Cyrus Broacha

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Cyrus Broacha
Cyrus Broacha still6.jpg
Broacha in 2010 at a press conference for Golmaal 3
Born (1971-08-07) 7 August 1971 (age 50)
Spouse(s)Ayesha Broacha

Cyrus Broacha is an Indian TV anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster 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-News18 (formerly CNN-IBN). He also provided the voiceover as Angada in the cartoon film Ramayana.

Early years[edit]

Broacha was born on 7 August 1971, 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.

Cyrus's family hails from modern day Pakistan, moving from Rawalpindi to Mumbai after the Partition of India.[1]


When Broacha was 12, he acted in his first Hindi film, Jalwa, with Pankaj Parashar, starring alongside Naseeruddin Shah. The next year, he did his first professional play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, under Pearl Padamsee. The press hailed him as a child prodigy,[citation needed] and his career in acting took off. He continued acting in plays.

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, Broacha went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City where he studied acting for theatre.[when?] 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 theatre productions.[citation needed]


His popularity had MTV seeking him. As an anchor with them, his reputation grew as he became MTV's main face. He has interviewed Hindi film industry stars including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.[citation needed] His candid-camera show is MTV Bakra.[2]


Broacha has hosted many cricket shows including the popular Chevrolet Cricket Show on Ten Sports, and has interviewed nearly every cricketer from every generation.

He 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 his 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.[3]

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.[citation needed] He hosts an annual show called Greenathon on NDTV.

He is currently the editor and host of a cricket analysis series called ESPNcricinfo Runorder, a bi-weekly show featuring former cricketers like Agarkar, Tait, and Hogg.[4]


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. 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".[5]


In 2015, he started hosting a podcast called Cyrus says which got renamed to C& Bull, produced by IVM network.[6] This is a show on life in urban India, politics, sports, civic sense and current affairs.

Personal life[edit]

Cyrus Broacha is married to Ayesha,[7] a photographer. The couple have a son Mikhaail and a daughter Maya.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Watch: Cyrus Broacha". Archived from the original on 24 September 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2006.
  4. ^ "Coming soon: RUNORDER with Cyrus Broacha #ESPNRunOrder". @espncricinfo. 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Comedy Podcast - Cyrus Says with Cyrus Broacha". IVM Podcasts. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Being Cyrus Broacha". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 September 2006. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2010.

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