Shaji Choudhary[1][2] (born 7 July 1972) is an Indian actor[3][4][5] who plays supporting roles in Indian films and TV serials.[6][7] Born in Dodwari, Tonk,Rajasthan,[8] Shaji is known for his roles in Main Hoon Na, Jodhaa Akbar, Shaurya Aur Suhani, PK and Mirzapur.[9][10]

Shaji Choudhary
Born7 July 1972
Village Dodwari, Rajasthan, India
OccupationActor
Years active2004-present
Known forMain Hoon Na
Jodhaa Akbar
Pathaan
Children2

Early life and family background

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Shaji was born in the village Dodwari in Tonk, Rajasthan.[11] His father Roopnarayan Choudhary and his mother Rampyari Choudhary were both farmers.[12] When Shaji was 12 years old, he moved to Jaipur with his elder brother. Shaji had completed schooling from St. Soldiers and completed his college education from Rajasthan University, Shaji has four brothers and a sister. Shaji married Subdhara Choudhary, with whom he has two children, a daughter Vaishali and a son Manas.

Career

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Shaji moved to Mumbai, where he started his acting career with an appearance in the second season of the TV serial Shaktimaan on DD1 as the villain Kilvish (The role of Kilvish was portrayed by Surendra Pal in Season One). Shaji made his first film appearance in Main Hoon Na. In 2008, Shaji worked alongside Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan when director Ashutosh Gowariker signed him to play the character of Akbar's general Adham Khan in the historical drama film Jodhaa Akbar. Later, Shaji featured as Aghor in Shaurya Aur Suhani, a romantic soap opera in which he essayed a minor role. In 2014, Shaji played Tapasvi Maharaj's bodyguard in the film PK. Shaji played the role of Maqbool Khan in the TV Series Mirzapur where he played the role of Kaleen Bhaiya's (Pankaj Tripathi) trusted henchman.[13][14] He was also seen in C.I.D episodes portraying several characters.

In 2023, he was seen in the action-thriller Pathaan.

Filmography

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Year Title Role Notes Ref
2004 Main Hoon Na Johan [15]
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Adham Khan [16]
2009 Shaurya Aur Suhani Aghor Television series [17]
2010 Lahore Iqbal Khan [18]
2012 Shudra: The Rising Thakur [19]
Chundri Odhasi Mahro Bir Thakur
2013 Shootout at Wadala Aurangzeb
Singh Saab the Great Trilok
2014 PK Tapasvi Maharaj Bodyguard [20]
2015 Tevar Sultan
2016 Wagah Razzak Ali Khan [21]
Mohenjo Daro Kulka [22]
2017 Kaabil Anna
2018 Thugs of Hindostan Bhur Lal
Mirzapur Maqbool Web Series
2019 Blank Terrorist
Pranaam Thakur Bhanu Pratap [23]
2023 Pathaan Raza

Awards

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Best supporting actor National featured Films JNFF 2018 (Jharkhand National Film Festival).

References

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  2. ^ "Shaji Choudhary aka Maqbool Talks About His Healthy Living". sportzbusiness. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  3. ^ Bhopatkar, Tejashree (8 August 2013). "Anjali Rana, Saptrishi, Shaaji in Savdhaan India". timesofindia. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  4. ^ Rajesh, Srividya (14 February 2019). "Shaji Chaudhary and Reena Aggarwal in &TV's Laal Ishq". IWMBUZZ. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  5. ^ "देखिए शख़्सियत.. Bollywood Actor Shaji Choudhary के साथ". Youtube. 19 February 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Pathan: Mirzapur's Shaji Chaudhary & Gautam Rode Join Shah Rukh Khan In The Film?". koimoi. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  7. ^ Sampat, Shruti (13 May 2022). "EXCLUSIVE! Anshumaan Pushkar and Shaji Choudhary in Manoj Kotian's film Hari Om Hari". tellychakkar. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  8. ^ "टोंक का नाम बॉलीवुड तक रोशन करने वाले शाजी चौधरी बनना चाहते हैं मोगेंबो". Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi). 13 January 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  9. ^ Kahlon, Sukhpreet (2 April 2020). "People usually think of me for negative roles, says actor Shaji Chaudhary on his career in Hindi films". cinestaan. Archived from the original on 7 April 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Shaji Choudhary Timeline". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  11. ^ "राजस्थान के इस छोटे से गांव से हैं मिर्जापुर के मकबूल, शक्तिमान में बने थे किलविश". News 24 Hindi (in Hindi). 7 December 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Trailer Launch Of Hindi Film "SAVDHAN EK ADBHUT KAHANI With Ramesh Goel & Shaji Choudhary". Youtube. 21 April 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  13. ^ Punwani, Umesh (19 November 2018). "Mirzapur Review (Amazon Prime): Discomforting, Thrilling, Gory Yet Entertaining!". koimoi. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  14. ^ Saxena, Deep (12 December 2020). "'It's a blessing to be known by your character's name'". hindustantimes. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  15. ^ "Shaji Choudhary's First Film". bollywood hungama. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Adham Khan in Jodhaa Akbar". IMDb.
  17. ^ "Shaurya Aur Suhani Cast & crew". nettv4u. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Film premiere". aajtak. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Shudra The Rising Cast & crew". cinestaan. Archived from the original on 5 December 2020. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  20. ^ "PK cast & crew". cinestaan. Archived from the original on 29 September 2023. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  21. ^ "Wagah Cast". tvguide. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Mohenjo Daro Cast". mubi. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  23. ^ Verma, Vishal (8 August 2019). "Friday Man Says It's a Valley of Emotions This Week » Glamsham". glamsham. Retrieved 4 June 2022.