Parikshit Sahni

Parikshit Sahni (born 1 January 1940) is an Indian film and television actor, who is most known for playing the lead in TV series Barrister Vinod, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (Doordarshan) and Gaatha (STAR Plus).[1] He has also appeared in three of Rajkumar Hirani's blockbuster films Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, and PK.

Parikshit Sahni
Parikshit Sahni in 2011
Born (1940-01-01) 1 January 1940
Other namesParikshat Sahni, Ajay Sahni
Years active1968–present
Parent(s)Balraj Sahni (father)

He is the son of noted actor Balraj Sahni and nephew of writer Bhisham Sahni.

Early life

He was born while his father was teaching English at Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan of Rabindranath Tagore, and his mother was doing her Bachelors. Most of his schooling was done at the Lawrence school Sanawar. Then he went to study at Delhi's St. Stephen's College. Later, he began his career as a child artist.[2]

Personal life

Parikshit's parents were both theatre and film actors, although his mother acted in only a couple of films before her death at an early age in 1947. His father subsequently married his own cousin Santosh Chandhok two years later.

He is married to Dev Anand's niece Aruna Kapur.

He was a good friend of late actor Sanjeev Kumar. Parikshit even changed his screen name to Ajay Sahni at the suggestion of Sanjeev Kumar during the shooting of their 1968 film Anokhi Raat, before eventually reverting to his own name a few years later.[3][4]


One of his most famous films is 3 Idiots. where he got appreciation for playing R. Madhavan's father. He had a major role in the TV series Heena as Nawab Mirza, Heena's father. Heena ended in 2003. Sahni played Veer Singh (Kaka-sa) on the popular Zee serial Saat Phere opposite Nivedita Bhattacharya.

He starred in the classic Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989), with Raj Babbar, Pankaj Kapur, Kanwaljit Singh, and Deepti Naval. He played a remarkable role in the Hindi film Pavitra Paapi (1970) which was based on a Punjabi novel by Nanak Singh (a famous novelist). Pavitra Paapi also featured his real life father, Balraj Sahni in a pivotal role.

He acted in the Doordarshan television series The Great Maratha as Malhar Rao Holkar.

Selected filmography


2019 Housefull 4 Maraja Parikshitap
2016 Sultan Gyan Singh Oberoi
2015 Uvaa a Judge
2014 PK Mr. Sahni (Jaggu's father)
2013 Enemmy
2013 Boss Raghunath
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan Colonel Agnihotri
2010 Chance Pe Dance Mr. Behl
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Mr. Kapoor
2009 3 Idiots Mr. Qureshi
2006 Umrao Jaan Umrao's father
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai Victor's father
2002 Mujhse Dosti Karoge Mr. Verma
1996 Yash R. K. Joseph
1993 Shaktiman Superintendent of Police
1993 In Custody Siddiqui
1993 Police Wala Rakesh Nath
1992 Surajmukhi Unknown
1989 Marhi Da Deeva Dharam Singh
1988 Vijay Mehra, Nisha's father
1985 Meri Jung Dr. Dinesh Mathur
1984 Andar Baahar Police Inspector Ajay Sahani
1982 Desh Premee Ghulam Ali
1979 Kaala Patthar Jagga
1977 Jeevan Mukt Satish Sharma
1977 Jallian Wala Bagh Udham Singh
1977 Doosra Aadmi Bhisham
1976 Kabhie Kabhie Dr. R. P. Kapoor
1976 Tapasya Dr. Sagar Varma
1975 Mili Dr. Sanjay
1974 Vandana Rakesh
1973 Hindustan Ki Kasam Rajesh
1970 Aansoo Aur Muskan Mahesh
1970 Pavitra Paapi Kedarnath
1968 Anokhi Raat Painter
1951 Deedar Bhola

TV series

Serial nameCharacter/RoleBroadcast
1986 Katha Sagar Multiple Roles in Multiple Episodes Doordarshan
Barrister Vinod Barrister Vinod Doordarshan
1991 Gul Gulshan Gulfaam Doordarshan
1991–1992 Kahkashan Josh Malihabadi Doordarshan
1992–1993 Ajnabi self Doordarshan
1994 Chandrakanta Maharaja Surendra Singh (King of Naugarh) Doordarshan
1994 The Great Maratha Malhar Rao Holkar Doordarshan
2000–2001 Noorjahan Doordarshan
2000 Hare Kanch Ki Chudian DD Metro Telefilm
2002 Gul Gulshan Gulfaam Sahara TV Re-Telecast
Gaatha STAR Plus
1998–2003 Heena Nawab Mirza, Heena's father Sony TV
2004–2008 Saarrthi Hemraj Goenka STAR Plus
2005–2009 Saat Phere Veer Singh (Kaka-sa) Zee TV
2015–2017 Santoshi Mata Raghavendra Mishra & TV
2019 Ek Bhram...Sarvagun Sampanna Kishan Mittal Star Plus


  1. The Founding Father The Indian Express, 24 November 1997.
  2. Parikshit Sahni turns producer Archived 8 July 2012 at Mid Day, 4 May 2006. "..My dad came from a literary background and taught English Literature at Shantiniketan. My mom who was doing her Bachelor's degree there, was expecting me then, and was about to give her exams. Tagore told her that I should be called Parikshit as she was giving pariksha, while I was still in her womb."
  3. Ajay Sahni – Interview
  4. Parikshit Sahni talks about his best friend Sanjeev Kumar

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