Saurabh Shukla on the Rekha Bharadwaj Show in 2011
5 March 1963 |
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Residence||New Delhi, India|
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
Saurabh Shukla (born 5 March 1963) is an Indian film, theatre and television actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in films like Satya (1998), Barfi! (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Kick (2014), and PK (2014).
Early life and background
Shukla's family left Gorakhpur for Delhi when he was two years old. Here after completing his schooling, he did his graduation from Khalsa College, Delhi. His professional career began in 1984 with his entry into theatre.
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 actor. The next year he got his first break when Shekhar Kapur, impressed with his work, created a role for him in Bandit Queen.
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.
These days also he is doing a comic theatre play 2 to Tango, 3 to Jive.
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. 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 his prefers realism in his scripts. In the same interview he also talked about his preferred genre of film making – black comedy:
|“||If you carefully see my work, it is all black 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.||”|
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1996||Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin||Vilas Pandey|
|1999||Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan||Mr. Malhotra "Chhotey"|
|2000||Hey Ram||Manohar Lalwani|
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!||Gaitonde|
|2001||Nayak: The Real Hero||Pandurang|
|2001||Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar||Mama Kaanden|
|2002||Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Lachhu Mama|
|2002||Karz: The Burden of Truth||Suraj's drunk friend||Uncredited|
|2003||Yeh Dil||Economics Teacher|
|2003||Xcuse Me||Hotel Manager|
|2003||Mumbai Matinee||Nitin Kapoor|
|2003||Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi||Senior Bihari Constable|
|2003||Mudda - The Issue||Dinanath|
|2005||Balu ABCDEFG||Khan's brief||Telugu film|
|2005||Mumbai Xpress||Kishore Mehta|
|2005||Mumbai Express||Cameo appearance
|2005||Anniyan||Cable Company Owner||Tamil film
Dubbed as Aparichitudu in Telugu and Aparichit in Hindi
|2005||Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow||Rajesh Jalan|
|2005||Allari Bullodu||Karim Lala||Telugu film|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Batuk Maharaj|
|2006||Care of Footpath||Kannada film|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love||Dotcom Paaji|
|2007||Khoya Khoya Chand||Producer Khosa|
|2007||Showbiz||Inder Raj Bahl|
|2008||My Name is Anthony Gonsalves||Murthy|
|2008||Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors||Diesel|
|2008||Slumdog Millionaire||Head Constable Srinivas||English/Hindi film|
|2008||Oh, My God||God|
|2009||Luck By Chance||Nand Kishore|
|2010||Tera Kya Hoga Johnny||Begum|
|2011||Utt Pataang||Nandu Pandey|
|2011||Yeh Saali Zindagi||Mehta|
|2011||Shakal Pe Mat Ja||Vijay Dinanath Chauhan|
|2011||Pappu Can't Dance Saala|
|2012||Staying Alive||Shaukat Ali|
|2012||I M 24|
|2012||Barfi!||Sudhanshu Dutta||Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2012||Delhi Safari||Bharela||Voice only|
|2013||Jolly LLB||Justice Tripathi||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2013||Phata Poster Nikhla Hero||Gundappa Das|
|2014||Main Tera Hero||Balli|
|2014||Gang of Ghosts||Bhoothnath Bhaduri|
|2014||Ek Tho Chance||TBA||Post-production & It Premiered at the 2009 Film Festival of Kerala|
|2015||Kaun Kitne Paani Mein||Braj Singh Deo|
|2016||Dhilluku Dhuddu||Kajal's father||Tamil film|
|2016||Identity Card||Ghulam Nabi||Post-production|
|2016||No Rules for Fools||TBA||Post-production|
|2017||Jolly LLB 2||Pre-production|
As writer and director
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!||Yes|
|Calcutta Mail||Yes||Nominated—Zee Cine Award for Best Screenplay|
|Mudda - The Issue||Yes||Yes|
|2007||Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love||Yes|
|Raat Gayi Baat Gayi?||Yes||Yes|
|Pappu Can't Dance Saala||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|I M 24||Yes||Yes|
He was given Screen Awards for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for film Jolly LLB in January 2014. He has received National Film Awards for Supporting Role (Male) for the same film Jolly LLB.
- "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- Fat lot of good Rediff, 1998.
- Shekhar Kapur told me to remain an actor
- "Red alert - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
- Beyond Kallu Mama
- The Black Comedy of Saurabh Shukla