Aanjjan Srivastav

Other names of Aanjjan Srivastav: Anjan Srivastava, Aanjjan Srivatav

Aanjjan Srivastav is a veteran Indian Stage, Film and Television Actor. He was born on June 21948 in Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) to a household from Uttar Pradesh. His father is a banker who worked at the Allahabad Bank in Kolkata. He studied Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at Calcutta University. From there, shifted his focus to acting by joining Theatre Groups in the year 1968 while doing plays at All India Radio.

His father wanted him to work at the Allahabad Bank while doing plays simultaneously. But when his sister died in 1976, his father finally allowed him to move to Mumbai and pursue his acting career moreover. Shortly after his arrival to Mumbai, the actor instantly participated in Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and joined in a variety of their productions. Initially, Aanjjan worked as a General Secretary in IPTA. Later, he became the Vice President of the Association. Apart from that, he also worked in one of the Best Theatre in Mumbai, the Prithvi Theatre.

He started his career by doing Bengali plays such as Neel Darpan and Anwar. His contribution to IPTA includes M.S. Sathyu’s Safaid Kundali or The Caucassion Chalk Circle and other Popular Social Stage Plays under the same theatre group. Subsequently, after working in theatre, he started to appear in the silver screen. He appeared in Saza-E-Maut and bagged the role of Police Officer Sharma in the Bollywood comedy film, Gol Maal in 1979. Aanjjan appeared in the 1985 Hindi film Ghulami as Bade Thakur’s (played by Om Shivpuri Om Shivpuri is an Indian theater actor who was see >> Read More... ) Munim. Later, the actor moved to the small screen and played various characters in Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi is a popular sitcom, which was >> Read More... . He continued to act in notable television series like the period television film, Tamas Serial Story Coming Soon...   >> Read More... and DD National’s Nukkad Nukkad is a prominent Hindi serial, broadcasted on >> Read More... . He was also seen in the popular 1986 series, Katha Sagar Katha Sagar was a popular television series which >> Read More... . In the year 1987, he finally acted in a lead comic role in the serial, Wagle Ki Duniya Wagle Ki Duniya is a prominent Indian comedy sitco >> Read More... by R.K. Laxman which earned him the needed fame. Aanjjan was also part of the epic television series, Discovery of India by Shyam Benegal.

This Brilliant Actor acted in more than 127 Hindi films. He was seen as the father of Sunil (played by Shah Rukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan or also known as SRK is a prominent >> Read More... ) in the Bollywood film, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa released in 1994. He was also a part of the 2007 Hindi sports film, Chak De! India as Mr.Tripathi, the Head Official of a Hockey Team. He was also seen in the Bollywood comedy movie, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman in 1992. In 2005, Aanjjan joined the cast of the Hindi comedy film, No Entry Click to look into! >> Read More... . He also starred in Raat by M.S. Sathyu which is based on the renowned play, Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman. He was also a part of the notable play, Moteram Ka Satyagrah. He was well-known in the Marathi and Hindi industries. He has acted in Salaam Bombay! and the Box-Office Romantic Drama Film Mississippi Masala. Both films were under the direction of the popular, Mira Nair.

Aanjjan continued working as a bank employee all through his career in acting. He retired in the year 2001. He is married with a daughter, twins and later, he had another boy and a girl. Two of them were also seeking for a place in the acting industry.


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Aanjjan Srivastav was born in Kolkata and spent a considerable pat of his life there. His parents had been staying in Kolkata for long, although being basically from Uttar Pradesh. His father was enamoured of the Bengali influence, and wanted his son also to imbibe the same. So, it was in Kolkata that Aanjjan started participating in local Hindi and Bengali theatre groups from 1968, and also took part in plays over All India Radio, Kolkata. Before that he had also completed his education, obtaining his Commerce and Law degrees, and then like his father, joined the Allahabad Bank, which had its Head Office in Kolkata itself.

Being with the theatre fraternity enabled him to also do a short role in the Bengali film “Chameli Mem Shaeb” followed by a few other screen roles in Bengali cinema after this. His name spread and before late he was seen acting with the noted theatre groups of Kolkata, like Adakar, Sangeet Kala Mandir and Kala Bhavan. At this time, Aanjjan was itching to spread his wings further in the theatre world and moved to Mumbai, but this happened only in 1976 when his father did not come in his way to seek a transfer. He immediately joined the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) as well as the famous Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, almost as if continuing his theatre career which had started in Kolkata. The most notable of his theatre contributions in Mumbai was “Safaid Kundali” by M.S. Sathyu.

Besides being busy with theatre, he also landed up in quite a few movie and TV roles, most notable being “ Golmaal Click to look into! >> Read More... ” and “Ghulami” on the silver screen and “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi”, “Tamas”, “Nukkad”, and “Wagle Ki Duniya” based on R.K. Laxman's common man. His exploits on the small as well as big screen are too large to be recounted individually, but suffice to say that he is recognized as one of our finest actors, who has imbibed the best of theatre from the regional theatres of Maharashtra and Bengal, and contributed hugely in all spheres of acting through his easy going and convincing manner, always equating himself with the ordinary audience without appearing too sophisticated.



