Shaji Choudhary is an Indian actor who has portrayed supporting roles in movies and TV serials. Shaji made his first Bollywood appearance in the 2006 Hindi film Husn Bewafa which went unnoticed. In 2008, Shaji got to work alongside
Hrithik Roshan and
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan when the director
Ashutosh Gowariker signed him to play the character of Akbar’s general Adham Khan in the historical drama
The flick was a take on the marriage of a Rajputana princess Jodha and the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar. Jodhaa Akbar got rave reviews, and it would go on to break records as well. Later, Shaji featured in
Shaurya Aur Suhani, a romantic soap opera in which he essayed a minor role.
In 2013, Shaji appeared in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout at Wadala as Aurangzeb. “Shootout at Wadala” focuses on Mumbai underworld crime scene and had
Anil Kapoor, and
Kangana Ranaut in its cast. Eventually, it got praise from all around the world for its depiction of the gangsters.
In 2014, Shaji turned up in two movies. His first 2014 release was
Action Jackson who starred Ajay Devgn,
Yami Gautam, and
Manasvi Mamgai. Shaji’s character was that of a henchman under the guidance of Xavier Fonseca, a notorious criminal. However, Action Jackson faced a backlash from the critics for its bogus script. But Shaji went on to be a part of Rajkumar Hirani’s PK. PK is about an alien who gets trapped on the Earth.
During his stay on this planet, he poses questions about religious superstitions and beliefs which makes people think twice about their faith in such practices. Various groups protested against the screening of PK as they stated that the motion picture did not respect religious sentiments of people. Featuring Aamir Khan as PK (alien) and
Anushka Sharma, the audience and reviewers applauded Hirani for his attempt to make people aware of such methods which sometimes brainwash the innocent ones.
The makers had cast Shaji as Tapasvi Maharaj’s bodyguard. In 2017, Shaji teamed up with Ashutosh Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan for one more time as they filmed
Mohenjo Daro. The movie is about the ancient town of Mohenjo-Daro (currently in Pakistan). Mohenjo Daro and Rustom released on 12 August 2016. But Mohenjo Daro could not impress the viewers as they complained about its length and inaccurate depiction of events in it. Shaji has worked in Kaabil and Wagah (Tamil language project).