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Cyrus Broacha is a TV anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster and author. He is also a prankster, best known for his show Bakra on MTV and his show The Week That Wasn't on CNN News18 (formerly CNN-IBN). He also provided the voiceover as Angada in the cartoon film Ramayana.
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
He started acting at the age of five in a school play, The Emperor's New Clothes. Every year he performed and wrote for the school magazine, winning prizes for English and drama.
When Broacha was 12, he acted in his first Hindi film, Jalwa, with Pankaj Parashar, starring alongside Naseeruddin Shah. The next year, he did his first professional play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, under Pearl Padamsee. The press hailed him as a child prodigy, and his career in acting took off. He continued acting in plays, as theatre became his passion.
After graduation, Broacha went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City where he studied acting for theatre. After returning to India, he acted in many commercials, television serials and plays. He also hosted shows and corporate events, while pursuing his passion of theatre with over 20 commercial theatre productions.
His popularity had MTV seeking him. As an anchor with them, his reputation grew as he became MTV's main face. He has interviewed almost everyone in the Hindi film industry, from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. His candid-camera show is MTV Bakra.
Broacha has hosted many cricket shows including the popular Chevrolet Cricket Show on Ten Sports, and has interviewed nearly every cricketer from every generation.
He anchors a news satire and comedy show, The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, co-written and directed by friend Kunal Vijaykar. He presents the show Faking News on IBN 7, directed by his friend Vijayakar.
He led India's "Rock the Vote" campaign and represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference in Hanover, Germany. He moderated the Indian segment of Be Heard - A Global Discussion With Colin Powell in February 2002.
Broacha has acted in the following Hindi movies:
In January 2010, he released his book Karl, Aaj aur Kal, a semi-autobiographical comedy about celebrities, Bollywood and politics. In 2011, he released another book, The Average Indian Male, which is a riotous account of the Indian male commonly referred to as the "aam aadmi".
In 2015, he started hosting a pod-cast called Cyrus Says, produced by IVM network. This is a satirical show on life in urban India, politics, sports, civic sense and current affairs.
- "Watch: Cyrus Broacha". Archived from the original on 24 September 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2006.
- "Karl, Aaj Aur Kal: The funny side of Bollywood". Rediff. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "Cyrus Broacha: Dad's the word!". The Times Of India. 18 June 2002.
- "Being Cyrus Broacha". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 September 2006.