Saurabh Shukla

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Saurabh Shukla
Saurabh Shukla
Shukla at the screening of Sonata
Born5 March 1963 (1963-03-05) (age 59)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present

Saurabh Shukla (born 5 March 1963) is an Indian actor, screenwriter, and film director who works in Hindi films. He is famous for his roles in Satya (1998), Yuva (2004), Barfi! (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Kick (2014), PK (2014), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and Raid (2018). 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.[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, 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]


As actor[edit]

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

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

2012 Delhi Safari Bharela Voice only
2012 The Last Act Theatre troupe director
2013 David David's father Tamil Film
2013 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
2013 Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Gundappa Das
2013 Kalpvriksh Shankar Dada
2014 Gunday Kaali Kaka
2014 Main Tera Hero Balli
2014 Gang of Ghosts Bhoothnath Bhaduri
2014 Ek Tho Chance TBA
2014 Kick Brijesh Mehra
2014 PK Tapasvi Maharaj
2015 Kaun Kitne Paani Mein Braj Singh Deo
2015 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
2017 The Wishing Tree (2017) Dhaba Owner
2017 Jagga Jasoos Ex IB Officer Sinha
2018 Raid Rameshwar "Rajaji" Singh a.k.a. "Tauji"
2018 Shabhash Kundu Robin Roy
2018 Daas Dev Awadesh Pratap Chauhan
2019 Fraud Saiyaan Murari Chaurasia
2019 Family Of Thakurganj Baba Bhandari
2019 Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? Nayyar Remake of classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai[9]
2019 The Zoya Factor Nikhil's dad
2019 The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Russi Karanjia Web series on ALTBalaji and ZEE5
2019 Ujda Chaman Guruji [10]
2019 Bala Hari Shukla
2019 Pagalpanti Raja Sahab [11]
2019 Aadhaar Parmanand Singh
2020 Chhalaang Mr. Shukla
2021 Madam Chief Minister Master Suraj Bhan
2021 The Big Bull Manu Malpani
2021 Tadap[12] Ishana's father
2022 Shamshera Shamshera's friend, Bali's ally
TBA Identity Card Film has yet to be released Ghulam Nabi Post-production
TBA No Rules for Fools Film has yet to be released TBA Post-production
TBA Manohar Pandey Not yet released TBA

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

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 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". 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." (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" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Tadap 2021 Film - Best Supporting Performance From Saurabh Shukla". 20 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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