV Bakra ran for 8 years.[6]

He played the role of Cyrus, a character based on Chandler Bing in the Indian adaptation of American sitcom Friends, titled Hello Friends.[7]

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.[8]

He appeared in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, India's version of Dancing with the Stars, and Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 3 on Colors TV.

He was the editor and host of a cricket analysis series called ESPNcricinfo Runorder, a bi-weekly show featuring former cricketers.[9]

He took part in the second season of Bigg Boss OTT in June 2023.[10]


Broacha acted in films like Jalwa, 99, Little Zizou, Fruit and Nut, Mumbai Chakachak, The Shaukeens, and Roy.


In January 2010, he released his book Karl, Aaj aur Kal, a semi-autobiographical comedy about celebrities, Bollywood and politics. In 2011, he released another book, The Average Indian Male, an account of the Indian male commonly referred to as the "aam aadmi".[11]


In 2015, he started hosting a podcast called Cyrus Says or C& Bull, produced by IVM network.[12] This is a show about life in urban India, politics, sports, civic sense and current affairs.

Personal life[edit]

Cyrus Broacha is married to Ayesha,[13] a photographer. The couple have two children.[14]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1987 Jalwa Jyothi's younger brother [4]
2008 Little Zizou
2009 Mumbai Chakachak OK [15]
99 Zaramud
Fruit and Nut Jolly Maker [16]
2014 The Shaukeens
2015 Roy Himself


Year Ttile Role Notes Ref.
1996–1998 MTV Land Host [4]
1996–1998 MTV Made in India [4]
1997–1998 MTV Recycled [4]
1997–1998 MTV U [4]
1999–2006 MTV Bakra [17]
1999–2000 Hello Friends Cyrus [7]
2006–2023 The Week That Wasn't Host
2007 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2 Contestant 9th place
2007–2008 Champion Chaalbaaz No.1 Judge [18]
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 3 Contestant 10th place [19]
2010–2011 MTV Bakra Returns Host [20]
2012 Greenathon
2021 LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse Contestant 6th place [21]
2023 Bigg Boss OTT 2 11th place (Quit)


  1. ^ "The OG 'Gag'ster, Cyrus Broacha". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
  2. ^ "The Parsi burial ground is a sign of Pindi's rich heritage - Daily Times". 7 May 2019. Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Broacha, Cyrus (6 October 2000). "Cyrus Broacha's number on" (Interview). Interviewed by Mumbai: Rediff. Retrieved 24 June 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Brijnath, Rohit (11 August 1997). "Cyrus Broacha: Meet the MTV veejay with the coolest show in town". India Today.
  5. ^ "Cyrus the cerebral". The Times of India. 1 September 2001 – via The Economic Times.
  6. ^ Abreu, Robin (21 August 2000). "MTV Bakra evolves into a hugely popular gag-a-minute show". India Today. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Khosla, Mukesh (3 October 1999). "Yeh dosti" [This Friendship]. Tribune India.
  8. ^ "Watch: Cyrus Broacha". Archived from the original on 24 September 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2006.
  9. ^ "Coming soon: RUNORDER with Cyrus Broacha #ESPNRunOrder". @espncricinfo. 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Cyrus Broacha reveals why he agreed to take part in Bigg Boss OTT 2, talks about problems he will face inside house". Hindustan Times. 19 June 2023. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Karl, Aaj Aur Kal: The funny side of Bollywood". Rediff. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Comedy Podcast - Cyrus Says with Cyrus Broacha". IVM Podcasts. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Cyrus Broacha: Dad's the word!". The Times Of India. 18 June 2002. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Being Cyrus Broacha". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 September 2006. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  15. ^ " On the sets of Mumbai Chakachak". Rahul Bose and Cyrus Broacha play Koka and OK respectively, cleaners who work for the BMC.
  16. ^ "The biggest jerk in Bollywood, according to Cyrus Broacha". Rediff.
  17. ^ "MTV Bakra evolves into a hugely popular gag-a-minute show". India Today.
  18. ^ "Sony to launch Champion Chaalbaaz No.1". 18 December 2007.
  19. ^ "Meet the contestants of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi 3'". India Today.
  20. ^ "MTV Bakra returns". The New Indian Express.
  21. ^ "Q+A with Cyrus Broacha on his new show, comedy, lockdown and more". India Today.

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