Mukesh Chhabra

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Mukesh Chhabra
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Born (1980-05-27) 27 May 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActor, casting director, acting workshop director
Years active2000-present

Mukesh Chhabra[1] is a Mumbai-based Indian 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.

Chhabra is set to make his directorial debut with a remake of the movie The Fault in Our Stars’. Sushant Singh Rajput was confirmed as the lead for the Hindi remake titled Kizzie Aur Manny.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

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.[4]


Chhabra came to Mumbai in 2007 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. His casting for the film Chillar Party won him accolades based on which director Anurag Kashyap engaged him for the casting of his crime thriller Gangs of Wasseypur and also its sequel.

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[5] 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.[6] Chhabra's democratic style of auditioning has previously invited nuisance value from potential actors.[7]

Actor Rajkumar Rao was chosen to play one of the leads for the film Kai Po Che only on Chhabra's insistence.[8] Rao's talent in the film won him critical acclaim and later Chhabra cast him in Shahid as the leading man.[9]


Casting Director[edit]

Year Film
2019 Dil Bechara
99 Songs
2016 Dangal (film)[10]
2015 Tamasha
2014 Tamanchey
2015 Bombay Velvet
2014 Haider
2014 Bhootnath Returns
2014 Highway
2014 Hasee to Phasee
2014 Jai Ho
2013 That Day After Every Day
2013 Mastram
2013 Siddharth
2013 Chennai Express
2013 D-Day
2013 Monsoon Shootout
2013 Ugly
2013 Kai Po Che
2013 Pehla Sitara
2013 I.D.
2013 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Shahid
2013 Gangs of Wasseypur
2013 Trishna
2013 Chillar Party
2011 Rockstar
2013 Teen The Bhai
2013 Chintu Ji
2013 Amal
2011 Force
2011 Yeh Faasle

Acting Workshop Director[edit]

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


Year Film Role
2016 Raman Raghav 2.0 Loan Shark
2016 I Don't Watch TV Himself
2013 Siddharth Mukesh Bhai
2013 Vakratunda Mahakaya Man in the Bus
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Lovely
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 Nawab
2011 Chillar Party Panuti's Guest
2009 Kaminey Guddu's friend
2008 Hijack Shakeel
2007 Amal Subhash
2006 Rang De Basanti Manmath Nath


Year Film Note
TBA Dil Bechara Debut[11]


  1. ^ "My directorial debut a love story: Mukesh Chhabra". The Indian Express. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput locked for The Fault In Our Stars remake". 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Theatre of Dreams - Indian Express". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. ^ "'D-Day': It's gripping and has gravitas - The Times of India". 19 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Meet casting director Mukesh Chhabra: The man behind films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Shahid, Highway | Times of India Blogs". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "When Raj Kumar Yadav faced rejection for Kai Po Che! - NDTV". 3 March 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Film | Raj Kumar | Shahid". Time Out Mumbai. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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