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Anjan Srivastav
Born June 2, 1948 (1948-06-02) (age 61) [1]
Occupation actor
Years active 1976-present

Anjan Srivatsav (also Anjan Shrivatsava) (born 2 June 1948) is an Indian film, television and stage actor, associated with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) in Mumbai of which he remained Vice-President for several years. Outside theatre, he is best known for his supporting role in Marathi and Hindi film, and television, where he made mark as the quintessential "common man" is TV series like, TV series, Wagle Ki Duniya (Wagle's World) (1988-90), where he played the lead role, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Nukkad.[2][3][4].


Early life

Born and brought up in Calcutta, into a family from Uttar Pradesh and his father was a respected banker with Allahabad Bank. Anjan did his B.Com. and LLB from Calcutta University, it was here that he started taking part in theatre in 1968, and did plays for All India Radio. Soon he acted with noted groups on the city like Kala Bhavan, Sangeet Kala Mandir and Adakar and acted appeared in a few Bengali films.[3]


As per his fathers wishes he joined the Allahabad Bank, and continued acting in plays on the side. It was only after the death on his sister in 1976 that his father relented and allowed him get transferred to Bombay (now Mumbai) to pursue his acting career further.

Upon arrival he immediately joined he joined Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) and worked in its several productions, and remained with it ever since and went on to become its Vice-President. He also work with Prithvi Theatre in the city.

Theatre led to film roles like in Kundan Shah's Saza-E-Maut, Hrishikesh Mukherjee's comedy classic, Gol Maal (1979) and JP Dutta's Ghulami (1985). Now he moved in Television with Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and went on act in notable TV series like Manoranjan, 'Tamas' by Govind Nihlani, Nukkad and Katha Sagar, finally in 1987, he received the lead in comedy series, Wagle Ki Duniya based on R.K. Laxman's common man, which brought him his place in the limelight [4][5].

He often plays skeptical bureaucratic roles and sometimes the conventional narrow minded father character. He has acted in over 100 Hindi films including as Shah Rukh Khan's father in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, The Hockey Chief in Chak De! India, and in other films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and No Entry. In 2005, he played the lead in M.S. Sathyu's production, Raat written by Javed Siddiqui and based on Ariel Dorfman's acclaimed play Death and the Maiden [6].

All through his acting career, he remained a bank employee from where he later retired in 2001.[3]

Personal life

Anjan Srivastav is married, and a father of 17-year-old twins, a boy and a girl and a seven-year-old daughter.


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