The opening ceremony of Bollywood’s ace casting director Mukesh Chhabra was a grand affair with top filmmakers and film stars gracing the occasion. Bollywood’s hottest new actor Vicky Kaushal and the gorgeous Kriti Sanon cut the ribbon and did the lighting of the lamp. One of Bollywood’s biggest producers Sajid Nadiadwala with whom Chhabra scored a hat-trick of super-hit films in 2019 – Super 30, Chhichhore, Housefull 4 – also came for the big day of Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company (MCCC). The team of 83 including Vishnu Vardhan Induri and director Kabir Khan posed with the backdrop of the painting of Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev.
Other celebrities included actors Vineet Kumar Singh, Yami Gautam, Nushrat Bharucha, Nupur Sanon, Maniesh Paul, and Sunil Grover. Filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwary, Colin D’cunha, Sajid Ali, Shailesh Singh and entrepreneur Rohini Iyer also arrived for the big day of MCCC. Singers Jasbir Jassi, Jassie Gill, and Jonita Gandhi were sporting enough to join the live band and sang some popular numbers and were joined by team MCCC.
The new office of MCCC is in Aram Nagar in Andheri – from where Mukesh Chhabra started his career almost a decade ago and now has over 200 films to his credit. Chhabra has become an integral part of film’s success as his correct casting has produced some of the biggest hits in recent times, Dangal, PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Chennai Express, and Sanju to name a few. 2019 saw a big year for Mukesh and his casting company as they did casting for some of the biggest blockbuster films of the year like Chhichhore, Kabir Singh, Super 30, Housefull 4, Bharat, and Made In China.
Mukesh with his team have moved into a plush new office which is not just a casting company’s office but a creative hub. Even before you enter the office, you can’t help but take notice of the premises. The compound walls have paintings done by Deewar group of all the major films Mukesh has done casting for. Wall paintings of Gangs of Wasseypur, Dangal, PK, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Singh, The Family Man grace the premises. You can also notice the paintings of Mukesh’ upcoming works 83 and Laal Singh Chaddha.
The white walls of the office feature movie posters of all the films Mukesh have done casting for, and of course, you cannot miss the quotable quotes of Casting Chhabra. The new abode of MCCC has a cafeteria that gives you a Prithvi theatre feel once you walk in. Once you spend some time in the café, your creative juices are bound to flow and this is precisely why Mukesh has personally supervised the look and feel of the cafeteria. The ambience of the office is lively and the energy is always positive as Mukesh and his passionate team works relentlessly to find the correct actor to play a character.
When asked about his new office Mukesh Chhabra said, “We wanted a bigger space and Aaram Nagar is one place we and the actors were missing. So, we decided to come back to the creative hub of Bollywood. Aaram Nagar gave a start to my life and made me what I am today.” He further added that, “Due to increasing work, we needed a bigger place. And this is the place we loved the most so we came here in the New Year with new hope, new energy and positive vibes.”
The MCCC office sees hundreds of aspiring actors giving auditions and wanting to get noticed by Mukesh who they look up to. Mukesh has been organizing a theatre festival named Khidkiyaan for a few years now. New actors are trained to perform theatrical plays during the festival. Besides casting, Mukesh is an established name for taking acting workshops.
Mukesh started his Bollywood journey as a casting assistant and has also acted in some films. Mukesh has garnered a lot of acclaim and success for his work. He has worked with top directors in the film industry like Imtiaz Ali, Rajkumar Hirani, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nitesh Tiwari and Rohit Shetty to name a few.
Mukesh Chhabra already has about 20 films listed for release in 2020 including Panga, Laal Singh Chaddha, 83, Baaghi 3, and Brahmastra. His casting for the popular web shows like Sacred Games, Delhi Crime and The Family Man received a lot of praise. His upcoming web shows include Kabir Khan’s war drama The Forgotten Army and Netflix’s Delhi Crime 2. His own directorial debut film Dil Bechara starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Saif Ali Khan and debutante Sanjana Sanghi is also slated to release this year.