Saurabh Shukla is another deep rooted theatre actor, a screenwriter and also a director of the Hindi Cinema. A graduate from Delhi, Saurabh learnt acting in the National School of Drama (NSD) an also later joined the NSD Repertoire Company in 1991 as a professional actor. He has made us roll with laughter through his comedy roles since more than a couple of decades now. Born with talent, Saurabh started his journey in 1986 with his roles in plays like “A View from The Bridge”, “Look Back in Anger”, etc.
He also got chance to work for Television industry in his culminate years after Shekhar Kapoor, a celebrated Director of the time saw him at NSD. In those television days, he started to showcase his writings also. He wrote and acted in Zee TV’s “9 Malabar Hill” and many other productions, where he earned laurels.
However, his love for ‘theatre’ was eternal and he always had a niche for it. When talking about his major breakthrough, since 1998 Saurabh Sir’s turning point in industry was when he wrote down a script for Ram Gopal Varma’s film ‘Satya‘. His intense role played in the film was a the Gangster Kallu Mama which got caged in people’s hearts. He had also won the Star Screen Award for Best Screenplay alongside Anurag Kashyap.
Also, The ZEE Cine Award for Best Screenplay in was conferred to him. Saurabh Shukla is also an International Artiste. He earned a role in The Golden Globe and Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire as the character constable Srinivas.
His latest films which are worth a while and would steal your hearts are in are “Oh, My God”, “Paathshaala”, “Kick”, “Barfi”, “Jolly L.L.B”, “Gunday”, and “Main Tera Hero”.
“Ishq Aur Bullet Mein Khaas Fark Nahi Hota Bhai, Dono Hi Nikalte Hain Chhati Faadne Ke Liye.”
– from film Yeh Saali Zindagi
“Dawai Aur Shaadi Mein Badi Similarity Hoti Hai, Dono Agar Time Pe Na Mile Na, Bahut Mushkil Ho Jaati Hai”.
-from the film Kick
“Jaise English Mein Saboot Ko Proof Kehte Hai.. Ghar ki Chhat ko Roof Kehte hain, Vaise hi Har Language Mein aap Jaison ko Bewakoof Kehte Hain”.
Saurabh ji is a brilliant comedian. Very few in the industry have achieved such pioneering levels in this genre of cinema. It is said, “The most difficult thin in the world is to make a person laugh”. Agreed. But artistes like him have made not one but millions laugh.
Shukla sees comedy as a whole. He expresses this by saying that, “When we laugh, we also cry sometimes. Comedy does not only about laughter but stirring every human emotion.” This is such a beautiful way to accept the art form into real life’s practicality and convey it through subtlety. Cineglance wishes Saurabh ji a healthy life and more success stories ahead.