(born 6 August 1980) is an Indian VJ and Bollywood actor. He is known for his comic wit in shows like Semi Girebaal and other such satirical comedy shows, hosting, and spoofs.
Cyrus Sahukar was born in the military headquarters of Mhow, Indore on 6 August 1980. His father, Colonel Behram Sahukar, is Parsi, and his mother, Nimeran Sahukar, a writer, is Punjabi. He has an elder sister, Preeti Philip, who is an artist. Sahukar did his schooling from St Columba’s School, Delhi and he graduated from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce of Delhi University.
Sahukar started doing theatre in school and acted in school plays from the age of 6. He also used to sing in his school band, and by age 14, he was a part of Punjabi actress Kiran Bedi’s Literacy Mission Program, in which the students performed plays and educational skits for the Punjabi inmates of Tihar Jail. During the same period, he acted in a play which was a part of Barry John’s Red Noses Club. The play was directed by John and was called Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on a novel by author Salman Rushdie.
At 15, he performed a musical show called Thank you for the music, directed by Stephen Marazzi, which was his first professional endeavor as a singer. After that, he joined Roshan Abbas and started doing radio voice-overs and jingles. His first jingle was for Harpic.
By the age of 16, he was hosting a Punjabi radio show called Radio Rampage in Delhi. Around the same time, he worked on the production of and acted in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express and Graffiti Postcards from School, both plays directed by Roshan Abbas.
At the age of 18, he auditioned in a nationwide search for MTV India called MTV VJ Hunt. He won this VJ Hunt along with Mini Mathur and Asif Seth.
Journey from MTV
He joined MTV in the end of 1999 and moved from Delhi to Mumbai and became one of the youngest people working in MTV. He said about the demanding new work, “It was a scary time. Channel V had just been launched as well and there were 15 new VJs every week. And to top that off, my name was Cyrus,” referring both to comparisons with elder-comic Cyrus Broacha and the seemingly-limited number of Parsi names.
The following year, in 2000, he fronted a show called MTV Fully Faltoo. It went on to become one of the very first shows to spoof on everything – from movies, to ads, and TV shows, prominent among them being Sholay, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and the Indiana Jones series.
Around the same time, he started performing a spoof on Navjot Singh Sidhu as Piddhu The Great and also hosted Semi Girebaal, which was a spoof on the talk show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal. Semi Girebaal recorded a higher rating than the original show.
When MTV forayed into the mockumentary arena, he started anchoring the show Kickass Mornings, in which he played 25 different characters. He then also hosted two seasons of the game show Hole in the Wall, followed by All stars, both for Pogo Channel.
Worked on MTV Bakra Gag
Hosted a travel show called Chill Out in 1999
Piddhu the Great – a spoof on Navjot Singh Sidhu in 2000
MTV Fully Faltoo Film festival – Bechare Zameen Par
Kick Ass Mornings, where he played over 25 characters
The first time MTV shot a mockumentary where he played Bobby Chadda and Paromita the Neurotic
Nat Geo – hosted the International Spelling Bee
Hosted India’s Got Talent on Colors in 2012
Hosted Sab Khelo Sab Jeeto on SAB in 2013[