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Shakeel Siddiqui (Urdu: شکیل صدیقی‎) is a Pakistani television stand-up comedian better known as 'Teeli' in Pakistan. He rose to prominence in Bollywood after appearing as a contestant in Comedy Circus.[2] Although he didn't win, he became so popular that he was hired as a co-host in the second season of the show. He was paired to actress Urvashi Dholakia in reality show, Ustaadon Ka Ustaad (2008).

Shakeel Siddiqui
PseudonymTeeli , Comedy ka keel shakeel
Born (1964-05-26) 26 May 1964 (age 55)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
GenresBlack comedy
Insult comedy
Notable works and rolesfor his tenure in Comedy Circus, Comedy Nights Bachao, Comedy Nights Live, Comedy Kings[1]

Shakeel Siddiqui also appeared as a celebrity guest in Salman Khan's reality game show, Dus Ka Dum (2008)[3] and as a guest judge in Boogie Woogie dance competition. He was also a participant in the third season of Comedy Circus, dubbed Kaante Ki Takkar.

Today Shakeel appears on all major channels of Pakistan for his performances.


Earlier careerEdit

Shakeel in his earlier career quite did not click until he was found by Umar Shareef which eventually made him a big theater artist both worked in several Stage Dramas together such as Dulhan Main Lekar Jaonga. Shakeel's role in stage plays and films were quite popular, he worked with Indian comedians like Johnny Lever. Shakeel Siddiqui performance was notable in stage dramas Beauty Parlour, Budha Ghar pay hai, Chand baraye Farokht and Nayi Ami Puranay Abba. His situational jokes for Shruti Seth on the sets of Comedy Circus made the Indian audience absolute stunned and his presence of mind has led him to marvelous success in India. Shakeel Presently co-host a show with another stand up comedian Kashif Khan called Hazraaat on News Channel Abb takk

Before appearing on Comedy Circus, he had worked side by side with comedian Umer Sharif in Pakistani stage plays like "Bakra Qistoon Pay" (Goat on installments), "Yeh to Housefull Hogaya" (Full House), "Nayee Ammi Purana Abba" (New Mother Old Father) and many more.

Shakeel Siddiqui in IndiaEdit

Shakeel was best known for his time in India for the show Comedy Circus where he was critically acclaimed as a king of stage comedy, he later stepped out of the competition by himself and participated separately on fan's choice alongside Urvashi Dholakia initially and, Shruti Seth and Mona Singh at the final season of his appearance. Among the other participants he became role model and participants like Swapnil often referred him as the best stand up of the show. Satish Shah and Archana praised Shakeel for his tremendous performances and cracking furious jokes on Shruti Seth. He appeared in Game Show Dus ka Dum on Sony Television. Many comedians often mimic Shakeel in the remembrance after he was forcefully departed from India due to the political pressure by extremists.[4][5]

Departure from Indian televisionEdit

After the 2008 Mumbai Attacks some news channels and blogs reported that Shakeel was beaten and forced to leave India by locals due to 26/11 Mumbai attacks.[6][7][8] However, he later denied being beaten or abused and claimed that the producers of Sony were threatened by the members of MNS of "dire consequences" if they continue to allow Pakistanis to perform on their shows. As a safety precaution, the producers and the artist agreed to have him deport from the country. This claim coincides with later reports.[9][10][11][12][13] He has made several appearances on Indian TV shows since then.

Return to Indian televisionEdit

In October 2014 Shakeel made a comeback to Indian screen with Comedy Classes on Life Ok.[14]


Year Title Role Language Cast
1996 Baazigar Western Punjabi Arbaaz Khan, Babar Ali, Meera, Saima, Javed Shaikh, Ismail Tara, Shakeel Siddiqui
1998 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Hero Bhai Urdu Arbaaz Khan, Shaan Shahid, Saud, Meera, Ismail Tara, Sahiba, Shakeel Siddiqui


Abrahim Shah Shab:Kaante Ki Takkar as Celebrity Contestant with Urvashi Dholakia on Sony Entertainment Television (India)..


  1. ^ "Pakistan is rich in comedians, India in actors: Md Shakil Ansari". Saudi Gazette. 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ Comedian Shakil vows to return to Bollywood. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2009-11-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Salman Khan's adieu to 10 Ka Dum". Screen. Sep 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Famous comedian Shakeel Siddiqui beaten up in India". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  7. ^ "Shakeel Siddiqui of Comedy Circus Beaten in Mumbai | The Pakistani Spectator". 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  8. ^ "Pakistani Comedian Shakil Siddiqi Beaten By Shiv Sena". 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  9. ^ "MNS stops Pak comedian from shooting". The Times Of India. 2010-06-19.
  10. ^ "Threat For Pak Comedian To Perform In India". Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  11. ^ Dubey, Bharati (2008-12-03). "Mumbai". The Times Of India.
  12. ^ [1] Archived September 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Good Morning Pakistan, Good Morning Pakistan (in Urdu), retrieved 2011-05-19
  14. ^ Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Shakeel Siddiqui and Sudesh Lehri Team Up for Ache Din Institute. NDTV. Indo-Asian news service. October 1, 2014.

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