Chembur’s Star Studded Secrets


Chembur’s Star Studded Secrets

10 Mins
11th May 2024

Nestled amidst the bustling streets of Mumbai lies Chembur, a seemingly ordinary neighbourhood with an extraordinary secret. This vibrant enclave holds the distinction of being a silent incubator of stars. From the famous actors and singers of Bollywood to the lightning-fast reflexes on the cricket pitch nurturing the dreams and talents of individuals who have gone on to achieve national and even international acclaim.

Let’s take a look at why celebrities have called Chembur home.

A Melting Pot of Artistic Expressions

Chembur has played an instrumental role in shaping the destinies of individuals who would go on to carve their names in the annals of fame and achievement. From the captivating melodies of Shankar Mahadevan to the Bollywood royal family, the Kapoors, and the many cricketing prodigies this charming suburb has witnessed the rise of numerous luminaries across various fields.

The success of Chembur-born celebrities isn’t merely a stroke of luck. It’s the cultural diversity, active community engagement, and local art scene that make it a hub for artistic growth.

Many a Glamorous Star calls Chembur Home

Many stars have journeyed from the verdant neighbourhood of Chembur to the silver screen. Vidya Balan, the versatile actress known for her powerful performances spent her childhood in Chembur, along with friends and fellow actors Shilpa Shetty and Malaika Arora. From basketball to walking down lanes together they share many fond memories of their childhood home.

Despite his fame singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan still identifies as the little boy from Chembur where he trained in Carnatic music. Playback singer Shreya Ghoshal, whose voice has captivated audiences for decades also honed her skills in Chembur.

Chembur also holds a special place in the hearts of the Kapoor family, who call this neighbourhood home. Having founded the RK studios in Chembur, Raj Kapoor constructed his iconic family home. Home to the family for almost 75 years, the Devnar Cottage holds immense cultural value as a hub of famous film personalities through time.

Surrounded by films, film-makers and film talk Anil Kapoor dreamed of becoming an actor as a young boy growing up in Chembur. He along with brothers Sanjay Kapoor and Boney Kapoor still call themselves ‘The Chembur Boys’.

The Playground of the Great Cricket Champions

Chembur's legacy extends to the sporting arena as well. Cricket fans, take note: Abey Kuruvilla, the lightning-fast fielder, and Chandrakant Pandit, the dependable wicket-keeper batsman, both began their cricketing journeys right here in Chembur. From the bylanes of Chembur to the world pitch, their dedication and talent, nurtured within the heart of this neighbourhood, propelled them to national recognition.

The teenage standout Suryakumar Yadav, under the guidance of a local Chembur coach boldly declared his ambition – Mujhe bahut bada cricket khelna hai (I want to play in the big cricket leagues). From his journey from the early days in BARC to the maidans of Mumbai to the dizzying heights of the IPL, Surya will remain one of Chembur’s shining jewels.

The popular Shreyas Iyer who hails from Chembur is yet another prodigy. Known for his fearless stance and dominating stroke play he credits his formative years to this idyllic suburb where he was a rising star.

Chembur's influence, however, is not limited to the cricket pitch. It has shaped the journeys of athletes across various disciplines, including badminton champion Ajay Jayaram. Having begun the mastery of the shuttle in Chembur Gymkhana as a child, this Chembur-bred lad has never looked back. Prasiddhi Kamble is another star from Chembur who participated in the ‘Special Olympics’ in Berlin and made the country proud by winning a gold medal in swimming. Chembur also has played a big role in nurturing intellectuals and top scientists and continues to do so for people from across various walks of life. 

Chembur's Impact Transcends the Glitz, Glamour and Sporting World

What makes Chembur truly exceptional is the sense of community that pervades its atmosphere. The local residents take pride in the achievements of their fellow Chemburites, nurturing an environment that encourages individuals to dream big and strive for excellence. The collective success stories have contributed to Chembur's reputation as a land of prosperity and stars.

It's a place where dreams take flight, where hard work is celebrated, and where talent finds fertile ground to flourish.


The sound of leather meeting willow reverberates in the air, echoing the dreams of young cricketers who aim to follow in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors. The magical escape of films coupled with the rich cultural spirit permeates the air, sparking real-to-reel life stories that serve as an inspiration to aspiring stars. The Mumbai suburb of Chembur is truly a place where ambition and opportunity converge.

In conclusion, Chembur isn't just an obscure location on the map; it's a cradle of dreams, a nurturing ground for talent. It is a neighbourhood that has defied expectations, proving that greatness can emerge from the most peaceful places.

So, the next time you find yourself in Chembur, take a moment to appreciate the hidden magic that permeates its streets. You might just be walking alongside a future star.

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