Benjamin Gilani

Benjamin Gilani is an Indian actor of film, television and theatre.[1] He portrayed Jawaharlal Nehru in the 1993 film Sardar. He also acted in the movie "Hum Dum".

He is a postgraduate from Delhi University having studied and taught English Literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and studied at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune class of 1972, where Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were his classmates.[2]

He founded 'Motleys Productions', a Mumbai-based theatre company in 1977, along with Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah, and Waiting For Godot was their first play on 29 July 1979 at Prithvi Theatre, the play was revived in 2009 for group's 30th anniversary celebrations.[3][4] He is currently hosting a quiz show on Disney Channel India, namely Disney Q Family Mastermind.



2016 BHK Bhalla@Halla.Kom
2015 Bajirao Mastani King Chhatrasal
2011 Game (2011 film) Mr. Khanna
2009 8 x 10 Tasveer Jatin Puri
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time Film Director
1993 Sardar Jawaharlal Nehru
1985 Mirch Masala School Master
1985 Apna Jahan Dr. Mukesh
1978 Junoon Rashid Khan
1978 Devata
1977 Alaap Kishan
1981 Plot No. 5 Rahul

TV Series

Year/PeriodSerial nameCharacter/RoleBroadcast
1993-1994The Great MarathaDD Metro
1993–1997TaraZee TV
1993AnandAnandZee TV
RishteyZee TV
Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan Sony
2002AamrapaliPlayed Aamrapali's fatherDoordarshantelecasted every Sunday at 11 am
2004Sahib Biwi GulamSahara One
BhootnathBhootnath (title role)Doordarshan
2005–2006Hotel KingstonGovind SahaiStar OneThursday 9 p.m
2011–2012Bunty Bubbly Ki MummyPrashantDoordarshantelecasted every Monday & Tuesday at 9:00 pm & re telecast every Saturday at noon
ShamaaDoordarshantelecasted Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm
The Great MarathaNawab Shuja -Ud-Daula
Disney Q Family MastermindDisney Channel


  1. "Adept actor". The Hindu. 19 November 2007.
  2. "No 'Alter'native". Screen. 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010.
  3. "Still waiting, for Mr Godot". The Indian Express. 21 August 1997.
  4. "Centre stage". The Indian Express. 12 July 2009.

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