Shilpa Shukla, the film, television and theatre actress was born in Vaishali into a Bihari Bhumihar background. She was brought up in Gujarat, Kolkata and in New Delhi. She pursued her education from the prestigious Delhi Public School, situated at R. K. Puram. Soon after her twelfth boards, she enrolled herself in the Miranda House at the University of Delhi.
Shilpa began her career with Maharaj Krishna Raina, the renowned theatre artist. Later on she also worked with Arvind Gaur, the director of the Asmita Theatre Group. Some of her notable plays are ‘Final Solutions and Tara’ by Mahesh Dattani, ‘Antim Diwas’ by Govind Deshpande, ‘Ek Mamooli Aadmi’ by Ashok Lal, ‘Log-Baag’ by Neil Simon and ‘Rakt Kalyan’ by Girish Karnad.
Her very first film in the industry was Sabiha Sumar’s 2003 flick titled ‘Khamosh Pani’, starring Shilpa Shukla along with Kiron Kher and Aamir Malik. Same year she had also signed up for Sudhir Mishra’s film ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, starring Chitrangada Singh, Kay Kay Menon, Ram Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Shiney Ahuja and Shilpa Shukla herself. Next up she received a considerable amount of recognition from the Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘Chak De India’ (2007), where she portrayed the stubborn and arrogant role of a hockey player by the name of Bindia Naik. She earned a Filmfare nomination as well as a National Film award consideration, for her role in this film.
In the year 2012, she appeared in ‘B. A. Pass’ directed by Ajay Bahl and starring Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Rajesh Sharma, Shadab Kamal and Shilpa Shukla. This film was based on the story called ‘The Railway Aunty’, written by Mohan Sikka. This movie received the Best Film Award (Audience Choice) at the SAFF (South Asian Alternative Film Festival) held at Paris in France. At the 12th Osian Cinefan Film Festival, ‘B. A. Pass’ was given the title of the Best Film in Indian Competition.
Shilpa Shukla had also starred in ‘Rajdhani Express’, directed by Ashok Kohli and starring Leander Paes, Gulshan Grover, Jimmy Shergill, Pooja Bose and many more. This film failed to create much of a buzz at the box office.
1) In the year 2008, Shilpa Shukla was awarded the prestigious Starscreen Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for ‘Chak De India’.
2) Same year she had also received numerous nominations at the Filmfare Awards, International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA), Producer Guild Awards and Zee Cine Awards, all for her role of Bindia Naik in ‘Chak De India’.