Chandra Shekhar Dutta is an Indian actor who has acted in many Bollywood films like Ram-Leela, Rakta Charitra, and The Kerala Story. He trained at FTII, Pune before venturing into Bollywood.
Chandra Shekar Dutta aka Channdra Shekhar Dutta was born on Friday, 31 July 1981 (age 42 years; as of 2023) at Ranguni village in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India. His zodiac sign is Leo. He was interested in acting since childhood and used to imitate Bollywood actors. He passed the 10th standard in 1998 from Tata DAV School, Sijua with 69.2% marks and the 12th standard in 2000 from the same school with 62.5% marks.
He started acting in theatres when he moved to his maternal Uncle’s home in Bundu, Jharkhand. He studied acting from 2001 to 2003 under the associate professor of the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, Dinesh Khanna. He passed Bachelor’s in Arts (Hindi) in 2004 from Deoghar Vidyapith, Deoghar with second division. He moved to Delhi in 2005 and pursued a diploma in theatre acting from Shri Ram Centre (SRC) for Performing Arts, New Delhi. He pursued a PG Diploma in Acting from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He moved to Mumbai in 2008 to pursue a career in acting.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
He was born into a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Swapan Kumar Dutta, and his mother’s name is Shefali Dutta. His father worked as a foreman in a Coal company in Dhanbad, and his mother is a housewife. He has a brother named Rajiv Dutta and a sister named Reema Dutta.
He is unmarried.
He is single.
He follows Hinduism.
While learning acting in SRC, New Delhi and FTII Pune, he acted in about 20 plays with many renowned actors. He also worked in the Song and Drama division of the Indian government in 2005. He won the Best Actor award for the play ‘Assi Behri Alang’ written by Dr Kashi Nath Singh and directed by Suman Kumar. He wrote and directed a play ‘A Rehearsal called Andher Nagari’ which came third in the 9th Ryan International Theatre Festival in 2008. He also acted in the International Screen Writers lab conducted by PAL in 2009 at Matheran, Maharashtra. In 2018, he acted in the play Yakshini directed by Samir Jagot.
He made his debut in Bollywood in 2010 with the film 404: Error Not Found directed by Prawaal Raman.
He acted in 2010 in the film Rakta Charitra as Raja Rao, which starred Suriya, Vivek Oberoi, Radhika Apte, Priyamani, and Abhimanyu Singh and was directed by Ram Gopal Varma; he also acted in Rakta Charitra 2. He acted in the film Ram-Leela (2013) as Velji, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Richa Chadha and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
He worked as a narrator in the film Kaafiron Ki Namaaz (2013) directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma. He played the role of Death Salesman in the film Boichek (2017) directed by Santosh Sivan. He acted as Betal in the film The Last Koan (2019) directed by Satya Prakash Choudhary and the role of Somra in the film Dhumkkudiya (2019) directed by Nandlal Nayak. He played the role of Muslim Khan in the film Gul Makai (2020), which was based on the life of Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
He played the role of Mohammad Bazlul Huda, the Bangladeshi Army Officer who killed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, in the film Mujib: The Making of Nation (2022). He played the role of Preacher in the film The Kerala Story starring Adah Sharma and directed by Sudipto Sen. He also worked as an actor in the commercial film by NABARD.
In 2006, he acted in the short film Kshitij: A Far Horizon directed by Binitesh Baruri. In 2007, he acted in the short film To be Continued (Kramasha) directed by Amit Dutta. In 2014, he played the role of the father of a child in the short film Tea Time. In 2016, he played the role of Akbar Barbar in the short film A Hairy Tale and also acted in the short film Tremors.
He acted in many TV shows including Shaitaan – A Criminal Mind, Savdhaan India – Special Crime Series, and Crime Patrol.
His debut web series was Laakhon Mein Ek (2017) starring Biswa Kalyan Rath (director as well), Shweta Tripathi, and Sandeep Mehta which streamed on Amazon Prime Video. He acted as Vinod Amre, husband of Esha Gupta in Nakaab (2021) which streamed on MX Player and also starred Gautam Rode and Mallika Sherawat. He acted as Mantri in Khakee: The Bihar Chapter (2022) starring Ashutosh Rana, Karan Tacker, and Aishwarya Sushmita and streamed on Netflix; it was based on the life of IPS Amit Lodha.
- He likes to do horseriding and practice Taekwondo in his leisure time.
- He was given a cash award of Rs 25000 by Jaya Bachchan while studying in FTII.
- He can act in 8 languages Hindi, English, Nagpuri, Khortha, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Bengali, and Magadhi.
- He was given Junior Fellowship under the 2017-18 Scheme for Award of Fellowship to Outstanding Person in the field of Culture. He also became a certified actor under the Skill India scheme on 24 April 2020.
- He likes travelling and has visited many forts and temples.