Cyrus Sahukar is an MTV India VJ and Bollywood actor. He is known for his comic wit in shows like Semi Girebaal and other such satirical comedy shows, hosting and spoofs.
Cyrus Sahukar was born in the military headquarters of MHOW, Indore on 6 August 1980. His father, Colonel Behram Sahukar, is Parsi whereas his mother, Nimeran Sahukar, a writer, is a Punjabi. He has an elder sister, Preeti Philip, who is an artist. He did his schooling from St Columba's school, Delhi
Cyrus started doing theatre in school and acted in various school plays from the age of 6. He also used to sing in his school band, and by age 14, he was a part of ‘Literacy Mission Program,’ where the school students would perform plays and educational skits for the inmates of Tihar Jail. During the same period, he acted in a play which was a part of Barry John's Red Noses Club. The play was directed by Barry John and was called ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories,’ based on a novel by author Salman Rushdie.
At 15, he performed a musical show called ‘Thank you for the music,’ directed by Stephen Marazzi, which was his first professional endeavor as a singer. After that he joined Roshan Abbas and started doing radio voiceovers and jingles. His first jingle was for Harpic.
By the age of 16, he was hosting a radio show called ‘Radio Rampage’ in Delhi. Around the same time he worked on the production and acted in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Starlight Express’ and ‘Graffiti Postcards from School,’ both plays directed by Roshan Abbas. At the age of 18 he auditioned in a nationwide search for MTV India called ‘MTV VJ Hunt.’ He won this VJ Hunt along with Mini Mathur and Asif Seth. He joined MTV in the end of 1999 and moved from Delhi to Mumbai and became one of the youngest people working in MTV.
The following year in 2000, he fronted a show called ‘MTV Fully Faltoo.’ It went on to become one of the very first shows to spoof on everything-from movies, to ad films to TV Shows, prominent among them being – Sholay, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and the Indiana Jones Series. Around the same time, he started performing a spoof on Navjot Singh Sidhu as ‘Piddhu The Great’ and also hosted ‘Semi Girebaal,’ which was a spoof on the talk show, ‘Rendezvous with Semi Garewal.’ The spoof, Semi Girebaal, recorded higher rating than the original show. When MTV forayed into the Mocumentary arena, he started anchoring the show ‘Kickass Mornings’, wherein he played 25 different characters. He then also hosted two seasons of the game show ‘Hole in the wall,’ followed by ‘All stars,’ both for Pogo Channel.