For almost about two decades, Cyrus Sahukar has carved his niche as the man who will laugh at anything and anybody, at times at his own peril. From his classic portrayal of ‘Semi Girebaal’ from the Rendezvous series to hosting the Desi Variety Show, Cyrus has witnessed the growth of India’s comedy scene.
Easily one of the most recognizable faces on TV, he’s been one of India’s first batch of comedians and if its comedy – he’s been there and done that. Sketches, spoofs, mimicry, compèring, acting, VJ-ing, to now doing an ace job at stand-up, this multi-faceted Bawa boy continues to win hearts with his witty take on satirical comedy.
Let’s take a walk down comedy-lane and trace Cyrus’ journey through the years, shall we?
The Master Of Gags
Originally hailing from Delhi, Sahukar had always been inclined toward acting from the young age of 6. From starting off by singing in his school band to performing skits at 14 for the inmates of Tihar Jail, he surely had a passion to perform right since childhood. After moving to Mumbai in 1999 after receiving a big break from MTV, Cyrus finally became the VJ we all came to know and adore. As one of the youngest people in the MTV crew, he fronted MTV Fully Faltoo (MTV’s take on Saturday Night Live) which spoofed popular movies, TV shows and ads introduced us to gems like Bechaare Zameen Par.
Rendezvous With Semi Sahukar
While still riding on the wave of a successful anchoring job, Cyrus started portraying Pidhu The Great, a character based on the flamboyant Navjot Singh Siddhu alongside with the evergreen Semi Girebaal. Dressed in white satin slacks and a frilly white blouse, a string of pearls around his neck, huge diamond rings, snazzy earrings, embroidered shoes (yes, we wish we were making this up) and make-up, Cyrus played this hugely popular character with ease. ‘’Welcome dah-lings” he would say and have us grinning from ear-to-ear. While batting his well-mascaraed eyelashes, Sahukar would pout, look longingly, and lock his well-manicured fingers with ‘celebrities’ like Kannu Malik, Funmohan Sing and George Tush (do the math, please). Spoofs were surely the flavour of the season back then and Cyrus was the Queen… um, King of them all.
Cyrus ventured into the glitz and glamour of Bollywood by playing himself in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Om Jai Jagdish, and went on to star in his bigger productions later on. He played a struggling radio jockey in the brilliant Rang De Basanti and the sleazy photographer Suresh alongside Sonam Kapoor in Delhi-6. He later went on to star in Aisha with her, where he played the role of a wealthy West Delhi boy amongst a range of shining young stars. Though his filmography contains a menagerie of characters, both on TV as well as film, Cyrus’ ultimate ambition will always be to play a psychotic villain like Mogambo or The Joker!
Will The Real Cyrus Sahukar Please Stand Up?
Always bearing a fascination for theatre, Cyrus did a tour for a play called Trivial Disasters in 2014. The play comprises eight short acts in which characters find themselves in absurd everyday situations and take even more absurd decisions. Once during a performance in Delhi, there was a blank when his wire snapped right in the middle of his performance. That’s when he started to improvise and the audience went with it for an extra 20 minutes. Maybe this was when he first decided to give his passion for the nerve-wracking yet thrilling act of Improv a try. And there’s been no looking back ever since for Cyrus.
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