Shail Chaturvedi was a Hindi poet, satirist, humorist, lyricist and actor from India, most known for his political satire in the 70’s and the 80’s. He worked as a character actor in several Hindi films and TV series.
He started his career as a lecturer at Allahabad University, soon started taking part in various Kavi sammelan (poetry gatherings), and with his tongue-in-cheek political commentary, made a place for himself amidst leading humorists, hasya kavi of the 1970s and 1980s, like Kaka Hathrasi, Pradeep Chaubey and Ashok Chakradhar.
He became a regular feature of the annual kavi sammelan on Doordarshan, state-run TV channel, around the Holi festival. He also acted in a number of Hindi films, like Uphaar (1971), Chitchor (1976), Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986) and Kareeb (1998)
He died on October 29, 2007, after suffering from chronic renal failure for some time, and was survived by his wife Daya and three sons.