Ravi Kishan is an Indian film actor and television personality, who works in both Hindi cinema as well as Bhojpuri cinema. In 2006, he shot to popularity when he participated in Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother. There, not only did he make his name known outside the Bhojpuri community in a big way, but also, almost became a household name.
He has also starred in a number of commercially successful Bhojpuri films, frequently starring opposite Nagma. He has been quoted by the BBC as saying "Bhojpuri cinema is like home-cooked food."
Born Ravi Kishan Shukla, in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh to Pandit Shyam Narain Shukla.
Ravi Kishan has been awarded as the best Bhojpuri Actor time and again. In June 2008 he was awarded the Most Popular Actor at ETV Bhojpuri Cinema Samman 2008 function. Recently he has been declared Best Actor in regional film category by Journalist Association of India in a function held at Delhi where the award was given to Ravi Shukla by Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi. This versatile actor has proved his talent of versatile acting in Bhojpuri as well as several Hindi films.
Popular reality shows like Big Boss and more recently Ek Se badhkar Ek have brought him to the front line of top Indian Television actors. He had to undergo a struggle in his early days when he arrived in Mumbai and presented himself to various directors and producers all in vain. Bhojpuri Cinema is now a 100 crore industry giving livelihood to nearly forty thousand people directly or indirectly.
Ravi Kishan started his own company Mahadev Production in 2008, to produce Bhojpuri Films. In 2008, he started co-hosting, celebrity dance-based reality show Yeh Hai Bathroom Singer,Ek se badhkar ek - Jalwe sitaron ke on Zee. Ravi Kishan also hosted Hypnosis Show RAAZ PICHHLE JANAM KA on Ndtv Imagine. The show is suppose to have a mix of celebrities and commoners participating in it. It is all about connecting people to their subconscious state of mind . The Show will bring to the surface a person’s bitter experiences of the past and help him / her make peace with oneself. It’s Produced by The ideas Box. The Ideas Box is the Tv wings of Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Media, which has brands such as Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle and Karadi Tales to its creadit.
For the first time in the history of Bhojpuri Films, Ravi kishan starer film Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein, produced by American Film company PUN Films made its presence felt in the India Pavilion at the world’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2010. Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan resurrected Bhojpuri film industry ten years ago, today he is once again writing the pages of history with a Bhojpuri Film to be showcased at Cannes in which he plays the lead role.
He is married to Preeti and has a son (Saksham) and 3 daughters( Reva,Tanishq,Ishita)