Sidharth Shukla (12 December 1980 – 2 September 2021) was an Indian actor, host, and model who appeared in Hindi television and films. He was known for his roles in Broken But Beautiful 3, Balika Vadhu, and Dil Se Dil Tak. He emerged as the winner of reality shows Bigg Boss 13 and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. He hosted Savdhaan India and India’s Got Talent. He won the World’s Best Model title in December 2005 beating 40 other participants from across Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He made his acting debut with a lead role in the 2008 show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na. In 2014, Shukla made his Bollywood debut in a supporting role in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
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2008–2011: Television debut
In 2008, he made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na on Sony TV opposite Aastha Chaudhary. Shukla played Shubh Ranawat, a man dedicated to his work and family. The show ended in February 2009.
In 2009, he appeared as Veer Vardhan Singh in Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi on Star One opposite Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aditi Tailang. The show ended in September 2010. After Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi ended, he also appeared in a few episodes of Aahat.
In 2011, he appeared as Rahul Kashyap in Love U Zindagi opposite Pavitra Punia on StarPlus. The show was inspired by the Bollywood movie Jab We Met. He also appeared in an episode of CID.
2012–2014: Breakthrough with Balika Vadhu and Bollywood debut
In 2012, Shukla appeared as District Collector Shivraj Shekhar, opposite Pratyusha Banerjee and Toral Rasputra in Balika Vadhu. It was his portrayal of Shiv in the long-running Colors TV social drama series Balika Vadhu which earned him widespread recognition and popularity, including several awards and nominations. He received the “GR8! Performer of the Year (Male)” award at the Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards. He left the show in 2015, when his character, Shiv, died fighting with terrorists.
In 2013, Shukla participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, and was eliminated in the 11th week. It was reported that Shukla had signed a 3-film-deal with Dharma Productions.
2014–2018: Television hosting, Khatron Ke Khiladi and Dil Se Dil Tak
In 2014, Shukla was named the host of Savdhaan India. He introduced stories of common people who fought against crime.
In 2015, after exiting from Balika Vadhu, he hosted India’s Got Talent 6, with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in June 2015.
In 2016, Shukla won the stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. The same year, he hosted India’s Got Talent 7 with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in July 2016. Later in 2016, Shukla appeared as Mr. Chakraborty, an Indian businessman, in a Kazakhstan movie, Business in Kazakhstan.
In 2017, he appeared as Parth Bhanushali in Dil Se Dil Tak with co-stars Rashami Desai and Jasmin Bhasin. The series was inspired by the Bollywood movie, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. He left the series in December 2017.
2019–2021: Bigg Boss 13 and Broken But Beautiful 3
In 2019, he participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13 and was declared the winner in February 2020. Ormax Media rated Shukla to be the most popular contestant of Bigg Boss 13, ranking him as number one throughout 20 weeks. He was voted the most favorite contestant of Bigg Boss 13 in polls conducted by Hindustan Times, India TV News, and The Times of India. He was the most tweeted contestant of Bigg Boss 13. Shukla won the Bigg Boss #AsliFans (Asli Fans) contest on Twitter conducted by Voot by getting the highest number of tweets among all the contestants, with hashtag #SidharthKeAsliFans.
In 2020, after winning Bigg Boss 13, Shukla’s massive popularity helped him bag appearances in two music videos, “Bhula Dunga“,and “Dil Ko Karaar Aaya”. The same year, Shukla entered as one of the “Toofani” Seniors in Bigg Boss 14, with Hina Khan and Gauahar Khan, for the first two weeks. Ormax Media rated Shukla to be the most popular housemate of Bigg Boss 14 till he was inside the Bigg Boss 14 house as a senior. Shukla then appeared in another music video “Shona Shona”.
In January 2021, Shukla hosted the 16th week’s “Weekend Ka Vaar” of Bigg Boss 14, as Shukla was filling in for Salman Khan, who was missing from the show due to other work commitments. Shukla made his OTT debut as Agastya Rao with the third season of the romance web series Broken But Beautiful opposite Sonia Rathee streaming on ALTBalaji & MX Player. The series and Shukla’s performance received positive responses from critics, Mugdha Kapoor of DNA India wrote, “It’s the fire and genuineness in Sidharth’s acting and freshness in Sonia’s performance that keeps the viewers glued and wanting to see more.”
|2014||Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania||Angad Bedi|
|2016||Business In Kazakhstan||Mr. Chakraborty||Kazakh Film|
|2021||Broken But Beautiful 3||Agastya Rao||ALTBalaji & MX Player|
|2008–2009||Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na||Shubh Ranawat|
|2009–2010||Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi||Veer Vardhan Singh|
|2011||Love U Zindagi||Rahul Kashyap|
|2012–2015||Balika Vadhu||Shivraj Shekhar|
|2013||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6||Contestant||Eliminated, Week 11|
|2015||India’s Got Talent 6||Host|
|2016||Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7||Contestant||Winner|
|India’s Got Talent 7||Host|
|2017||Dil Se Dil Tak||Parth Bhanushali|
|2019–2020||Bigg Boss 13||Contestant||Winner|
|2020||Bigg Boss 14||Senior||For First Two Weeks|
|2021||Host||For 16th Week|
|2008||Ek Packet Umeed||Guest|
|2009||Love Ne Mila Di Jodi||Guest (as Veer)|
|Miley Jab Hum Tum|
|2010||Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi|
|Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani|
|Rang Badalti Odhani|
|2011||Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai||Guest (as Rahul)|
|Saath Nibhaana Saathiya|
|2012||Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon||Guest (as Shiv)|
|Parichay — Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka|
|2013||Sasural Simar Ka|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7||To Promote Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania|
|Comedy Nights with Kapil|
|2015||Comedy Classes||Dance performance|
|Bigg Boss 9||To Perform On New Year Eve Special|
|2016||To Promote Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7|
|2017||Bigg Boss 10||To Promote Dil Se Dil Tak|
|Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki||Guest (as Parth)|
|Ek Shringaar Swabhiman|
|2019||Kitchen Champion 5|
|Dance Deewane 2|
|2020||Mujhse Shaadi Karoge|
|2021||Namak Issk Ka||For Holi-Special Performance|
|Dance Deewane 3||To Promote Broken But Beautiful 3|
|Bigg Boss OTT||Guest|
|Dance Deewane 3|||
|2004||“Resham Ka Rumal”||Ila Arun|
|2020||“Bhula Dunga“||Darshan Raval|
|“Dil Ko Karaar Aaya”||Yasser Desai & Neha Kakkar|
|“Shona Shona”||Tony Kakkar & Neha Kakkar|
Sidharth Shukla Dies at 40 LIVE Updates: Popular actor and Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla passed away after suffering a massive heart attack in Mumbai’s Cooper Hospital on Thursday, September 2.