Jim Sarbh (born 27 August 1987) is an Indian actor known for his work in films and stage productions. He has received several awards including a Filmfare OTT Award, a Screen Award and an IIFA Award. Additionally, he has directed and acted in numerous theatre productions in India.

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Sarbh in 2018
Jim Sarbh

(1987-08-27) 27 August 1987 (age 35)[1]
EducationAmerican School of Bombay
Alma materEmory University
Occupation(s)Actor, theatre director
Years active2010–present

Sarbh made his feature film debut as the antagonist in the critically and commercially successful biopic Neerja (2016), which garnered him positive reviews from critics and such accolades as a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination and a Screen Award. He rose to prominence for playing antagonistic roles in the period drama Padmaavat (2018) and the biopic Sanju (2018), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. He was also a part of films like A Death in the Gunj (2017), Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) and Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway (2023). In 2022, he is playing Dr. Homi Bhabha in the series Rocket Boys.

In addition to his film career, Sarbh has regularly appeared in theatre productions, particularly those based in Mumbai. He has attracted attention for his performances in the 2013 revival of Death of a Salesman, Rajat Kapoor's What's Done is Done, and Kalki Koechlin's Living Room.[citation needed] He made his directorial debut in 2014 with Bull.[citation needed][2] For his extensive work in theatre, Sarbh was listed in Forbes India's 30 under 30 list in 2015.

Personal lifeEdit

Jim Sarbh was born on 27 August 1987 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India into a Parsi Zoroastrian family. His mother is a retired physiotherapist, and his father is a former master mariner, and the Regional Director of P&O Ports South and Middle East Asia. The family moved to Australia from India when Sarbh was three years old and came back to Bombay when he was eight, where he first attended Bombay International School in South Mumbai and then the American School of Bombay in Bandra, West Mumbai. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[3][4] He currently lives in Versova, Mumbai.[5]


Theatre roles and Bollywood debut (2009–2016)Edit

After graduating from the Emory University, Sarbh worked with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta for a year as a literary intern. He performed around Atlanta in the 2009 productions of such plays as The Show!, The Breakup, Tennis in Nablus, and Ice Glen; the last of the roles won him a Major Supporting Role Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award. Sarbh moved back to Mumbai in 2012 and began acting in local theatre productions. His performance as Happy Loman in Alyque Padamsee's 2013 revival of Death of a Salesman drew the attention of several commentators.[5][6] Sarbh continued to act in Mumbai-based plays including Rajat Kapoor's What's Done is Done, Rage Productions's The Glass Menagerie, Vickram Kapadia's The Merchant of Venice, Kalki Koechlin's Living Room, and later made his directorial and writing debut with the 2014 production Bull and Eat respectively.[5][3] He was listed in Forbes India's 30 under 30 list in 2015 for his contributions to the Mumbai theatre industry.[7]

Sarbh made his feature film debut with Ram Madhvani's 2016 biographical drama film Neerja.[8] He had two other releases in 2016–Jyoti Patil's Yashodhara and Daria Gai's 3 ½ Takes. He also worked on the short films Mama’s Boys by Akshat Verma, and Like Summer Like Rain by Gouri Dutt.[9]

Continued film career (2017–present)Edit

Sarbh had two Bollywood releases in 2017–the thriller A Death in the Gunj and the romance film Raabta.[10] The production was screened at various film festivals across Europe.[11] He played the role of Malik Kafur in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2018 epic romance Padmaavat, featuring alongside Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.[10] In 2019, he had a role in the Netflix film House Arrest,[12] and the following year featured in Yeh Ballet, another Netflix film.[13]

In 2020, he appeared in Bejoy Nambiar's Taish releasing on ZEE5 in October.[14]

In 2022, he appeared in the film Gangubai Kathiawadi as Amin Faizi, webseries Rocket Boys as Homi J. Bhabha and Eternally Confused and Eager for Love as a Wiz, a voiceover.



Year Film Role
2014 Shuruaat Ka Interval Vaz
2016 Neerja Khalil[15]
3 and 1/2 takes
2017 A Death in the Gunj Brian McKenzie
Raabta Zack Merchant/Qaabir
Teen Aur Aadha Natraj
2018 Padmaavat Malik Kafur
Sanju Zubin Mistry
The Wedding Guest Deepesh
Jonaki Lover
2019 Sometimes, I Think About Dying Robert
Photograph Rajveer
House Arrest Jamshed Daneja[16]
2020 Taish Rohan Karla[14]
Yeh Ballet Academy Head[13]
Beneath a Sea of Lights Jimmy
2021 The Tales of Boo Boo and Cuddly Poo Himself
2022 Gangubai Kathiawadi Hamid Fezi[17]
2023 Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway Daniel Singh Ciupek

Web seriesEdit

Year Name Role Channel
2018 Smoke Roy Eros Now
2019 Made in Heaven Adil Khanna Amazon Prime Video
Flip Keki Eros Now
2022 Eternally Confused and Eager for Love Wiz Netflix
Rocket Boys Homi J. Bhabha SonyLIV
Four More Shots Please Sean Lobo Amazon Prime Video

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2018 "Cold/Mess" Prateek Kuhad [18]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Channel Notes
2017 Akshat Varma
2021 Like Summer Like Rain

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Neerja Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actor In a Negative Role Won
Screen Awards Best Male Debut Won [19]
Stardust Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
Zee Cine Awards Won [20]
Best Male Debutant Won
2019 Padmaavat Asiavision Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Won [21]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [21]
2022 Rocket Boys 2022 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor (Drama Series) Nominated
2022 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor Critics Choice (Drama Series) Won


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