Mukesh Chhabra

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Mukesh Chhabra
Mukesh Chhabra.jpg
Born (1980-05-27) 27 May 1980 (age 41)
Other namesShivam
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
OccupationActor, Casting director, Acting workshop director
Years active2000–present Edit this at Wikidata

Mukesh Chhabra (born 31 May 1980) is an Indian film director, casting director, acting workshop director, and actor who has cast several actors for movies including director Vikas Bahl's Chillar Party, Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che and Nikhil Advani's D-Day.[1] Mukesh has now started his new office at Delhi for all the aspiring actors from Delhi NCR and north region.[2]

In 2020, Chhabra has made his directorial debut with Dil Bechara, a remake The Fault in Our Stars featuring Sushant Singh Rajput is the leading role and music composed by A. R. Rahman.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

He spent early days growing up in Mayapuri in West Delhi. Chhabra graduated from Delhi University with an acting diploma from the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. He completed a six-year acting and teaching stint with the ‘Theatre in Education’ Company (TIE) affiliated with the National School of Drama in India.[5] Chhabra is based in Mumbai.


Chhabra came to Mumbai in 1997 and worked as an Assistant Casting Director before setting up his own casting company. His first film as independent casting director was the small budget film Chintuji..

Subsequently, Chhabra did the casting for films of different genres like Kai Po Che, Shahid, Chennai Express, Jai Ho, Hasee To Phasee, Mastram and D-day[6] Apart from films, he's also done casting for TVCs. In his career, Chhabra has employed several unconventional casting methods. For example, he spotted the budding actor Irfan Khan, who played the character 'Fatka' in the film Chillar Party, on the streets of Mumbai.[7] Chhabra's democratic style of auditioning has previously invited nuisance value from potential actors.[8]

Actor Rajkumar Rao was chosen to play one of the leads for the film Kai Po Che only on Chhabra's insistence.[9] Rao's talent in the film won him critical acclaim and later Chhabra cast him in Shahid as the leading man.[10]


Casting director[edit]

Year Film
2011 Yeh Faasle
Teen The Bhai
Chillar Party
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Pehla Sitara
2013 Kai Po Che
Monsoon Shootout
Chennai Express
That Day After Every Day
2014 Jai Ho
Hasee to Phasee
Bhootnath Returns
2015 Bombay Velvet
2016 Dangal[11]
2017 Tubelight
2018 Sanju
2019 Bharat
2020 Dil Bechara
99 Songs
Mrs. Serial Killer
Dil Bechara
Scam 1992 the Harshad Mehta Story
AK vs AK
2021 Lahore Confidential
Ajeeb Daastaans
Kathmandu Connection
Mukesh Jasoos
The Family Man
Haseen Dillruba
Antim: The Final Truth
Bob Biswas
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui
The Whistleblower
Atrangi Re
Dostana 2

Acting workshop director[edit]

Year Film
2007 Amal
2011 Yeh Faasle
Chillar Party
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Kai Po Che
Aashiqui 2
2014 Ek Villain


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Rang De Basanti Manmath Nath
2007 Amal Subhash
2008 Hijack Shakeel
2009 Kaminey Guddu's friend
2011 Chillar Party Panuti's Guest
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 Nawab
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Lovely
2013 Vakratunda Mahakaya Man in the Bus
Siddharth Mukesh Bhai
2016 I Don't Watch TV Himself
Raman Raghav 2.0 Loan Shark
2018 Rajma Chawal Anoop Ji
2019 Fixerr Agantuk Web series released on ALTBalaji and ZEE5


Year Film
2020 Dil Bechara


  1. ^ "My directorial debut a love story: Mukesh Chhabra". The Indian Express. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mukesh Chhabra's Casting Company comes to Delhi". Bollywoood Galiyara. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput locked for The Fault In Our Stars remake". 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Mukesh Chhabra suspended as director of Kizzie Aur Manny amid sexual harassment allegations". 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Theatre of Dreams - Indian Express". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. ^ "'D-Day': It's gripping and has gravitas - The Times of India". 19 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Meet casting director Mukesh Chhabra: The man behind films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Shahid, Highway | Times of India Blogs". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "When Raj Kumar Yadav faced rejection for Kai Po Che! - NDTV". 3 March 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Film | Raj Kumar | Shahid". Time Out Mumbai. 9 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Meet Aamir Khan's wrestler daughters". Mumbai Mirror.

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