Ankur Vikal is an Indian film and theatre actor. He graduated from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 2000, after studying Architecture at M.S. University, Baroda. He has acted in the Motley Theatre Group in plays such as Manto Ismat Haazir Hain, Safed Jhooth Kaali Shalwar, Katha Kollage II, All Thieves, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, and Salome. His film career began with the Indian ground-breaking film Mango Soufflé, followed by the highly acclaimed films Maqbool and Missed Call.
Ankur played the role of Maman in Slumdog Millionaire (2008). It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 2009 and won 8- the most for any 2008 film-including Best Picture,Best Director, and Best adapted screenplay. It won 7 BAFTA awards including Best Film, 5 Critic's Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes. In the film, he discovers the children while they are living in the trash heaps and brings them to his Orphanage. He won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his highly acclaimed and appreciated performance as Maman.
He also played the lead in The Forest. He was most recently seen in Telugu language film Kedi and Hindi film Striker. In Tamil cinema he debuted in Mariyan (2013) where he played the role of an oil worker.
He played Yakub, The antagonist terrorist leader in Anil Kapoor's TV Series 24.
Ankur has been working and touring with Nirbhaya .The play has been called one of the most important pieces on Human Rights in the world. Ankur is the only male actor in it. He acts with 5 actresses sharing their personal stories of Sexual Abuse. It has won the Fringe First Award, An Amnesty International and a Herald Angel when it opened in Edinburgh. It has been touring extensively in India, Europe and North America. A New York Times Critic's Pick, is highly acclaimed and has been running successfully to full houses all over the world.2002: Mango Soufflé as Kamlesh
2003: Maqbool as Riyaz Boti
2005: Missed Call as Gaurav Sengupta
2008: Slumdog Millionaire as Maman
2009: The Forest as Pritam
2010: Striker as Zaid
2010: Kedi as Chandra
2010: "Breaking the way" as Ashok
2013: Mariyaan (Tamil)
2014: Sold as Varun
2014: Bang Bang (2014 film) as Shoaib
2015: Blemished Light as Najib
2015: Jazbaa as Vijay
2016: Phobia as Manu Malhotra
2016: "Yaara" as Fakira
2017: "Indu Sarkar" as Shivam
2013: 24 (Indian TV series) as Yakub Sayeed(antagonist terrorist leader)