Aanjjan Srivastav (born 2 June 1948) is an Indian film, television and stage actor, associated with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) in Mumbai of which he remained Vice-President for several years. Outside theatre, he is best known as a character actor in Marathi and Hindi films, most notably, Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala and Anupam Mittal’s Flavors and Bollywood films like Gol Maal, Bemisal, Khuda Gawah, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and Pukar. On television, he made his mark as the quintessential “common man” in the TV series Wagle Ki Duniya (Wagle’s World) (1988–90) and Wagle Ki Nayi Duniya, where he played the lead role, apart from Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984) and Nukkad.He has also acted for more than 40 years in over 30 plays, many of them jubilee hits, including Bakri, Moteram Ka Satyagrah, Shatranj Ke Mohre, Ek Aur Dronacharya and Chakkar Pe Chakkar. One of his serials is left from the list, Bharat Ek Khoj, based upon Pt. Nehru’s Discovery of India, wherein he played various roles.
He was born and brought up in Calcutta (now Kolkata), into a family from Uttar Pradesh and his father was a respected banker with Allahabad Bank. Anjan did his B.Com. and LLB from Calcutta University, it was here that he started taking part in local Hindi and Bengali theatre groups in 1968, and did plays for All India Radio. Meanwhile, he also did a small role in the film Chameli Mem Shaeb. Soon he acted with noted groups in the city like Kala Bhavan, Sangeet Kala Mandir and Adakar and acted in a few Bengali films.
Anjan Srivastav is married, and a father of twins, a boy and a girl and a daughter younger to the twins. Most of his family members are active workers in the theatre field.
At first, during his younger days, Anjan rebelliously fulfilled his acting dream, through the medium of Bengali theatre, while he stayed with his parents at Calcutta, mostly against his father’s wishes.
Only after the death of his sister, as situations changed, Anjan struggled his way in the Bombay IPTA theatre group, and film industry with his first appearance in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal, all this while working in a bank alongside to keep up financially. Eventually, in 1988, Anjan appeared in R. K. Laxman’s series Wagle ki Duniya, a sitcom which achieved a cult status with 13 episodes and Anjan immediately became a household name.