Mukesh Khanna

Mukesh Khanna is an Indian television and film actor best known for his portrayal of Shaktimaan in the titular Doordarshan television serial, and Bhishma Pitamah in B. R. Chopra's Mahabharat. He was also the chairman of Children's Film Society India from which he resigned in February 2018.[1][2][3][4]

Mukesh Khanna
Mukesh Khanna in 2010
Born23 June 1958 (61)
Bombay, India (present, Mumbai, India)
NationalityIndian
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
OccupationActor
Years active1980 – present
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

Career

Mukesh entered the film industry after graduating from Film and Television Institute of India. He attended the school with fellow Indian actors Naseeruddin Shah and Shakti Kapoor.[5] He rose to fame and is still best known for playing Bhisma Pitamah in B. R. Chopra's Mahabharat. Khanna starred as the protagonist in the superhero series Shaktimaan

Khanna worked in the television series Aryamaan – Brahmaand Ka Yodha as the character of the same name. Khanna has worked in many television productions and films depicting him as police inspector such as in the film Hera Pheri. He has also worked in the television series Waqt Bataye Ga. He has played roles in films such as Tahalka and International Khiladi. He played the father of Bobby Deol's character in the film Barsaat.

Khanna was offered the role of Shantanu in Ekta Kapoor's Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki; he refused. He told the press that Ekta's Mahabharat is sure to be a flop because BR Chopra's Mahabharat had actors in it; her Mahabharat has "models" in it.[6] Throughout his acting career he appeared in several TV operas like Bahadur Shah Zafar(1986), Mahabharat (1988 TV series), Yug (TV series), Chandrakanta (TV series), Mahayoodha, Virat , Shaktimaan(1997) , Aryamaan – Brahmaand Ka Yodha(2002) & also many commercially successful movies, including Saudagar (1991), Yalgaar (1992), Tahalka (1992), Shaktiman (1993), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Barsaat (1995), Raja (1995) Policewala Gunda(1995) , Veer (1995), Himmat (1996), Maidan-E-Jung (1995), Judge Mujrim (1997), Hera Pheri (2000) and Plan (2004).

There were numerous requests after the end of the Shaktimaan series, to bring it back, because they stated that they had been 'emotionally associated' with the show.

Mukesh Khanna finally announced on his YouTube channel 'Bheeshm International', that the series would be brought back in a 3D animated format. And after that, it would be revived as a live-action series, too.

He, in Comic Con India 2019, launched the teaser of the show, on 7th December 2019.

Other work

In 2007, Khanna participated in a child development project funded by the government, Shaktimaan, which targeted at preventing malnutrition, lowering the mother-child mortality rate, anaemia in girls and health awareness.[7]

Khanna operates acting schools in Jaipur, Agra and Bihar[5] and has spoken about opening more. He also teamed with his former acting school, Film and Television Institute of India, for a three-month acting course.[8]

Mukesh also had a YouTube channel - Mukesh Khanna, but it became defunct.[9] He now runs a YouTube channel Bheeshm International.[10]

Filmography

Television

YearSeriesRoleNotes
1988–1990MahabharatBhishma
1990Chunni Karamjit Singh
1994–1996ChandrakantaJanbaaz/Meghawat
1995–1996MarshallMarshall
1995–1996SaraabAjay/Vijay
1996–1998Yug
1997–1998Vishwas
1997MahayodhaViratAlso Producer
1997–2005ShaktimaanShaktimaan/Pandit Gangadhar Shastri/Major Ranjit Singh/Shri SatyaAlso Producer
2002–2003Aryamaan – Brahmaand Ka YodhaAryamaan/OjwanAlso Producer
2003DeewarVikram Singh
2005EhsaasDigvijaya Singh Rathore
2007SautelaVikram AryaAlso Producer
2008Kal Hamara HaiProfessor Vimal Kant Vishnoyi
2008Waqt Batayega Kaun Apna Kaun ParayaBiswajeet Raichowdhury
2009Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Guruji[11]
2012–2013Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara PyaaraPurushottam Deewan
2013Hamara Hero ShaktimaanShaktimaanAlso producer
Television film
2016WaarisLalaji

