Sidharth Shukla, actor and model- best known for his role in the TV show Balika Vadhu and winning the 13th edition of the reality TV show Bigg Boss, died this morning of a heart attack. Allegedly, he was not well last night when he took medicine and was rushed to Cooper Hospital, Mumbai in an unconscious state in the morning. The actor passed away at an early age of 40.
Sidharth Shukla’s sudden death has left the TV fraternity “shocked and sad”, with tributes pouring in from colleagues such as Sunil Grover, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Himanshi Khurana, Munmun Dutta and others. Sidharth Shukla’s family consists of his mother and two sisters.
Sidharth Shukla started out in showbiz as a model and made his acting debut with the 2008 TV show Babul Ka Aangann Chootey Na. Mr. Shukla also starred in several other shows such as Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi, Love You Zindagi, CID and Dil Se Dil Tak. His lead role on the show Balika Vadhu, in which he featured with late actress Pratyusha Banerjee, made him a star.
In addition to Bigg Boss 13, Sidharth Shukla also won Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 and competed on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6. Mr. Shukla was also part of Bigg Boss 14 as a “senior” for the first few weeks. He hosted the shows Savdhaan India and India’s Got Talent.
Sidharth Shukla featured in movies such as Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, in which he played a supporting role, and Business In Kazakhstan. Mr. Shukla’s last lead role was in the web-series Broken But Beautiful 3. In 2019, Shukla was the 9th most searched personality in India on Google.
Shukla attended St. Xavier’s High School, Fort, Mumbai and holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Rachana Sansad School of Interior Design.He played against Italian football club, AC Milan’s under-19 team, on their Mumbai visit as part of Festa Italiana.
He had recently announced his involvement in the forthcoming film Silsila SidNaaz Ka with model and actress Shehnaaz Gill.
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