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Saurabh Shukla

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Saurabh Shukla
Saurabh Shukla
Shukla at the screening of Sonata
Born5 March 1963 (1963-03-05) (age 61)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present

Saurabh Shukla (born 5 March 1963) is a National Award-winning Indian actor, screenwriter, and film director who works in Hindi and a few Tamil and Telugu films. He is famous for his roles in Satya (1998), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), Yuva (2004), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Barfi! (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Kick (2014), PK (2014), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), Raid (2018) and Drishyam 2 (2022). He has also worked in a short documentary with Ruth Agnihotri and Rachael Agnihotri in Goa.

In 2014, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jolly LLB.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to Jogamaya Shukla, who was the first female tabla player of India, and Shatrughan Shukla, a vocalist from Agra Gharana, Shukla's family left Gorakhpur for Delhi when he was two years old. He completed his schooling and did graduation from S.G.T.B. Khalsa College, Delhi. His professional career began in 1984 with entry into the theatre. He is highly criticized for faking on Kapil Sharma's show where he claimed that he met (dacoit) Daku Maan Singh as references show he was born in the year 1963, 8 years after Maan Singh was killed in an encounter in the year 1955. [2]


Shukla began serious theatre in 1986 with roles in plays like A View From The Bridge (Arthur Miller), Look Back in Anger (John Osborne), Ghashiram Kotwal (Vijay Tendulkar) and Hayvadan. In 1991, he joined the NSD Repertoire Company – the professional wing of the National School of Drama – as an actor.[2] The next year he got his first break when Shekhar Kapur, impressed with his work, created a role for him in Bandit Queen.[3]

Shukla also did the role of Vijay Anand's sidekick Gopi in the 1994 Doordarshan crime drama Tehkikaat. The series was directed by Karan Razdan, but Kapur directed the first episode. He also wrote and acted in Zee TV's 9 Malabar Hill.[4]

He also appeared in a recurring albeit a short role of an aamir's jasoos (chieftain's spy) in the 1990s Doordarshan TV serial Mulla Nasiruddin, which had Raghubir Yadav in the lead role. The series was based on the folklore of Mulla Nasiruddin.

Shukla is also a part of a comic theater play 2 to Tango, 3 to Jive.[5]

Breakthrough (1998–present)[edit]

Shukla's biggest break came when he co-wrote the script for Ram Gopal Varma's 1998 cult classic Satya and played the role of gangster Kallu Mama in the film.[6] He won the Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay alongside Anurag Kashyap.

"Why do I make realistic films, like Satya? Because that's the kind of films I like to do. Capturing reality is very difficult and challenging," he said in a 2000 interview to Rediff.com, making it clear that he prefers realism in his scripts. In the same interview he also talked about his preferred genre of film making – comedy:

If you carefully see my work, it is all [comedy]. We usually categorize subjects as comedy and serious. But there is more than just this. Like when we laugh, we sometimes also cry. There can be certain viciousness to this action if there is too much of it. It is the same with romance, which gets too much after a point. There is always a comic element in every situation.[7]

In 2003, he wrote the screenplay for Calcutta Mail. He received his first award for this film, the Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay. In 2008, he acted in his first international film, the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, as the character Constable Srinivas. In 2013, he appeared as policeman Sudhanshu Dutta in Barfi!, a film through which director Anurag Basu and co-actor Ranbir Kapoor, he said, "revived [him] as an actor".[8]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1994 Bandit Queen Kailash
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin Vilas Pandey
1998 Kareeb Birju's father
Zakhm Gurdayal Singh
Satya Kallu Mama
1999 Taal Banerjee
Arjun Pandit Johnny
Baadshah Saxena
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan Mr. Malhotra "Chhotey"
2000 Hey Ram Manohar Lalwani Hindi-Tamil bilingual film.
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Gaitonde
Mohabbatein Sanjana's father
Snip! Munna
2001 Nayak: The Real Hero Pandurang
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Mama Kaanden
Moksha Kale
2002 Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai Lachhu Mama
Karz: The Burden of Truth Suraj's drunk friend Uncredited
2003 Yeh Dil Economics Teacher
Calcutta Mail Ghatak
Raghu Romeo Mario
Xcuse Me Hotel Manager
Mumbai Matinee Nitin Kapoor
Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi Senior Bihari Constable
Mudda - The Issue Dinanath
2004 Yuva Gopal
2005 Balu ABCDEFG Khan's brief Telugu film
Mumbai Xpress Kishore Mehta
Anniyan Cable Company Owner Tamil film
Dubbed as Aparichitudu in Telugu and Aparichit (2006) in Hindi
Yakeen Chamanlal
Home Delivery Pandey
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow Rajesh Jalan
Chehraa Director
Allari Bullodu Karim Lala Telugu film
2006 Mixed Doubles Sammy
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Batuk Maharaj
Care of Footpath Ranga Kannada film
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Dotcom Paaji
Khoya Khoya Chand Producer Khosa
Showbiz Inder Raj Bahl
2008 My Name is Anthony Gonsalves Murthy
Mithya Shetty
De Taali Godbole
Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors Diesel
Slumdog Millionaire Head Constable Srinivas English/Hindi film
Dasvidaniya Dasgupta
Oh, My God God
2009 Luck By Chance Nand Kishore
Love Khichdi Krishnan
Chintu Ji Malkani
2010 Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Begum
Lahore Madhav Suri
Paathshaala Lallan Sharma
Mirch Satish
2011 Utt Pataang Nandu Pandey
Yeh Saali Zindagi Mehta
Aarakshan Mantri Baburao
Shakal Pe Mat Ja Vijay Dinanath Chauhan
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Producer of dance album
2012 Staying Alive Shaukat Ali
I M 24
Barfi! Sudhanshu Dutta Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor

