Chandan Prabhakar is an Indian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter who is well known for his role of Chandu Chaiwala in the television comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV.
Chandan Prabhakar was born on Tuesday, 29 September 1981 (age 41 years; as of 2022) in Amritsar, Punjab, India. His zodiac sign is Libra. Chandan attended Shri Ram Ashram Senior Secondary School, Amritsar and Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Amritsar. He completed his graduation in mechanical engineering from Hindu College, Amritsar.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
Chandan Prabhakar belongs to a Punjabi family.
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about Chandan’s father. His mother’s name is Santosh Prabhakar. Chandan has a brother, and a sister.
Chandan Prabhakar’s parents
Chandan Prabhakar with his mother Santosh Prabhakar
Wife & Children
On 27 April 2015, Chandan got married to Nandini Khanna.
A wedding picture of Chandan Prabhakar and Nandini Khanna
The couple has a daughter, Advika Prabhakar, who was born on 31 March 2017.
Chandan Prabhakar with his wife and daughter
Chandan Prabhakar follows Hinduism.
Chandan Prabhakar worshipping idol of Lord Ganesha
In 2010, Chandan made his Bollywood debut with the film Bhavnao Ko Samjho in which he played the role of Thakur’s son.
Chandan Prabhakar (left) in a still from the film Bhavnao Ko Samjho along with Kapil Sharma
In 2012, he made his Punjabi debut with the film Power Cut in which he played the role of Khamba Ram, a lineman. Later, Chandan appeared in Punjabi films like Control Bhaji Control (2014), Disco Singh as Pradyuman Sharma, a detective (2014), and Judge Singh LLB as Vijay Soni, an advocate (2015).
In 2007, Chandan made his debut on television with the comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge season 3 on Star One.
Chandan Prabhakar with his cash prize after being selected as the first runner-up in the comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
He was the first runner-up, and Kapil Sharma emerged as the winner of the show. In 2013, he appeared in the comedy show Comedy Circus Ke Ajoobe on Sony TV. Chandan shot to fame when he appeared as Raju Chaiwala in the comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors TV (2013-2016).
Chandan Prabhakar (right) in a still from the comedy show Comedy Nights With Kapil on Colors TV
In 2016, Chandan appeared in the stand-up comedy and talk show The Kapil Sharma Show season 1 as Chandu Chaiwala on Sony TV.
Chandan Prabhakar in a still from the comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony TV
In 2018, he appeared in three shows on Sony TV, Comedy Circus, Family Time With Kapil Sharma, and Kaun Banega Crorepati. In the same year, he appeared in the show The Great Punjabi Comedy Show on MH One Music. Later, Chandan appeared in the comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show(2018-2022) on Sony TV.
Chandan Prabhakar has produced and directed the Punjabi show Laughter Da Master, which aired on ETC Punjabi. Chandan was also the producer and screenwriter of the Punjabi film Judge Singh LLB. In an interview, he talked about working in Punjabi films and said,
Since I am more attached to the Punjabi film industry, I have been producing and directing films there in the state. Script writing is nothing new for me. Earlier, when I had come down to Mumbai to be a part of Laughter Challenge, we wrote our own scripts as we did not have a script writer then. Now I am a content director for my own Punjabi films,”
Walked out of The Kapil Sharma Show
In 2017, Chandan along with the members of The Kapil Sharma Show went to Australia to perform a comedy show. Before the beginning of the show, Chandan had some arguments with Kapil Sharma following which he didn’t perform in the show. It was reported that while returning from Australia, Kapil, who was in a drunk state, abused Chandan Prabhakar, and had an ugly fight with Sunil Grover. When Sunil Grover tried to solve the issue between them, Kapil assaulted Sunil verbally and physically. Due to the incident, Chandan left the show. In an interview, on being asked about his tiff with Chandan, Kapil said,
I wanted to meet him and apologise. My mistake was that he is my friend and I didn’t even hear his side of the story and just hurled abuses at him. I finally met him the day we were supposed to fly back to India, and I saw him one hour before the check-in. I got even more furious. I hurled five more abuses at him, and he gave it back to me.
After three months, Chandan resumed the shoot for The Kapil Sharma Show, and in an interview, when he was asked about the reason to rejoin the show, he said,
See every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We are like family; I have spent half of my life with Kapil. If I make it a big issue, saying Mujhe zindagi mein tere saath kaam nahi karna then it’s not right. It’s OK if I reacted then, but I can’t stretch it for life. In a family, two brothers fight but that does not mean that they leave each other forever,”
Chandan Prabhakar owns a BMW 3 Series 320d.
Chandan Prabhakar with his brand new car
As of 2021, Chandan charges 5 to 7 lakh rupees for a single episode of The Kapil Sharma Show.
- Holiday Destination(s): Dubai and Goa
- Chandan follows a non-vegetarian diet.
A post shared by Chandan Prabhakar on his Facebook account about his eating habits
- Chandan Prabhakar and Kapil Sharma have known each other since childhood. Both of them were in the same school and the same college. They have worked together on a few comedy shows like The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Comedy Nights with Kapil, and The Kapil Sharma Show. In an interview, Rajiv Thakur, an Indian actor and stand-up comedian, recalled his memories with Chandan and Kapil, and said,
We are from the same city and the same school. Kapil and I were in 9 A, while Chandan was in 9 B. Then we were together in the same college, did theatre together and later even got associated with The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. So we have always been a part of one group,”
Chandan Prabhakar (left) with Kapil Sharma
- Some of Chandan’s most popular characters from the comedy shows include Hawaldaar Harpal Singh, Jhanda Singh, Chaddha Uncle, and Shakaal.
Chandan Prabhakar as Shakaal in the comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show
- After completing his graduation, Chandan started working at a factory, Chand Enterprises in Amritsar. He used to work in night shifts, because in the daytime, he worked as a teacher, and took mimicry classes at BBK DAV College for Women in Amritsar, Punjab.
- Chandan worked as a dialogue writer for the Punjabi film Control Bhaji Control (2014), and screenwriter for the Punjabi film Dangar Doctor Jelly (2017).
- In 2015, in an interview, Chandan opened up about Kapil Sharma‘s mental health, after Kapil had a fight in a drunk state with his team members and said,
Uski ek maa hai, uske sir par baap nahi hai. Uski bhi family hai, ek behan hai. Usko log kya bolte honge? Humne situation sochi hai woh? Tera beta daaru peeta hai! Unka bahar nikalna mushkil ho gaya hai sir. Koi bhi complete nahi hota, har kisi me kuch kamiya hoti hai. Aap kamiya kyon dekhte ho? Plus points kyon nahi dekhte? Woh mentally theek nahi hai, he’s depressed. Usko aise baar baar tang karenge, usko kal ko kuch ho gaya toh kya karenge hum? Jab Australia wala vivaad hua, uski wajah se team tooti. Woh artist hai, woh dil se jeeta hai, uske paas dimaag bahut kam hai.”
- In 2016, Chandan hosted an award show, Punjabi PTC Music Awards at PAP Ground, Jalandhar, Punjab.
Chandan Prabhakar as a host for the award show Punjabi PTC Music Awards
- Since childhood, Chandan had a great interest in painting, and he often shares pictures of his painting on social media handles. In an interview, he talked about his interest in painting and said,
I also paint; in fact I used to exhibit my paintings in foreign countries, but due to time constraint, haven’t been able to continue that for a while now,”
A painting made by Chandan Prabhakar