• Radio Jockey
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 90 kg
in pounds- 198 lbs
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Debut||Film: Jalwa (1987) as 'Jyothi’s younger brother'
Theatre: Brighton Beach Memoirs (1988)
TV: Hello Friends (1999) on Zee TV as Cyrus
Author: ‘Karl, Aaj aur Kal' (2010)
Podcaster: Cyrus Says (2015)
|Awards||• Best News Anchor – News/Current Affairs show for the TV show ‘The Week That Wasn’t’ at the Indian Television Academy Awards (2007)
• Best Actor – Comedy for the TV show ‘The Week That Wasn’t’ at the Indian Television Academy Awards (2008, 2009, 2011)
• Popular Comedy-Creators Award at the Indian Television Academy Awards (2015)
• Best Show Host Award at the Indian Audio Summit and Awards (2023)
|Date of Birth||7 August 1971 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||52 Years|
|College/University||• St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
• Government Law College, Mumbai, India
• Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York
|Educational Qualification||• Graduate in Political Science
• Degree in Law (incomplete) Rediff
|Religion||Zoroastrianism Business Insider|
In 2013, Cyrus Broacha faced a defamation case filed against him by the Tamil Nadu government. The case was related to his comments on the letter written by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, to the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. In the letter, she requested that Sri Lankan players be restricted from participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL). These comments were made by Cyrus Broacha on the TV show 'The Week That Wasn't,' which aired on CNN News18. The Hindu
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||Year, 2001|
|Wife/Spouse||Ayesha Broacha (photographer, artist, and illustrator)
|Children||Son- Mikhail Broacha
Daughter- Maya Broacha
|Parents||Father- Farokh Broacha (lawyer)
Mother- Olivia Broacha
|Siblings||He has an elder sister named Giselle.|
|Actor(s)||Boman Irani, Ranveer Singh, Amitabh Bachchan|
|Cricketer(s)||Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev|
|Food||Pathia, Lagan Nu Custard, Kachcha Kairi, Pizza, Chicken Curry, Fish Curry|
|Colour(s)||Grey, Royal Blue, White|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Cyrus Broacha
- Cyrus Broacha is an Indian anchor, theatre personality, comedian, and author. He is renowned for his comedy podcast called ‘Cyrus Says’ and his television show ‘MTV Bakra.’
- During his school days, Cyrus Broacha actively participated in theatrical productions and contributed to the school’s magazine. He had won many prizes in English and drama competitions.
- He started acting at the age of 5 with a school play- ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes.’
- After returning from New York to India, Cyrus Broacha ventured into acting, appearing in numerous advertisements, TV shows, and plays. When asked in an interview about his nature as a child, he revealed that he was not a quiet kid. He said,
Not really, in fact, not at all. That was my one problem. I was completely not quiet. I remember my first report card. My father took it out the other day when some relatives had come from abroad. They were going through the album. Suddenly you see what you were like after all these years. There was a third or fourth standard report card, which had a remark: ‘He has potential to score more marks but as usual is always talking’. This was the principal’s exact remark. I was very proud of it. Ha! Ha! That day they were making fun of me; today I am making money because I am talking.”
- Cyrus Broacha comes from a middle-class family in Bharuch, Gujarat. Rediff His father is Parsi, and his mother is Catholic. His ancestors migrated from Rawalpindi to India following the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Daily Times
- During his college years, Cyrus Broacha grabbed the spotlight by participating in the Malhar festival of his college. It was during this time that he gained recognition as a radio jockey, coinciding with the peak popularity of FM radio in India.
- In 1987, he debuted in the Indian film industry at the age of 12 with the Naseeruddin Shah starrer film ‘Jalwa,’ as Archana Puran Singh‘s younger brother.
- He used to perform in school dramas and also used to write for the school magazine.
- In 1988, he did his first professional play ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ under the baton of Pearl Padamsee, which earned him the title of Child Prodigy by the press.
- After gaining popularity as a host, Cyrus Broacha got the opportunity to work with MTV as an anchor. As he continued to host various shows and events, his reputation grew rapidly, making him the prominent face of MTV. His engaging personality and entertaining style made him a favourite among viewers, solidifying his position as a leading host in the industry. During an interview, Cyrus Broacha shared his experience of clearing the audition for MTV’s video jockey (VJ). he said,
I auditioned actually in a very strange way because TV18 was pitching to make software for MTV. There was this show called MTV-U. But amongst us aspiring VJ’s they had a competition. The only reason I think I got it was because I was so scared. I’m not a guy who has climbed mountains. But we had to rappel on a seven-storied building in YMCA, Byculla, and climb down. At the point at which you had to go over the terrace, you are actually on the verge of a free fall. I thought this is not worth it. Forget TV shows, I would do my bad plays and make money. It was really a funny moment because I was grabbing my abdomen and saying, ‘Boss, I want to come down’. People were having great fun but actually, my pants were wet inside. The worst part was that when I came down, the cameraman tells me, ‘I didn’t get the shot, can we do it again?”