Nominated— Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Delhi Safari Bharela Voice only
The Last Act Theatre troupe director
2013 David David's father
Jolly LLB Justice Sunderlal Tripathi National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Gundappa Das
Kalpvriksh Shankar Dada
2014 Gunday Kaali Kaka
Main Tera Hero Balli
Gang of Ghosts Bhoothnath Bhaduri
Ek Tho Chance TBA
Kick Brijesh Mehra
PK Tapasvi Maharaj
2015 Kaun Kitne Paani Mein Braj Singh Deo
Mohalla Assi Upadhyay Pandit
2016 Dhilluku Dhuddu Kajal's father Tamil film dubbed as Raj Mahal 3 (2017) in Hindi.
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Justice Sunderlal Tripathi
The Wishing Tree (2017) Dhaba Owner
Jagga Jasoos Ex IB Officer Sinha
2018 Raid Rameshwar "Rajaji" Singh a.k.a. "Tauji"
Shabhash Kundu Robin Roy
Daas Dev Awadesh Pratap Chauhan
2019 Fraud Saiyaan Murari Chaurasia
Family Of Thakurganj Baba Bhandari
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? Nayyar Remake of classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai[9]
The Zoya Factor Nikhil's dad
The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Russi Karanjia Web series on ALTBalaji and ZEE5
Ujda Chaman Guruji [10]
Bala Hari Shukla
Pagalpanti Raja Sahab [11]
Aadhaar Parmanand Singh
2020 Chhalaang Mr. Shukla
2021 Madam Chief Minister Master Suraj Bhan
The Big Bull Manu Malpani
Tadap[12] Ishana's father
2022 Shamshera Shamshera's friend, Bali's ally
Drishyam 2 Murad Ali
Bhediya Bagga, Bhaskar's boss
TBA Identity Card Ghulam Nabi Post-production
TBA No Rules for Fools TBA Post-production
TBA Manohar Pandey TBA

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2022 Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein Akheraj Awasthi "Vidrohi", Purva's Father Netflix
2023 Pop Kaun? KBC Disney+ Hotstar

As writer and director[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Notes
1998 Satya Yes Star Screen Awards for Best Screenplay with Anurag Kashyap
2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! Yes
2003 Raghu Romeo Yes
Calcutta Mail Yes Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay
Mudda - The Issue Yes Yes
2005 Chehraa Yes Yes
Mumbai Xpress Yes
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Yes
2008 Mithya Yes
2009 Acid Factory Yes
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Yes Yes New York South Asian International Film Festival for Best Film with Rajat Kapoor
2011 Utt Pataang Yes
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Yes Yes Yes
2012 Fatso! Yes
I M 24 Yes Yes
2023 Dry Day Yes Yes

As lyricist[edit]

Year Film Notes
2006 Mixed Doubles


Shukla won the National Film Award and the Screen Award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Jolly LLB.[13]


  1. ^ "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Fat lot of good [1]Archived 27 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine Rediff, 1998.
  3. ^ "Shekhar Kapur told me to remain an actor". Archived from the original on 22 March 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Red alert - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Saurabh Shukla hits a century with his play '2 To Tango 3 To Jive'!". DNA India. 18 May 2017. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Beyond Kallu Mama". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008.
  7. ^ "The Black Comedy of Saurabh Shukla". Archived from the original on 22 March 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  8. ^ Sharma, Sampada (5 March 2018). "From gaining popularity as a credible actor to winning a National Award, Saurabh Shukla's journey has been tremendous". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (6 March 2019). "Manav Kaul, Nandita Das and Saurabh Shukla... #AlbertPintoKoGussaKyunAataHai - an official remake of the cult classic by Saeed Akhtar Mirza - to release on 12 April 2019... Directed by Soumitra Ranade... The 1980 classic starred Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil. https://t.co/e3JaquzPMI" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "'Ujda Chaman' trailer: Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Bala' to face competition from Sunny Singh's 'Ujda Chaman'". Times of India. 1 October 2019. Archived from the original on 4 November 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ Anees Bazmee [@BazmeeAnees] (10 March 2019). "Meet Raja Sahab aka @saurabhshukla_s ! #pagalpantionset @TSeries @PanoramaMovies @AnilKapoor @TheJohnAbraham @ArshadWarsi @PulkitSamrat @Ileana_Official @UrvashiRautela @kriti_official https://t.co/Qw17g2fUNh" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Tadap 2021 Film - Best Supporting Performance From Saurabh Shukla". 20 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Ship of Theseus, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag win National Awards | NDTV Movies.com". Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.

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