Saurabh Shukla is an Indian actor, director and writer. He was born on 5th March 1963 in Gorakhpur and moved to Delhi shortly after that, where he completed his graduation from Khalsa College.
He kicked off his professional career by entering into the world of theatre and went on to doing many plays like ‘A View from the Bridge’, ‘Look Back in Anger’, ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’, and Hayvadan. In 1991, he joined the National School of Drama’s Repertoire Company as an actor, which led to him getting his first break into the movies, a role in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen.
After that, there was no looking back for him as he went on to be a part of some of the biggest films of Indian cinema, playing some really meaty characters. Some of his most memorable films are Zakhm (1998), Satya (1998), Taal (1999), Baadshah (1999), Mohabbatein (2000), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001), Calcutta Mail (2003), Yuva (2004), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Oh My God! (2008), Barfi (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Main Tera Hero (2014), Kick (2014), PK (2014), Jolly LLB 2 (2017), Raid (2018), and the list goes on.
He also appeared in a few television shows. Among those, the most famous ones are Tehkikat and Mulla Nasiruddin broadcasted on Doordarshan in the 1990s. Additionally, he has also dabbled in the field of writing and direction. He has written the screenplay for various movies like Satya, Calcutta Mail, Chehraa, Acid Factory, Salaam-e-Ishq, to name a few. He has directed movies such as Mudda- The Issue, Raat Gayi Baat Gayi?, Pappu Cant Dance Saala, I M 24.
He has been awarded the National Film Award and Start Screen Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for his performance in Jolly LLB. He has also won a Star Screen Award for ‘Best Screenplay’ for the movie Satya. He received the Zee Cine Award for ‘Best Screenplay’ for his movie Calcutta Mail.
Saurabh Shukla has had a very solid association with AGP World. He has written, directed and starred in two of the most critically acclaimed plays produced by AGP World, ‘2 to Tango, 3 to Jive’ which is a play about a man going through a midlife crisis that will bring one from laughter to tears, and ‘Barff’ a gripping thriller which spans over one night, set in the backdrop of Kashmir.