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Cyrus Broacha Biography

About Cyrus Broacha

Cyrus Broacha (born August 7, 1971) is a MTV India VJ. He is famous as a stand-up comedian and prankster, best known for his show Bakra on MTV.

Broacha was born to a Parsi father and Catholic mother. He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai and graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

He started acting at the age of 5, with a school play The Emperor's New Clothes. The play was a hit. Every year he performed and wrote for the school magazine, winning prizes for English and Drama.

At 12 years, he acted in his first Hindi film Jalwa with Pankaj Parashar and starred alongside Naseeruddin Shah. The next year, he did his first professional play Brighton Beach Memoirs under the baton of Pearl Padamsee. The press hailed him as a child prodigy, and his career in acting took off from there. He continued acting in several more plays, as theatre became his passion. He also came into limelight during his college St Xavier's Malhar festival. While he was still in college, FM radio took off in India, and he gained quite a reputation for himself as a radio jockey.

After he graduated, Cyrus went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York where he studied acting for theatre. After coming back to India, he acted in many commercials, television serials and plays. He also hosted shows and corporate events, while pursuing his passion of theatre with over 20 commercial theater productions.

His popularity had MTV seeking him out and offering an opportunity to bring his brand of humour and fun to the small screen. Starting with a campus show "MTV-U" he gainednational recognition and MTV Bakra consolidated that. As anchor with MTV, his reputation grew as he became MTV's main face. He has till date interviewed almost everyone in the Hindi Film Industry from Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan. His candid-camera show "MTV Bakra" on MTV India became very popular.

Broacha is MTV International's ambassador for AIDS Awareness. He has moderated The Youth Conferences with UNAIDS in Hanover and Barcelona. His involvement with MTV and UNAIDS had him interviewing international greats like Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Colin Powell.

He has hosted many cricket shows including the popular Chevrolet Cricket Show on Ten Sports, and interviewed nearly every cricketer from every generation.

Cyrus Broacha also anchors a news satire and comedy show, The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, co-written and directed by friend Kunal Vijayakar. The show has been running for over a year.

He led India's Rock the Vote campaign and represented MTV at the UNAIDS conference in Hanover, Germany. He moderated the Indian segment of "Be Heard - A Global Discussion With Colin Powell" in February 2002.

Cyrus also appears on Sony Entertainment Television's hit show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa - India's "Dancing with the Stars". He is also a columnist and still writes for two leading national papers and two magazines.

Cyrus Broacha hosted a show called 'Greenathon' on NDTV. Most recently, he has acted in the Hindi movie 99.

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