|Occupation||Film and Theatre actor|
|Awards||Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia
Best Actor for Cinematic Excellence at the 4th Jagran Film FestivalNewsmakers Achievers’ Award for Best Actor for his contribution to the Indian theatre and cinema
Neeraj Kabi was born on 12 March 1968 in Jamshedpur, Bihar then (nowadays) in Jharkhand. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He did his schooling from Loyola School, Jamshedpur. Later, he did a diploma in computer science from Symbiosis College, Pune.
His father’s name is Tushar Kabi, and his mother’s name is Zarin Kabi. He has one brother, Partha Kabi and sister Radhika. He is married to the fashion designer, Deepali Kosta, and the couple is blessed with a daughter, Saptakshi Kabi.
Neeraj Kabi is a self-taught actor, director, trainer who is working towards building a Theatre and Film Residency involved in performance, directing, training and research. The techniques he uses are his own discoveries and experiments that he has been working on for many years to evolve his skill of acting in films and theatre.
Since the last two decades, he has been working as a professional actor with renowned national and international theatre and film directors. As a theatre director, he's been exploring the concept of collaborating Indian traditional artistes with urban actors to interpret Indian and Global theatre texts. Neeraj has travelled across the country since 1996 to conduct theatre and acting workshops for actors, children and other industries. As theatre and films deal with advanced levels of behavioural sciences which can be life changing, these workshops are based on the foundations of deep explorations of theatre philosophies, theatre sciences and theatre arts.
Neeraj began work as a professional theatre actor in 1998 in Mumbai. He has performed in major or lead roles in plays by Shakespeare (as Banquo), Tom Stoppard (as Hamlet), Moliere (as Sganarelle), Marivaux (as Harlequin), Chekov (as Gurov & Chekov), Oscar Wilde (as King Herod), Ibsen (as Tesman), Margurite Duras (as Peter Morgan), Florian zeller [ Pierre] amongst others and has worked with International and Indian directors such as Jean Jacques Bellot and Eric Vigner from France, Gil Alon from Israel, Rene Migliaccio from USA and with Atul Kumar, Rehaan Engineer and Naseeruddin Shah from India.
His theatre production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' which he directed and produced in 2006 with support from the British Council Division of Mumbai, was performed at The Nehru National Theatre Festival in Mumbai, the National School of Drama's Bharat Rang Mahotsav and opened at the Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai, the same year. The production involved actors from Mumbai and original artistes from Indian traditions of Dhrupad singing and Yakshagana dance-drama.
Neeraj's work in cinema began in 1997 with the film "The Last Vision", a feature film directed by Mr. A.K. Bir and produced by the NFDC which won a national award in 1998 and made it to the competition section of Cairo and Singapore International Film Festivals. Thereafter, he performed in the lead role as an Indian monk in Anand Gandhi's hugely acclaimed international award winning feature film, "Ship of Theseus". (BEST ACTOR - Jury Special Mention at the 4th Jagran Film Festival, 2013) (BEST ACTOR at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia).
He played various distinctive roles, from performing as Mahatma Gandhi in Shyam Benegal's television series, 'Samvidhaan', to a Villain in Dibakar Banerjee's "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy" (Yash Raj Films) and the role of a convicted father in "Talvar", based on a true life story directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Vishal Bharadwaj. (Nominations for ACTING at Sony Guild Awards, Zee Cine Awards, Stardust Awards in 2016) (Newsmakers Achievers' Award for BEST ACTOR). He's also been a part of multiple web-series projects for Netflix, Amazon and others. He performed as DCP Parulkar in a Netflix Original, 'Sacred Games'. (BEST ACTOR in a Supporting Role at the Indian Television Academy Awards in 2019) (Nomination at the Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore). He also won BEST ACTOR in a Supporting Role at the Indywood Academy Awards in Hyderabad for his performance in the feature film, 'Hichki' (Yash Raj Film Productions). His latest Lead Role performance as a Romantic Actor in an Indo-German Feature film called "Once Again" was honoured by the Times Now 2019 edition of Power Brands: Bollywood Film Journalist's Award with the title of "Editor's Choice BEST ACTOR".
