Saurabh Sachdeva is an Indian actor, acting coach, and filmmaker. He has trained many famous Indian actors including Rana Daggubati, Dulquer Salmaan, Tripti Dimri, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Vaani Kapoor. He is popular for playing the role of ‘Suleiman Isa’ in the 2018 Netflix series ‘Sacred Games.’
Saurabh Sachdeva was born on Sunday, 24 September 1978 (age 45 years; as of 2023) in Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India. His zodiac sign is Libra. He attended Model Sr Secondary School Saket, Delhi. He began his acting training in 2001 at Barry John’s Imago Acting School (now Barry John Acting Studio).
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
He is unmarried.
Before venturing into acting, he handled a business of handicraft exporting.
Saurabh started his career as an acting coach in 2002 at Imago Acting School, Noida. He worked there for around a year and participated in several street plays. He joined Barry John Acting School in Mumbai as an acting coach in 2005 and worked there for eleven years. In 2017, Saurabh Sachdeva established an education and training institute named ‘The Actors Truth’ and the theatre group ‘Antarang’ in Mumbai.
Filmmaker & Writer
In 2016, he made his directorial debut with the Hindi short film ‘Gul,’ which was screened at the Kerala International Film Festival. He also debuted as a writer with this film.
In 2017, he made his acting debut as R. Negi, an inspector, with the Hindi thriller film ‘Maroon.’
He hit the spotlight after he played the role of an antagonist named Prajapati Pandey, a loan shark, in the 2022 Hindi thriller film ‘Vadh.’ In 2023, he appeared as Inder, a transgender, in the Hindi crime drama film ‘Haddi’ starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
In 2018, he played the role of Suleiman Isa in his debut web series titled ‘Sacred Games,’ which was released on Netflix.
In 2023, he appeared in a supporting role as Colonel Himmat Singh Maan in Disney+ Hotstar’s crime thriller web series titled ‘Kaala.’ In the same year, he played the role of Suleiman “Haji” Maqbool in Prime Video’s period crime thriller series ‘Bambai Meri Jaan.’
- Being dyslexic, it was difficult for Saurabh to read due to which he used to get bullied at school. He once revealed that when he was studying in 6th standard in school, he peed in his pants as he couldn’t form a simple sentence to seek permission from his teacher to go to the washroom. TEDx Talks
- In his leisure time, he likes to read books.
- In an interview, while talking about why he decided to become an actor, and how his acting journey started, he said,
My love for acting started in 2001, when nothing was working in my life. The woman I loved was leaving me so I wanted to be famous immediately. So I thought let’s be an actor. I started with modelling but didn’t like that because I was shy and didn’t enjoy walking on the ramp. I joined Barry John and I understood I wanted to express myself. I’m dyslexic and couldn’t express myself through words. From there my journey started, I did plays and there was no looking back. In 2017, I started teaching acting and got Sacred Games.” Mid-day
- In April 2019, he gave a TEDx speech about “Why have we stopped taking risks?”