Does Balraj Syal drink alcohol?: Yes.Balraj and his sisters were raised by their paternal uncle and aunt. A Childhood Picture of Balraj Syal.While he was in school, he wanted to become an IAS or IPS officer.After completing his 12th class, he left the studies for almost two years; as the financial condition of his family was not good.He worked in a clothes shop to support his family financially. Later, he joined a college in his hometown and completed his graduation.While he was in college, one of his seniors had told him that the students who participate in extra-curricular activities, get a fees concession, so, he joined a theatre group in his college. An Old Picture of Balraj Syal.His acting guru, Amit Sharma, told him about the auditions of the Punjabi comedy show, Hasde Hasande Ravo. Balraj auditioned for it and was selected among the top finalists.Later, he appeared in many TV shows, like Ikk Tara Bole, Music Online, Desi Talk, and Lots of Ladies..He participated in one of the seasons of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, but got eliminated in the first episode.In 2009, he won the Best Stand-up Comedian Trophy in the Star Ones comedy show, Laughter Ke Phatke. Balraj Syal Performing in Laughter Ke Phatke.