Films

YearFilmRoleNotes
1981Roohi
1982Waqt Ke Shahzade
1983Dard-E-DilGovinda
1984Captain Barry
1985Mujhe Kasam Hai
1991SaugandhChaudhary Sarang
1991SaudagarGagan
1992TahalkaMajor Krishna Rao
1992YalgaarMahendra Ashwini Kumar
1993Meri AanCommissioner Ashfaque Khan
1993KundanShanno's brother
1993Rani Aur Maharani
1993ShaktimaanDiler
1994Rakhwale
1994Mohabbat Ki AarzooRai Bahadur Mahendra Pratap Singh
1994InsaaniyatNarrator
1994Betaj BadshahBalwan
1994Main Khiladi Tu AnariArjun Joglekar
1994AmaanatAgarwal Seth
1994Aao Pyar KarenShankar
1995Police LockupInspector Pratha
1995Hukumnama
1995Pathreela RastaInspector Arjun
1995Reshma
1995JawabRajeshwar
1995PaandavAshwin Kumar
1995Maidan-E-Jung S.P. Arun
1995Policewala GundaInspector Chauhan
1995Nazar Ke SamneBadshahan Khan
1995RajaRana Mahendra Pratap Garhwal
1995TaaqatPolice Inspector Khushwant Singh Bedi
1995GudduVikram Bahadur (Guddu's father)
1995Veer'Tiger'
1995BarsaatBaba (Badal's father)
1996Jagannath
1996HimmatInspector D'Souza
1996HimmatwarInspector Rajeshwar
1996Bal BrahmachariThakur Raghuveer Singh
1997Aakhri SanghurshShakti Singh
1997NazarrCommissioner
1997Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya
1997Judge MujrimMangal Singh
1998Mahayuddh
1998Keemat:They Are BackSuraj Pratap Singh
1998Zulm-O-SitamIns. Liyaqat Khan
1999JaalsaazAdvocate D.K. Khanna
1999International KhiladiBismillah (Devraj's Guardian)
2000GangLala
2000KhauffS.P. Jaidev Singh
2000Hera PheriPolice Inspector Prakash
2001Censor
2001Ek Aur Jung
2001Hamari Bahu
2003Tada
2004PlanAlibhai (Mussa's Boss)
2004Mission MumbaiInspector Indrajeet Hindi
2005Dhana 51Telugu film
2005HanumanHanuman (voice)
2005The Film
2009Chal ChaleinJustice Bharat Kumar
2010Barood : (The Fire) - A Love StoryAbhay Kumar
2012Akkad Bakkad Bam Be BoIns. Vikram
2012Krishna Aur KansAkroor (voice)
2014Ardha Gangu Ardha GondyaMarathi film
2014Rajadhi RajaSikhanderMalayalam film

See also

References

  1. "Mukesh Khanna is new chairperson of Children Film Society". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  2. "Mukesh Khanna appointed new CFSI chairperson". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  3. "Mukesh Khanna appointed chairperson of CFSI". DeshGujarat.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. "Mukesh Khanna to be New Children Film Society of India Chairperson – NDTV Movies". Movies.ndtv.com. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. Lakti, Navleen Kaur (12 October 2013). "Return of the desi superhero". hindustantimes.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  6. Phadke, Aparna (24 March 2012). "Mukesh Khanna's done with mythological serials!". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  7. "MP CM ropes in Mukesh Khanna to unveil `Shaktimaan' project". The Hindu. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  8. "Act One". indianexpress.com. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  9. "https://www.youtube.com//Mukeshkhanna"
  10. "https://www.youtube.com//BheeshmInternational"
  11. "Ssshhh...Phir Koi Hai". photogallery.navbharattimes.indiatimes.com.
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