Mukul Chadda is an Indian actor, writer, and cinematographer, who is best known for his comic roles and method acting skills. He has worked in many films, and the Indian version of the famous British comedy sitcom ‘The Office” proved as a breakthrough in his career in which he was cast in a lead role in 2019.
Mukul was born on Thursday, 1 January 1970 (age 52 years; as of 2022) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from IIM Ahmedabad. After completing his postgraduation, he began to work as a banker in New York City. While working in New York City, he started taking part-time classes at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute following which, he decided to try his hand at acting for a couple of years, so he resigned from his job and came to India, where he worked in some advertisement and acting projects. Soon, he realised that making a career in acting was not a bad idea. According to Mukul, New York City is like a home to him just like Mumbai. In an interview, he talked about both the cities and said,
It was easier than I thought. New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it felt like home for the six years I was there, what with its vibrancy and the many opportunities for people of all interests. But once I moved to Mumbai, I didn’t regret it for a moment. India is home and comfortable in ways one can’t always explain. So Mumbai with all its flaws still felt like home. It’s a hard transition—to move geographies and careers at once. Fortunately, not having doubts helped focus one’s attention on how best to adapt to the change,” said the actor. The New Indian Express
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Mukul Chadda is born and brought up in a Hindu family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Wife & Children
In 2010, Mukul got married to Rasika Dugal, who is an actress. She is also known for her outstanding and polished acting skills. In an interview, he talked about his wife and her acting skills. He said,
I am proud of Rasika’s success because she is a real talent. I know how talented she is as an actress and that is why every chance she has got based on merit, we see that on screen. I really am very proud of Rasika.” Koimoi
Mukul and his wife, Rasika, were in a relationship for 3 years before they got married to each other in 2010.
Films and Short films
In 2012, Mukul debuted in the movie ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ by playing a supporting character. He went on to work in several other movies like ‘I, Me Aur Main,’ ‘Satyagraha,’ ‘Shuruaat Ka Interval,’ ‘Island City,’ and ‘Gurgaon.’ He received critical acclaim for his performance as Pawan in the Bollywood film ‘Sherni.’ He made his short film debut with ‘Ek Bahut Choti Si Love Story,’ and later, he appeared in many more short films including ‘Butnama,’ ‘Best Friends Forever,’ ‘Pressure Cooker,’ and ‘Banana Bread.’ In ‘Banana Bread,’ he appeared alongside his wife, Rasika.
In 2018, Mukul made his digital debut with Zee5’s Zero KMS in which he played the role of Shyam. Later, he appeared in the web series ‘The Insiders,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘Bicchoo Ka Khel,’ and ‘Sunflower.’
In an interview, he talked about his experience and opinion about OTT. He said,
I think it (the OTT space) is one of the interesting spaces where the audience and storytellers are growing together. The habit of consuming more experimental content is giving show makers the courage to tell stories and take risks. For us actors, such things are giving an opportunity to grow as creative beings.” Koimoi
Hindi Remake of ‘The Office’: A Good Idea?
When the news about the Indian version of the popular British sitcom ‘The Office’ came up, it caused an uproar among the people who had already watched the original and its American version as they were sceptical that whether the Indian version of the show would justify the original or not. In an interview, Mukul talked about this and said,
I get the apprehension, but I’m not daunted by it. I care what people say about the show once they see it. I can’t wait for the show to be out and for people to see it with an open mind. A friend of mine told me she took five years to forgive Steve Carell for what he did to the character of David Brent in UK’s The Office. So I do get the fandom. I’ve been a fan of shows as well and I know that feeling. But we have adapted the show very well here. They were very clear that they wanted an official adaptation of The Office, retaining that comedic style. I do believe that if something is well made, it will work. So I hope for the best.”
- In 2020, SPOTT Award for Best Actor for ‘The Office’
- In 2020, E4M Streaming Media Award for Best Actor in a comic role – Male for ‘The Office’
- Sport: Cricket
- Actor: Amitabh Bachchan
- Actress: Rekha
- Game: Chess
- Colour(s): White, Blue, Black, Grey
- Destination(s): London, Goa, Paris
- Hobbies: Cooking, Travelling, Reading
- Before venturing into acting, Mukul worked as an investment banker in the United States. In an interview, he talked about switching his career from a banker to an actor. He said,
I never doubted quitting investment banking or moving back to India from New York. I never questioned it, which was helpful, because any second-guessing might have made it harder to plough forward.”
- Mukul is a typical foodie and loves to cook new cuisines and try out different dishes. He tastes the local food wherever he goes, be it any country or city.