He has also been performing in very different genres of web-series projects lately. Webseries "Paatal Lok" (streaming on Amazon Prime) unravels his acting prowess.
In an interview, he shared the story of his struggling days in the film industry, he said, “Just nothing worked. Nobody called me. It went on and on, endlessly, relentlessly… I’ve [taken up jobs such as] production work, AD, spot boy, all kinds of things. I was the junior copywriter in certain ad agencies. I used to sell books from door to door for many, many years. I gave tuitions, home to home, all over the city. All kinds of tuitions: elocution, speech, mathematics, English. And that’s where I learned a very important thing in my life: humility. My ego got crushed because I was pulped to the ground by everything that was happening to me. You never [imagine] that doors would be slammed on your face, you will be abused, you will be pushed, you will be kicked, so many things will happen to you. And, not for one year, two years, but for ten, 15, 18 long years. That’s where the survival issue came in, and I started to teach [acting]. Because when you get so abused all the time, you lose faith in yourself. And, you think, ‘If you don’t get out now, you’ll fall sick.’ Because you can’t take it every single day of your life.”
Neeraj Kabi essays pivotal role in “Sherni”, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Amit Masurkar.
- Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia, in the International competition section in 2014 for his performance in Ship of Theseus
- Best Actor [Jury Special Mention] for his performance in the internationally acclaimed and celebrated film Ship of Theseus in recognition of Cinematic Excellence at the 4th Jagran Film Festival, 2013
- In May 2015, the NBC honoured Neeraj Kabi with the Newsmakers Achievers' Award for Best Actor for his silent and steady contribution to Indian theatre and cinema.
- Best Actor in a supporting role at the ITA awards for Sacred Games in 2019
- Best Actor in a supporting role at the Indywood Academy awards 2019 for Hichki
- Best Actor (Editor's Choice) at the Times Now 2019 Edition of Power Brands: Bollywood Film Journalist's awards for Once Again
- Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! at the IBNLive Movie Awards 2016
- Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! at the Zee Cine Awards 2016
- Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role (Readers Choice) for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! at the Stardust Awards 2016
- Nominated for most promising newcomer (Male) for Ship of Theseus at the 20th Annual Screen Awards 2015
- Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role for Talvar at the 11th Sony Guild Awards 2015
- Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role for Sacred Games at the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2019 in Singapore
|Year||Film||Role||Director||Producer||Language||Awards and Nominations|
|1997||The Last Vision (Shesha Drushti)||Sangram (lead)||A.K. Bir||National Film Development Corporation||Oriya||National Award for Best film|
|2012||Ship of Theseus||Maitreya||Anand Gandhi||Sohum Shah||English, Hindi||Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia
Best Actor [Jury Special Mention] at the 4th Jagran Film Festival, 2013
Nominated for most promising newcomer (Male) at the 20th Annual Screen Awards 2015
|2013||Monsoon Shootout||Inspector Khan||Amit Kumar||Guneet Monga,
Martijn de Grunt
|Hindi||Nominated for Golden Camera award at Cannes Film Festival
Nominated for Audience Choice Award at Chicago International Film Festival