- In 1999, Cyrus Broacha began to host the well-known TV show ‘MTV Bakra.’ The show revolved around playing funny pranks and practical jokes on unsuspecting civilians and celebrities. Hidden cameras were used to capture their reactions, which added to the humour and entertainment of the show.
- In 2006, Cyrus Broacha started hosting the popular satirical late-night TV program ‘The Week That Wasn’t’ (TWTW) on CNN-News18. The show offered a humorous take on the week’s news and events, providing a unique and entertaining perspective on current affairs. He has interviewed many Bollywood superstars including Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan on TWTW.
- He is a cricket enthusiast and has hosted several cricket shows, notably the renowned “Chevrolet Cricket Show” on Ten Sports. He has interviewed numerous cricketers spanning different generations. Each year, he takes on the role of host for NDTV’s “Greenathon” show. Furthermore, he serves as both a host and editor for the popular cricket analysis series called ESPNcricinfo Runorder. This bi-weekly show features esteemed former cricketers like Ajit Agarkar, Tait, and Hogg, providing expert insights and analysis.
- In 2007, he participated as a contestant in season 2 of Sony TV’s dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.’
- In 2009, he appeared as a small-time crook in Mumbai named Zaramud, who used to duplicate mobile phone sim cards in the Hindi crime comedy film ’99. In the same year, he played the role of an innocent and dull-witted guy named Jolly Maker in the Bollywood comedy ‘Fruit and Nut.’
- In 2010, he appeared as a contestant on Colours TV’s action reality TV show ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 3’ hosted by Priyanka Chopra.
- He has also done the voiceover for the character- Angada in the cartoon film Ramayana.
- In January 2010, he released his book ‘Karl, Aaj Aur Kal’, a semi-autobiographical comedy about celebrities.
- In 2011, he released his second book which was titled ‘The Average Indian Male.’ He has written many books including ‘Netagiri’ (2014), ’23 and 1/2 Ways to Make a Girl Fall for You’ (2016), and 231/2 Ways to Make a Girl Fall for You (2019).
- In 2015, Cyrus Broacha ventured into podcasting and launched the popular comedy podcast called ‘Cyrus Says.’ Through this podcast, he engages in lively interviews and conversations with famous personalities and celebrities, including actors, sportspersons, and artists. In an interview, Cyrus Broacha shared his journey of starting ‘Cyrus Says’ and how the podcast came to be, he said,
From working in radio and television to hosting Bollywood birthday parties dressed as a dinosaur, I’ve done it all. Some of that stuff I can’t even share with my children. As an entertainer, you do whatever you can to survive. Podcasts happened when I met Amit Doshi (Founder, IVM) at a Starbucks cafe. He told me, in a thick American accent, that I would be perfect for podcasts. At the time I had no clue about the medium but pretended like I did.”
- In 2015, he appeared as a talk show host in the Hindi romantic drama film ‘Roy’ in which Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez were cast in lead roles.
- In 2016, he led India’s ‘Rock the Vote’ campaign and represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference in Hanover, Germany.
- He gave a TEDx speech in 2016 and 2019.
- He once represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference held in Hanover, Germany.
- He has also been featured in many TV commercials and advertisements for many well-known brands including Dell, Pepsi, and Unacademy.
- He is passionate about fitness and regularly works out at the gym; however, he does not follow a strict diet. In an interview, he talked about his diet and said,
My diet is more in than out. I just keep eating. I take 18-20 eggs and three protein shakes a day. I have given up alcohol; I was a heavy drinker till 2015. I try different diets but I can’t sacrifice the taste of food. I don’t have a cheat day, but I can’t resist potato chips and those rangeen drinks that kids have. I have a six-year-old’s palate. I can resist cake and all, but I love Shrikhand – any malai-based stuff.”
- According to him, he can bench press 380 pounds without a spot.
- He owns two pet dogs named Mary and Peter.
- In February 2002, he served as the moderator for the Indian segment of ‘Be Heard – A Global Discussion With Colin Powell.’
- In an interview, he shared that he sweats a lot and has never worn a sweater.
- He looks up to actor Naseeruddin Shah as his role model and considers Dave Barry, an American author, Woody Allen, an American filmmaker, and Ricky Gervais, an English comedian, as his role model.
- In 2023, he appeared as a participant in Bigg Boss OTT season 2.