Abhinav was born in Ludhiana, Punjab. His father, Dr. K.K. Shukla, worked as an entomologist at Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana and his mother, Mrs. Radha Shukla was a teacher at Guru Nanak Public School (Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana).
He passed out of Guru Nanak Public School in 2000, and completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Lala Lajpat Rai Institute of Engineering and Technology (Moga, Punjab) in 2004. In 2004 he participated in the Tryst-2004, a technical festival organised by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and won the Best Design Award.
He started his career in the Indian television industry with Jersey No. 10. Later he went on to play praiseworthy roles in Geet, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Jaane Kya Baat Hui, Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan and Hitler Didi. In December 2010 he opted out of Geet, in a mutual decision with the production house.
He was one of the 22 castaways in Season 1 of Survivor India. He won immunity twice in a row and reached the final five, but was voted out in Episode 21. He played a cameo in Zee TV’s show Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan. In 2018 he opted to play a negative role on Colors TV show Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka. He has directed a short film based on female-foeticide Bareilly Ki Beti: The Youngest Survivor starring his wife Rubina Dilaik.
Abhinav Shukla who is a self-confessed adventure junkie successfully climbed the peak of Stok Kangri in pure Alpine style along with his brother on 23 July 2017 and announced that this marked his foray into mountaineering. In 2016 he along with his brother completed a 7-day trek from Chandra Taal to Bara-lacha la in alpine style. A year before he had cycled from Manali to Leh solo in six days.
He is known for his outdoor and adventure activities, whenever not shooting or working he likes to trek and camp out in the woods. On 4 January 2014 while on a trek to a fort in Matheran forests of Maharashtra he got stuck on a ledge of a rock face and had to be rescued by a team of rock climbers. He said he had mentally prepared himself for days of survival, even had stored his urine for emergency.
Year Serial Role Channel Notes
2008–2009 Jaane Kya Baat Hui Shantanu Colors TV
2008–2009 Chotti Bahu – Sindoor Bin Suhagan Vikram Zee TV
2007 Jersey No. 10 Arjun Rai Sab TV
2010–2011 Geet (TV series) Dev Singh Khurana STAR One
2011–2012 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Dr. Manan STAR Plus
2012 Hitler Didi Sumer Singh Choudhary Zee TV
2012 Survivor India (season 1) Himself STAR Plus
2013 Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan Anirudh Balraj Asthana Zee TV
2015 MTV Big F (Season 1 Episode 1) NSG Commando Vikram Rathod MTV
2016 Diya Aur Baati Hum Om Rathi Star Plus
2018 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Rajdeep Thakur Colors TV
2019 Khatra Khatra Khatra Himself
2020–present Bigg Boss 14 Contestant
Year Film Role Language
2014 Jai Ho Unknown Hindi
2014 Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans Pundit Hindi
2017 Aksar 2 Ricky Khambata Hindi
2019 Luka Chuppi Naseem Khan Hindi