Saurabh Shukla (born 5 March 1963) is an Indian film, theatre and television actor and director. He is famous for his roles in Satya (1998), 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.
Saurabh Shukla at the screening of Sonata
|Residence||New Delhi, India|
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
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 Khalsa College, Delhi. His professional career began in 1984 with entry into the 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.
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.
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 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.||”|
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".
|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||Hindi-Tamil bilingual film.|
|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 servant|
|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||Anniyan||Cable Company Owner||Tamil film |
Dubbed as Aparichitudu in Telugu and Aparichit (2006) 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 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|
|2014||Main Tera Hero||Balli|
|2014||Gang of Ghosts||Bhoothnath Bhaduri|
|2014||Ek Tho Chance||TBA|
|2015||Kaun Kitne Paani Mein||Braj Singh Deo|
|2016||Dhilluku Dhuddu||Kajal's father||Tamil film dubbed as Raj Mahal 3 (2017) in Hindi.|
|2016||Identity Card||Ghulam Nabi||Post-production|
|2016||No Rules for Fools||TBA||Post-production|
|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||Filming|
|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?||Remake of classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyoon Aata Hai|
|2019||Bala||Ratan Lal Shekhawat|
|2020||Aaj Kal||Rajiv Goswami|
As writer and directorEdit
|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|
- "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.
- Fat lot of good Rediff, 1998.
- Shekhar Kapur told me to remain an actor
- "Red alert - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- Beyond Kallu Mama
- The Black Comedy of Saurabh Shukla
- 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. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
- 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. t.co/e3JaquzPMI" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Anees Bazmee [@BazmeeAnees] (10 March 2019). "Meet Raja Sahab aka @saurabhshukla_s ! #pagalpantionset @TSeries @PanoramaMovies @AnilKapoor @TheJohnAbraham @ArshadWarsi @PulkitSamrat @Ileana_Official @UrvashiRautela @kriti_official t.co/Qw17g2fUNh" (Tweet) – via Twitter.