Meet 'Animal' Villain, Saurabh Sachdeva, Who Trained Stars Like Varun Dhawan, Freida Pinto, And More

Ace actor, Saurabh Sachdeva, who played Bobby Deol's onscreen brother, 'Abid Haque' in 'Animal', is an acting coach and has trained many renowned stars; here's all you need to know about this genius.


By Rishabh Naudiyal Last Updated:


Meet 'Animal' Villain, Saurabh Sachdeva, Who Trained Stars Like Varun Dhawan, Freida Pinto, And More

Animal was the third-highest-grossing film of 2023, after Shah Rukh Khan's Jawan and Pathaan. The A-rated film was made on a budget of Rs. 100 crore by renwoned filmmaker, Sandeep Reddy Vanga. After the commercial success of his last film, Kabir Singh, Sandeep Vanga's Animal broke all records as it managed to collect more than Rs. 900 crore worldwide.

From Ranbir Kapoor's exceptional acting in the roles of 'Ranvijay Singh' and 'Aziz Haque' to Bobby Deol winning hearts as 'Abrar Haque' to Triptii Dimri stealing the spotlight and Rashmika Mandanna making a mark, Animal was definitely something fresh on the table for cinema enthusiasts. The film was released in theatres on December 1, 2023, and viewers will be able to watch Animal on the famous streaming platform, Netflix, from January 26, 2024, onwards.

Recommended Read: Who Is Tripti Dimri? 'Animal' Actress Who Became The National Crush, Dated Anushka Sharma's Brother

Animal OTT release: Old controversy takes centre stage ahead of Animal's Netflix release

Days before the release of Animal's extended cut on Netflix, a specific section of society, who slammed the movie back in December 2023 is bashing it once again on social media.

Amidst all the chaos and buzz around Animal's Netflix release, Saurabh Sachdeva, who played Bobby Deol's onscreen brother, 'Abid Haque' in the film is trending. Several people on the internet have expressed their desire to see him, as they were blown by his acting when they first saw Animal during its theatrical release.

Animal fame, Saurabh Sachdeva's birth and educational qualifications

Well, the fame and recognition that Saurabh Sachdeva continues to receive after Animal's gigantic success was due for a very long time. It's great that the film industry and cinema enthusiasts are finally addressing his exceptional acting talent and giving him his due. For the unversed, Saurabh was born on September 24, 1978, in Delhi. Talking about his schooling, he studied at Model Senior Secondary School in Saket, Delhi.

Saurabh Sachdeva learnt acting from legendary theatre director, Barry John

After completing his schooling, Saurabh Sachdeva joined legendary theatre director, Barry John acting school, Barry John Acting School in 2001. Since then, he has not only learned the core values of acting but has also worked with a series of theatre groups.

Slowly and steadily, Saurabh's interest started shifting more towards teaching from acting. As a result, he joined Barry John Acting School in 2005 and went on to teach students acting for the next 15 years.

Animal actor, Saurabh Sachdeva trained Varun Dhawan, Rana Daggubati, Freida Pinto, and many other popular stars

During his tenure as an acting teacher at Barry John Acting School from 2005 to 2020, he trained a series of actors. The list of renowned actors who have taken acting classes from Saurabh Sachdeva includes successful actors like Frieda Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vani Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Richa Chadda, Harshvardhan Rane, Rana Daggubati, Avinash Tiwary, Asha Negi, Shakti Mohan, Rithvik Dhanjani, Madana Karimi, Gourav Adarsh, and many more.

Don't Miss: Animal Cast Salary: Ranbir Kapoor's Rs 70 Crore Fee, Which Is 14 Times More Than Bobby Deol's Salary

Saurabh Sachdeva once revealed he never respected his school teachers

Once, in an old interview, Saurabh Sachdeva was asked about his shift from acting to teaching. Answering the question, he shared that acting was never his passion in the first place, and once he started teaching, the process of teaching acting to students instantly became his favourite drill. He said:

"Acting was never my passion but after years of living in it, teaching acting became my favourite drill."

Further, in the same interview, Saurabh Sachdeva was asked whether he had ever thought of teaching in schools. To this, the actor clearly stated that he was always clear in his life that he never wanted to work in schools and citing the reason behind it, Saurabh said that he never respected his school teachers. Sharing how he was scared and knew that teaching in a school is a big responsibility, which was why he never went in that direction. He said:

"I was very scared. I thought teaching was a very big responsibility and I never respected my teachers in school. I only respected Barry Sir because of the way he was treating me otherwise I always thought the teachers were teaching the subject, not me."

Saurabh Sachdeva had dyslexia during his childhood

In the same interview, Saurabh Sachdeva also revealed that during his growing years, he had symptoms of dyslexia. Sharing how it was difficult for him to convey his emotions and admitted that because he had dyslexia, he suffered in his education, too. The actor also admitted that when he got the opportunity to work with dyslexic children, he was so happy to see them express themselves. In his words:

"When I was diagnosed with dyslexia, I was struggling with my own education because I couldn't express myself at a young age. Just because of my lack of vocabulary and words, I always feared that I would be shamed or guilty. When I got the opportunity to teach, I felt very happy seeing the students express themselves."

You May Like This: Sandeep Reddy Vanga: Education, Wife, Named His Son After 'Arjun Reddy', Controversy, 'Animal', More

Founder of the acting school, The Actors Truth, Saurabh Sachdeva's best films and web series

Over the years, Saurabh Sachdeva has worked in a series of successful films and web series like Manmarziyaan, Sacred Games, Housefull 4, Taish, Raat Baaki Hai, Vadh, Haddi, Kaala, Bambai Meri Jaan, Jaane Jaan, Animal, and the list goes on. Not only this, but he has also conducted a series of theatre plays in recent years.

However, not everyone knows that Saurabh Sachdeva is the founder of the famous acting school, The Actors Truth, in Mumbai. It is one of the highest-rated acting schools in Mumbai, courtesy of the prolific work Saurabh Sachdeva has done in the industry.

We are in love with how Saurabh Sachdeva's brilliance is getting its due from the industry and fans. What are your thoughts on his success? Let us know.

Also Read: Meet Tannaz Davoodi, Who Has Become A Sensation After Appearing In 'Animal's 'Jamal Kudo' Song

Stay updated with latest entertainment news
Follow us on
Google news, flipboard, facebook,
whatsapp, instagram, twitter