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.
Mukesh Khanna in 2010
|Born||23 June 1958 (61)|
Bombay, India (present, Mumbai, India)
|Alma mater||Film and Television Institute of India|
|Years active||1980 – present|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
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. 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. 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.
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.
Khanna operates acting schools in Jaipur, Agra and Bihar 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.
Mukesh also had a YouTube channel - Mukesh Khanna, but it became defunct. He now runs a YouTube channel Bheeshm International.
|1997–2005||Shaktimaan||Shaktimaan/Pandit Gangadhar Shastri/Major Ranjit Singh/Shri Satya||Also Producer|
|2002–2003||Aryamaan – Brahmaand Ka Yodha||Aryamaan/Ojwan||Also Producer|
|2005||Ehsaas||Digvijaya Singh Rathore|
|2007||Sautela||Vikram Arya||Also Producer|
|2008||Kal Hamara Hai||Professor Vimal Kant Vishnoyi|
|2008||Waqt Batayega Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya||Biswajeet Raichowdhury|
|2009||Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai||Guruji|
|2012–2013||Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara||Purushottam Deewan|
|2013||Hamara Hero Shaktimaan||Shaktimaan||Also producer|
|1982||Waqt Ke Shahzade|
|1985||Mujhe Kasam Hai|
|1992||Tahalka||Major Krishna Rao|
|1992||Yalgaar||Mahendra Ashwini Kumar|
|1993||Meri Aan||Commissioner Ashfaque Khan|
|1993||Rani Aur Maharani|
|1994||Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo||Rai Bahadur Mahendra Pratap Singh|
|1994||Main Khiladi Tu Anari||Arjun Joglekar|
|1994||Aao Pyar Karen||Shankar|
|1995||Police Lockup||Inspector Pratha|
|1995||Pathreela Rasta||Inspector Arjun|
|1995||Policewala Gunda||Inspector Chauhan|
|1995||Nazar Ke Samne||Badshahan Khan|
|1995||Raja||Rana Mahendra Pratap Garhwal|
|1995||Taaqat||Police Inspector Khushwant Singh Bedi|
|1995||Guddu||Vikram Bahadur (Guddu's father)|
|1995||Barsaat||Baba (Badal's father)|
|1996||Bal Brahmachari||Thakur Raghuveer Singh|
|1997||Aakhri Sanghursh||Shakti Singh|
|1997||Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya|
|1997||Judge Mujrim||Mangal Singh|
|1998||Keemat:They Are Back||Suraj Pratap Singh|
|1998||Zulm-O-Sitam||Ins. Liyaqat Khan|
|1999||Jaalsaaz||Advocate D.K. Khanna|
|1999||International Khiladi||Bismillah (Devraj's Guardian)|
|2000||Khauff||S.P. Jaidev Singh|
|2000||Hera Pheri||Police Inspector Prakash|
|2001||Ek Aur Jung|
|2004||Plan||Alibhai (Mussa's Boss)|
|2004||Mission Mumbai||Inspector Indrajeet||Hindi|
|2005||Dhana 51||Telugu film|
|2009||Chal Chalein||Justice Bharat Kumar|
|2010||Barood : (The Fire) - A Love Story||Abhay Kumar|
|2012||Akkad Bakkad Bam Be Bo||Ins. Vikram|
|2012||Krishna Aur Kans||Akroor (voice)|
|2014||Ardha Gangu Ardha Gondya||Marathi film|
|2014||Rajadhi Raja||Sikhander||Malayalam film|
- "Mukesh Khanna is new chairperson of Children Film Society". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Mukesh Khanna appointed new CFSI chairperson". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Mukesh Khanna appointed chairperson of CFSI". DeshGujarat.com. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Mukesh Khanna to be New Children Film Society of India Chairperson – NDTV Movies". Movies.ndtv.com. 23 April 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- 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.
- Phadke, Aparna (24 March 2012). "Mukesh Khanna's done with mythological serials!". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "MP CM ropes in Mukesh Khanna to unveil `Shaktimaan' project". The Hindu. 27 September 2007. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "Act One". indianexpress.com. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "Ssshhh...Phir Koi Hai". photogallery.navbharattimes.indiatimes.com.