Born in Mumbai on December 12, 1980, Sidharth Shukla's family hails from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, but the actor is a complete Mumbaite. He did his schooling from St. Xavier's High School, Fort and later completed his degree in Interior Design from Mumbai's popular art school Rachana Sansad School. (All photos/Sidharth Shukla's official Instagram account)
In 2008, Sidharth Shukla made his acting debut with Television show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na, alongside Aastha Chaudhry. He played the role of Shubh Ranawat in the daily soap.
In 2009, Sidharth Shukla starred in Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi, where he played the lead character of Veer Vardhan Singh.
However, Sidharth Shukla gained popularity for his portrayal of Shivraj Shekhar of Balika Vadhu in 2013. "I am really grateful to 'Balika Vadhu' for the recognition I have got because of it. People know me and like me because of it. 'Balika Vadhu' is the best thing to have happened to me," Siddharth said in an interview.
Siddharth Shukla later participated in the popular dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 6 and also anchored India's Got Talent 7.
"Reality shows make you more bold and you learn new skills like dancing, anchoring. It has been a fulfilling experience for me," Siddharth told PTI in an interview.
Siddharth Shukla has been on television for quite some time and he thinks the medium has grown over time. "Television is growing. It is a huge market for great content. We have big actors coming on television, doing shows here, as there is potential in television to reach a wider audience," he added.
In the meanwhile, in 2014, Sidharth Shukla made his Bollywood debut with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. He played the character of an NRI named Angad, who is set to marry the film's lead actress Alia Bhatt. Sidharth received accolades for his brief yet impactful screen presence in the film.
Sidharth Shukla, who has now entered Bigg Boss - Season 13, is not new to the reality show world. He appeared in reality shows such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 (contestant), Comedy Nights with Kapil (guest), Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 (guest), Savdhaan India (host), India's Got Talent 6 (guest contestant), Bigg Boss 9 (guest), Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 (contestant and winner of the season), India's Got Talent 7 (host along with Bharti Singh) and Dance Deewane 2 (guest).
Sidharth Shukla is looking forward to taking part in a lot of tasks and hopes to win Bigg Boss 13, because he usually plays to be victorious.
Participating in Bigg Boss 13 is nothing but a challenge for him as Sidharth Shukla confessed that he has been a pampered boy, the youngest in the family with two elder sisters.
Sidharth Shukla has had always someone around him, usually his mother, to take care of everything for him. This is going to be quite a challenge for Shukla, to do everything on his own.
Here's wishing all the very best to Sidharth Shukla for Bigg Boss 13!
Balika Vadhu fame Sidharth Shukla is one of the celebrities who entered the Bigg Boss 13 house. Here's a look at the journey of this Television star through some candid photos
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