|2014||Gandhi of the Month||Mr. Giri||Kranti Kanade||Sanjay Singh Ssf||English, Hindi|
|2015||Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!||Dr. Guha/Yang Guang||Dibakar Banerjee||Aditya Chopra,
|Hindi||Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role at the IBNLive Movie Awards 2016
Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role at the Zee Cine Awards 2016
Nominated for Best Actor in a negative role (Readers Choice) at the Stardust Awards 2016
|2015||Talvar||Dr. Tandon||Meghna Gulzar||Vishal Bhardwaj, Vineet Jain||Hindi||Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role at the 11th Sony Guild Awards 2015|
|2015||35 mm (short film)||Guru||Chandan Roy Sanyal||Hindi|
|2017||Viceroy's House||Mahatma Gandhi||Gurinder Chadha||Paul Mayeda Berges,
|2017||Gali Guliyan||Liakat||Dipesh Jain||Dipesh Jain, Shuchi Jain||Hindi||Finalists at Sundance screenwriting lab, 2015
Won the Grand Jury Prize at MAMI Film Festival, 2017
|2017||Tabeer (post-production)||Lieutenant General||Nirang Desai||Deep Trivedi||Hindi|
|2017||The Hungry||Arun Kumar||Bornila Chatterjee||Tanaji Dasgupta,
|2018||Hichki||Prof Wadia||Siddharth Malhotra||Yash Raj Films||Hindi, English||Best Actor in a supporting role at the Indywood Academy Awards 2019|
|2018||Once Again||Amar||Kanval Sethi||Leis Bagdach,
|Hindi||Best Actor (Editor's Choice) at the Times Now 2019 Edition of Power Brands: Bollywood Film Journalist's awards|
|2019||Raahgir - The Wayfarers||Chopat Lal||Goutam Ghose||Amit Agarwal||Hindi|
|2019||Laal Kaptaan||Sadullah Khan||Navdeep Singh||Eros International,
Colour Yellow Productions
|2019||Line of Descent||Siddharth Sinha||Rohit Batra||Rohit Karn Batra,
Guy J. Louthan
|Hindi||Movie released on ZEE5|
|2020||Freedom||Dibakar Banerjee||Hindi||Netflix Original|
|2021||Sherni||Nangia||Amit V. Masurkar||T-Series, Abundantia Entertainment||Hindi||Amazon Prime Video Release|
Television and web series
|Year||Show||Role||Language||Network||Awards & Nominations|
|2014||Samvidhaan||Mahatma Gandhi||Hindi||Rajya Sabha TV|
|2018-19||Sacred Games||DCP Parulkar||Hindi||Netflix||Best Actor in a supporting role at the ITA awards 2019
Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role at the Asian Academy Creative Awards 2019 in Singapore
|2019||The Final Call||V. Krishnamurthy||English, Hindi||ZEE5|
|2019||Taj Mahal 1989||Akhtar Baig||Hindi||Netflix|
|2019||The Bear||Khader Khan||English/Hindi||Apple TV|
|2020||Paatal Lok||Sanjeev Mehra||English, Hindi||Amazon Prime Video|
|2020||Avrodh||Shailesh Malviya||English, Hindi||Sony Liv|
|1998||Macbeth||William Shakespeare||Banquo, English Doctor||English||Salim Ghouse - Phoenix Players|
|2000||Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead||Tom Stoppard||Hamlet||English||The Company Theatre|
|2000||Love is the best remedy||Moliere||Sganarelle||English||Jean Jacques Bellot (from France)|
|2001||The game of love and chance||Marivaux||Harlequin||English||Rene Migliaccio (from USA)|
|2003||Lady with Lapdog (play adaptation)||Anton Chekov||Gurov and Chekov||English||Atul Kumar (The Company Theatre)|
|2004||Salome||Oscar Wilde||King Herod||English||Gil Alon (from Israel)|
|2004||Aham||Experimental work by 13 young workshop actors||-||English, Hindi||Neeraj Kabi|
|2005||Hamlet||William Shakespeare and Harivansh Rai Bachchan||-||English, Hindi||Neeraj Kabi|
|2010||Hedda Gabler||Henrik Ibsen||Tesman||English||Rehaan Engineer / The Company Theatre|
|2013||Gates to India song||Marguerite Duras||Peter Morgan||English||Eric Vigner (from France)|
|2017||The Father||Florian Zeller||Pierre||English||Naseeruddin Shah / Motley|
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