Ram Gopal Bajaj
Born (1940-03-05) 5 March 1940 (age 83)
Alma mater National School of Drama, Delhi
Years active1965–present
Known forDirector of NSD, Delhi
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Spouse(s)Sulochna Devi and Chandrakala Khemchand Prakash
ChildrenPrakash Bajaj, Riju Bajaj, Aseem Bajaj
RelativesLeena Yadav (daughter-in-law)
Awards1996: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
2003: Padma Shri
2017: Kalidas Samman

Ram Gopal Bajaj is an Indian theatre director, academician, and a Hindi film actor. He has also been a faculty member and a former Director of National School of Drama, New Delhi (1995 – September 2001).[1]

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 for his contribution to theatre.[2]


Ram Gopal Bajaj graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 1965.[citation needed] He became a member of its faculty and eventually its Director (November 1995 – September 2001).[3] During his tenure as the head of NSD he started two theatre festivals, Bharat Rang Mahotsava (National Theatre Festival) and Jashn-e-Bachpan (National Children's Theatre Festival).

Over the years, he directed numerous plays with the National School of Drama, NSD Repertory Company, starting with Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se, Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak in 1974, Jai Shankar Prasad’s Skand Gupta in 1977, followed by Quaid-E-Hayaat in 1989. His other noted production was Ashadh Ka Ek Din by Mohan Rakesh in 1992. He also was the Chief of the National School of Drama, Repertory Company from 1988 to 1994. He translated Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Taledanda) into Hindi, first directed by Ebrahim Alkazi for NSD and then by Arvind Gaur (1995) for Asmita Theater.[4]

In 2017, he was honoured with Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.[5]


Bajaj has been connected with the film industry for over three decades, first as an assistant director in art films like Utsav (1984) and Godhuli (1977), later appearing in character roles in films like, Masoom (1983), Hip Hip Hurray (1984), Mirch Masala (1985), and Chandni (1989). His most noted film roles have been in Parzania and as the Guru, in Jackie Chan starrer, The Myth, both in 2005. He starred as Dr. Amit Singh in Mango Dreams (2016) and in Jolly LLB 2 as Advocate Rizvi Sahab.

He also starred as "Shankar Dayal Bajpai" and Vikramaditya Singh" in the popular StarPlus TV serials, Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal (2011) and Rishton Ka Chakravyuh (2017) respectively.[5] His latest serial was Sufiyana Pyaar Mera that aired in 2019 on Star Bharat, where he played the character of Sayyed Shehriyat "Miajaan" Shah Ghazi.

He will be seen in LSD Pvt Ltd next TV show for zeetv

His upcoming Web series is Fittrat Season 2

He is a member of the academic council of National School of Drama, New Delhi.


Assistant Director

Year Title Role
1984 Ustav Assistant Director
1977 Godhuli Assistant Director


Year Title Role
2017 Jolly LLB 2 Rizvi Sahab
2016 Mango Dreams Dr. Amit Singh
2007 Parzania Guru
2005 The Myth
1989 Chandni
1985 Mirch Masala
1984 Hip Hip Hurray
1983 Masoom

Web series

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2019 Fittrat ALTBalaji and ZEE5 Season 2
2019 The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Bhai Pratap ALTBalaji and ZEE5

See also


  1. ^ Past Directors Archived 27 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine National School of Drama, New Delhi, Official website.
  2. ^ Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards
  3. ^ NSD Annual Report Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Drama critics. "Girish Karnad's Rakt Kalyan (Tale-Danda)". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Ram Gopal Bajaj to get Kalidas Samman". Business Standard. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.