Neeraj Kabi is an Indian film and theatre actor. He is also a theatre director and acting coach. He founded the Indian theatre group, ‘Pravah’ in 1996.
Neeraj Kabi was born on Tuesday, 12 March 1968 (age 52 years; as in 2020), in Jamshedpur, Bihar. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He did his schooling from Loyola School, Jamshedpur. Later, he did a diploma in computer science from Symbiosis College, Pune. Mans World
Height (approx.): 6’
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Family & Caste
He was born in a Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Tushar Kabi, and his mother’s name is Zarin Kabi. He has one brother, Partha Kabi.
Relationships, Wife & Children
He is married to the fashion designer, Deepali Kosta, and the couple is blessed with a daughter, Saptakshi Kabi.
He started his career as a theatre artist and has performed in various theatre plays, like ‘Macbeth’ (1998), ‘The Game of Love and Chance’ (2001), ‘Lady with Lapdog’ (2003), ‘Gates to India Song’ (2013), and ‘The Father’ (2017). He made his Bollywood debut in the 1997 National Award-winning film, ‘SheshaDrushti (The Last Vision).’ He has acted in various other Hindi films, like ‘Talvar’ (2015), ‘Hichki’ (2018), and ‘Line of Descent’ (2019).
In 2014, he appeared in the Rajya Sabha TV series, “Samvidhaan: The Making of the Constitution of India (2014);” in which he portrayed the role of Mahatma Gandhi. He has appeared in many English films, like ‘Gandhi of the Month’ (2014), ‘Viceroy’s House’ (2016), ‘The Hungry’ (2017), and ‘The Field’ (2018). He has also acted in various popular Hindi web series, including ‘Sacred Games’ (2018), ‘The Final Call’ (2019), ‘Taj Mahal’ (2019), and ‘Paatal Lok’ (2020).
Awards & Honours
- 2013: Best Actor for Cinematic Excellence at the 4th Jagran Film Festival
- 2014: Best Actor at the 4th Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia for Ship of Theseus
- 2015: Newsmakers Achievers’ Award for Best Actor for his contribution to the Indian theatre and cinema
Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
- He applied for the National School of Drama in 1990 but got rejected.
- In an interview, he shared the story of his struggling days in the film industry, he said
Just nothing worked. Nobody called me. It went on and on, endlessly, relentlessly… I’ve [taken up jobs such as] production work, AD, spot boy, all kinds of things. I was the junior copywriter in certain ad agencies. I used to sell books from door to door for many, many years. I gave tuitions, home to home, all over the city. All kinds of tuitions: elocution, speech, mathematics, English. And that’s where I learned a very important thing in my life: humility. My ego got crushed because I was pulped to the ground by everything that was happening to me. You never [imagine] that doors would be slammed on your face, you will be abused, you will be pushed, you will be kicked, so many things will happen to you. And, not for one year, two years, but for ten, 15, 18 long years. That’s where the survival issue came in, and I started to teach [acting]. Because when you get so abused all the time, you lose faith in yourself. And, you think, ‘If you don’t get out now, you’ll fall sick.’ Because you can’t take it every single day of your life.”
- He often organizes theatre workshops for various actors, schools, colleges, and corporates.
- He is trained in various dance forms and martial arts.
- His hobbies include singing, dancing, doing yoga, and travelling.