Sidharth Shukla was an Indian actor, host and model who appeared in Hindi television and films.
Shukla was born on 12 December 1980 into a Hindu family in Bombay to Ashok Shukla, a civil engineer employed at the Reserve Bank of India and Rita Shukla, a homemaker. He lost his father because of a lung disorder during his modelling days. He has two elder sisters. Siddharth attended St. Xavier’s High School, Fort, Mumbai and holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Rachana Sansad School of Interior Design.
In 2005, he represented India at the World’s Best Model contest held in Turkey, and became the first Indian, as well as the first Asian, to win the title beating 40 contestants from across Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
From 2008 to 2011, he made his acting debut with a lead role in the television show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na on Sony TV. He appeared as Veer Vardhan Singh in Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi on Star One opposite Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aditi Tailang. After that, he appeared as Rahul Kashyap in Love U Zindagi opposite Pavitra Punia on StarPlus. The show was inspired by the Bollywood movie Jab We Met. He also appeared in an episode of CID.
In 2012, Shukla appeared as District Collector Shivraj Shekhar, opposite Pratyusha Banerjee and Toral Rasputra in Balika Vadhu.
In 2013, Shukla participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, and was eliminated in the 11th week. It was reported that Shukla had signed a 3-film-deal with Dharma Productions.
In 2014, Shukla made his Bollywood debut in the romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania in a supporting role playing the character of Angad Bedi, an NRI doctor and fiancé of the female protagonist played by Alia Bhatt.
In 2014, Siddharth was named the host of Savdhaan India. He introduced stories of common people who fought against crime.
In 2015, after exiting from Balika Vadhu, he hosted India’s Got Talent 6, with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in June 2015.
In 2016, Siddharth Shukla won the stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. The same year, he hosted India’s Got Talent 7 with Bharti Singh, and the season finale was aired in July 2016.
In 2017, he appeared as Parth Bhanushali in Dil Se Dil Tak with co-stars Rashami Desai and Jasmin Bhasin. The series was inspired by the Bollywood movie, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.
In 2019, he participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13, and was declared the winner in February 2020.
In 2020, after winning Bigg Boss 13, Shukla’s massive popularity helped him bag appearances in two music videos, “Bhula Dunga”, and “Dil Ko Karaar Aaya”.
In January 2021, Shukla hosted 16th week’s “Weekend Ka Vaar” of Bigg Boss 14, as Shukla was filling in for Salman Khan, who was missing from the show due to other work commitments.
Siddharth Shukla died of a heart attack in the morning of 2 September 2021. He was taken to Cooper Hospital where he was declared dead by hospital officials.