Neeraj Kabi

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Neeraj Kabi
Born March 12, 1968
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film and Theatre actor
Theatre director
Years active 1996–present
Awards Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia

Neeraj Kabi is an Indian film and theatre actor known for his works in International films and Hindi cinema, theatre, and television.[1][2]



Neeraj began his film acting career in 1997 where he appeared in the National Award winning film The Last Vision, directed by A.K. Bir and produced by NFDC-India.[3] Neeraj has trained briefly in a host of traditional martial arts and dance forms to equip himself for his work as an actor in theatre and films.

In 2013, he made his re-entry with Ship of Theseus, playing the lead in one of the three stories. Ship of Theseus won several prestigious International film awards and also the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for that year.[4] Neeraj's performance was widely applauded and fetched him several nominations and awards including the Best Actor award at the International competition section of the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival in Russia. He then appeared as the lead villain in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015) directed by Dibakar Banerjee and produced by Yashraj Films. Thereafter, he played one of the pivotal roles in Meghna Gulzar's Talvar (2015) which was written and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj. Neeraj was nominated for both these performances at the film awards.[5] Kabi has also enacted the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2014 Television series Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India created by Rajya Sabha TV, and directed by Shyam Benegal.[3]


"“I’m a self-taught actor, which means that I had to learn everything on my own, as I wanted to know the craft deeper and deeper. There are many actors who have not been trained, but self-taught means one cannot be limited. It means you’re continuously learning. You have to train yourself, think, contemplate, and work on your craft every day,” says Neeraj.."

—Neeraj Kabi’s choices have a theatre connect,.[1]

In 1996, Neeraj started his own theatre company "Pravah " an theatre practitioner and acting teacher.[6]


  • Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia, in the International competition section in 2014 for his performance in Ship of Theseus.[7]
  • 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[8]
  • 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


  • 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



Year Film Role Director Awards and Nominations
1997 The Last Vision (Shesha Drishti) Sangram (lead) A.K. Bir National Award for Best film
2012 Ship of Theseus Maitreya Anand Gandhi[5] 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 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
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Dr. Guha/Yang Guang Dibakar Banerjee 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 Nominated for Best Actor in a supporting role at the 11th Sony Guild Awards 2015
2015 35 mm (short film) Guru Chandan Roy Sanyal
2017 Viceroy's House Mahatma Gandhi Gurinder Chadha
2017 Once Again (post-production) Amar Kanval Sethi
2017 Gali Guliyan Liakat Dipesh Jain Finalists at Sundance screenwriting lab, 2015

Won the Grand Jury Prize at MAMI Film Festival, 2017

2017 Tabeer (post-production) Lieutenant General Nirang Desai
2017 The Hungry Arun Kumar Bornila Chatterjee
2017 The Field (post-production) Siddharth Sinha Rohit Batra
2018 Hichki Prof Wadia Siddharth Malhotra[5] 2018 Manto />


Year Show Role Director Network
2014 Samvidhaan Mahatma Gandhi Shyam Benegal Rajya Sabha TV
2018 Sacred Games DCP Parulkar Anurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane


Year Play Writer Role Director/Producer
1998 Macbeth William Shakespeare Banquo, English Doctor Salim Ghouse - Phoenix Players
2000 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Tom Stoppard Hamlet The Company Theatre
2000 Love is the best remedy Moliere Sganarelle Jean Jacques Bellot (from France)
2001 The game of love and chance Marivaux Harlequin Rene Migliaccio (from USA)
2003 Lady with Lapdog (play adaptation) Anton Chekov Gurov and Chekov Atul Kumar (The Company Theatre)
2004 Salome Oscar Wilde King Herod Gil Alon (from Israel)
2004 Aham Experimental work by 13 young workshop actors - Neeraj Kabi
2005 Hamlet William Shakespeare and Harivansh Rai Bachchan - Neeraj Kabi
2010 Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen Tesman Rehaan Engineer / The Company Theatre
2013 Gates to India song Marguerite Duras Peter Morgan Eric Vigner (from France)
2017 The Father Florian Zeller Pierre Naseeruddin Shah / Motley


  1. ^ "Neeraj Kabi". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "I am hungry for good work: 'Talvar' actor Neeraj Kabi". The Indian Express. 6 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "The monk and the producer". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (2013-08-03). "The monk and the producer". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-08-07. 
  5. ^ a b c "'I don't want to be easily recognised when I come on screen'". The Indian Express. 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2018-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Neeraj Kabi's choices have a theatre connect". dna. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-08-07. 
  7. ^ Korablinov, Alexander (2014-09-02). "Ship of Theseus wins Grand Prix at Sakhalin film festival". Retrieved 2018-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Curtains fall on 4th Jagran Film Festival". mid-day. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2018-08-07.