Anang Desai Hindi Actor

Anang Desai

Anang Desai was born on May 4, 1953 at Ahmedabad. He is married to ‘Chitra Desai’, who is a lawyer and has two sons. He went to ‘National School of Drama’, Delhi to hone his acting skills and graduated in 1978. He then, for the next 8 years, remained connected to institute’s Theater Company. He started his acting career with his debut appearance in the Oscar winning Hollywood movie, ‘Gandhi’. The movie was released in 1982, wherein he performed the role of ‘J.B Kriplani’. Since then, he had acted in around 85 Bollywood movies. He has performed almost all types of characters in his 3 decades of Bollywood career. He has also been working for TV industry since 1987, when he appeared in the political TV series, ‘Raj Se Swaraj’. The next year, he did a few episodes of all time hit Tele series, ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ as ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy’ and as ‘Ibrahim Lodi’. This historical drama was aired during 1988, on Doordharshan or DD National, as it is currently known as. In his illustratious career, he had worked with top Indian directors including Shyam Benegal, Subhash Ghai, Mahesh Bhatt and Satish Kaushik among others. He has acted in more than eighty TV-shows so far. The last year, he was seen in a Psychological thriller ‘Main Naa Bhoolungi’ as ‘Mahanto Jagannath’. The serial has been aired from Dec 2013 and recently been concluded during the month of Aug 2014 on Sony TV. Currently he is busy in doing a TV sitcom, titled, ‘Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala’ where in he is performing the role of ‘Hasubai Mehta’. The show has started on 18th Aug 2014 and is running on SAB TV. He won two Star Pariwar awards for the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ aka ‘Babuji’ in the TV sitcom, ‘Khichdi’. The serial was broadcasted from 2002 to 2004 on Star Plus. The second season was named as ‘Instant Khichdi’ wherein he again donned the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ but this time the TV series was broadcasted on Star One (a sister channel of Star Plus) from 2005 to 2006. This was followed by the movie with the same name, ‘Khichdi: The Movie’ which was released during Oct 2010 and rated as average. In the movie, he again performed the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ aka ‘Babuji’. Another version of this story... Anang Desai is a renowned Indian film and television actor. He was born on May 4, 1953 in Ahmedabad, India. He was married to a lawyer, Chitra Desai and they have been blessed with two sons.  He entered the National School of Drama in New Delhi and after that, Anang was associated with the repertory company of NSD for nearly 8 years and worked with the prominent theatre directors. His first film is the epic biographical English film, Gandhi where he played the role of Acharya Kripalani in 1982. His first appearance in television was from the serial, Raj Se Swaraj in year 1987. Anang already worked with some of the famous directors like Satish Kaushik, Shyam Benegal, Mahesh Bhatt and Subhash Ghai.  Anang has done several films in more than two decades of his career. He acted in films life Bharat Ek Khoj, Falak (The Sky), Parinda, Parinati, Aashiqui, Junoon, Gunaah, Dilwale, Dil Ka Doctor, Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, Dahek: A Burning Passion and more. In 2001, he played as Lalit Kumar Malhorta in the Bollywood film, Yaadein then later, he acted in the horror film, Raaz by Mahesh Bhatt. Subsequently, he bagged different roles in various films including the popular ‘Khichdi: The Movie’ in 2010. His character as Ishwarbhai Patel in the Gujarati film, Kevi Rite Jaish in 2012 gained him the Best Supporting Actor award in the 12th Transmedia Awards. Anang has done several television shows as well including the Hindi sitcom, Khichdi which was produced by UTV Software Communications. He played the role of Tulsidas Parekh or Babuji, who is the head of the family. Anang received two Star Parivar Awards for his excellent comedic performance in the show. He also acted in Rose Audiovisuals’ India Calling on STAR One. The actor also appeared in Lucky, Instant Khichdi, Alaxmi Ka Super Parivaar, Sanskaar Laxmi, Kumkum, Who Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Don’t Worry Chachu, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Bombay Blue and the Dutch drama show ‘Das Mädchen Mit Dem Indischen Smaragd’. Anang played as the boss of Aditya (played by Arjun Bijlani) on SAB TV’s Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyaar. He bagged a pivotal role in the television series, Hatim in 2013, where he essayed the role of a royal king who gave Hatim the 7 questions he needs and will be his guide on his legendary journey. This year, Anang donned the role of Hasmukh Mehta, a wealthy Gujarati businessman in the comedy series, Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala on SAB TV. He also made his entry to the drama series, Main Naa Bhoolungi on Sony India. He bagged the role of Mahanto Jagannath, a successful business tycoon.  Anang Desai is a very versatile actor who can grab the attention of the audience and take them by storm with his captivating personality and efficient acting skills in almost all of his shows. Initially, he is always inclined to serious and emotional roles and he was thankful to JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia of Hats Off Productions who changed his personality and believed that he can do comedic roles also. Because of that, he got enough popularity and became a household name in the Indian television.