Mukesh Chhabra

Mukesh Chhabra[1] (born 27 May 1980) is a Mumbai-based Indian film director, casting director, acting workshop director, and actor who has cast several actors for movies including director Vikas Bahl's Chillar Party, Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che and Nikhil Advani's D-Day. Mukesh has now started his new office at Delhi for all the aspiring actors from Delhi NCR and north region.[2]

Mukesh Chhabra
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Born (1980-05-27) 27 May 1980 (age 40)
Mumbai, India
Alma materUniversity of Delhi
OccupationActor, casting director, acting workshop director
Years active2000-present

In 2020, Chhabra has made his directorial debut with Dil Bechara, a remake The Fault in Our Stars featuring Sushant Singh Rajput is the leading role and music composed by A. R. Rahman.[3][4]

Early lifeEdit

Chhabra graduated from Delhi University with an acting diploma from the Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. He completed a six-year acting and teaching stint with the ‘Theatre in Education’ Company (TIE) affiliated with the National School of Drama in India.[5]


Chhabra came to Mumbai in 1997 and worked as an Assistant Casting Director before setting up his own casting company. His first film as independent casting director was the small budget film Chintuji..

Subsequently, Chhabra did the casting for films of different genres like Kai Po Che, Shahid, Chennai Express, Jai Ho, Hasee To Phasee, Mastram and D-day[6] Apart from films, he's also done casting for TVCs. In his career, Chhabra has employed several unconventional casting methods. For example, he spotted the budding actor Irfan Khan, who played the character 'Fatka' in the film Chillar Party, on the streets of Mumbai.[7] Chhabra's democratic style of auditioning has previously invited nuisance value from potential actors.[8]

Actor Rajkumar Rao was chosen to play one of the leads for the film Kai Po Che only on Chhabra's insistence.[9] Rao's talent in the film won him critical acclaim and later Chhabra cast him in Shahid as the leading man.[10]


Casting directorEdit

Year Film
2011 Yeh Faasle
2013 Amal
Chintu Ji
Teen The Bhai
Chillar Party
Gangs of Wasseypur
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
Pehla Sitara
Kai Po Che
Monsoon Shootout
Chennai Express
That Day After Every Day
2014 Jai Ho
Hasee to Phasee
Bhootnath Returns
2015 Bombay Velvet
2016 Dangal[11]
2017 Tubelight
2018 Sanju
2019 Bharat
2020 Dil Bechara
99 Songs

Acting workshop directorEdit

Year Film
2007 Amal
2011 Yeh Faasle
Chillar Party
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2013 Kai Po Che
Aashiqui 2
2014 Ek Villain


Year Film Role
2006 Rang De Basanti Manmath Nath
2007 Amal Subhash
2008 Hijack Shakeel
2009 Kaminey Guddu's friend
2011 Chillar Party Panuti's Guest
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 Nawab
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Lovely
2013 Vakratunda Mahakaya Man in the Bus
Siddharth Mukesh Bhai
2016 I Don't Watch TV Himself
Raman Raghav 2.0 Loan Shark
2018 Rajma Chawal Anoop Ji


Year Film
2020 Dil Bechara


  1. ^ "My directorial debut a love story: Mukesh Chhabra". The Indian Express. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mukesh Chhabra's Casting Company comes to Delhi". Bollywoood Galiyara. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput locked for The Fault In Our Stars remake". 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Mukesh Chhabra suspended as director of Kizzie Aur Manny amid sexual harassment allegations". 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Theatre of Dreams - Indian Express". 23 August 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "'D-Day': It's gripping and has gravitas - The Times of India". 19 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Meet casting director Mukesh Chhabra: The man behind films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Shahid, Highway | Times of India Blogs". Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "When Raj Kumar Yadav faced rejection for Kai Po Che! - NDTV". 3 March 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Film | Raj Kumar | Shahid". Time Out Mumbai. 9 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Meet Aamir Khan's wrestler daughters". Mumbai Mirror.

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