Puneet Issar

Puneet Issar is an Indian actor and director. He is most famous for his role as Duryodhana in the Mahabharat TV show (1988–1990), and directing Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) starring Salman Khan.[1] His other notable roles are in Border, (a 1997 war film), directed by J. P. Dutta, and second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983.

Puneet Issar
Issar in 2014
Born
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor/Writer/Director
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Deepali Issar

He started his career with the movie Coolie in 1983. During the filming of an action sequence of this movie, he accidentally injured Amitabh Bachchan nearly fatally[2][3] and suffered the industry's backlash due to it.

Issar participated in the Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss season 8 in 2014-2015.[4][5]

Career

Issar starred as a villain in several movies (over 150 Hindi films and 100 non-Hindi) during the 1980s and 1990s, such as Zakhmi Aurat, Jagruti, Kal Ki Aawaz, Palay Khan, Teja, Prem Shakti and many more, which include the Mohanlal starrers Yodha and Pingami; Salman Khan starrers Sanam Bewafa, Chandramukhi and Suryavanshi; Akshay Kumar starrer Aashant and multi-starrers such as Kshatriya. He also played a villain in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ram Jaane. He appeared in the hit war film Border. In 1982 he was involved in an on-shoot incident with Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh got seriously hurt and many blamed Puneet for the accident. He later admitted that he had to face a lot of problems in getting roles in movies due to the notoriety of the incident. Some people even misunderstood that Amitabh's clout might have had affected his career very much, but he clearly stated that this was untrue. He played the role of Duryodhana in the epic TV series Mahabharat (1988–1990), directed by Ravi Chopra. It was this role that gained him mainstream popularity. He along with other actors of the epic TV show often toured the whole of India and even abroad to perform live shows based on the epic throughout the 90's.

He played the Indian Superman (1987 film), a Bollywood version of the Hollywood movies. He played the second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983. Later he did many other horror movies such as Tehkhana in the 1980s.

He also starred in movies such as Krrish, Partner, Aryan, Bachna Ae Haseeno and many more in the 2000s.

He has also directed TV serials such as Hindustani and Jai Mata Ki starring Hema Malini.[5] He has starred in over 12 TV serials such as Junoon, Sahil, Noor Jahan, Vikram Aur Betaal and many more. He has appeared in over 1800 episodes on Indian television. He played the role of King Bimbisara in the feature film Gautama Buddha – The Life and Times of Gautama Buddha. He also starred in Left Right Left of the Indian Channel Sab TV. He has also worked in a number of Punjabi films such as Rab Ne Banayian Jodiyan and in a few Telugu films. He has also given a brilliant display of his acting skills in the mythological film Suryaputra Shanidev, which released in 1997.

In 2004, Issar directed the film Garv: Pride and Honour starring Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in lead roles. The opening collections of the film were good, and overall it was declared "Above Average" at the box office.[6] His latest directorial venture I Am Singh, the story of which is also written by him, released in December 2011. The film did average critically and commercially.

In 2013, Paras Lubricants Ltd signed Mr Puneet Issar as their Brand Ambassador for their range of Automotive Oils and Lubricants.[7] [7] [8][8] [9] [9] He also played the role of Parashurama in the recent TV series Mahabharat. He then went on to playing the role of "Daar Ji" in Bani Ishq Da Kalma.

Puneet participated in the Indian TV reality show BIGG BOSS season 8, in 2014/2015. He made it to the grand finale and was one of the 7 finalists. He was evicted from the TV show Bigg Boss season 8 on 3 January 2015. His was the last and final eviction before the season 8 of BIGG BOSS ended and a spin-off series titled Halla-Bol started. Puneet lasted in the house for 105 days. At 56, he was the oldest contestant to do so and last the entire season in the house.

Personal life

Puneet Issar is the son of film director Sudesh Issar. He is married to Deepali, daughter of Punjabi actor Diljit Puri and Bengali singer Ashita Puri, and sister of Satyajeet Puri (famous child star of the 60's, 70's and 80's ). Puneet has two children, a daughter and a son, Nivriti and Siddhant. Other than being a trained actor himself, Puneet has worked as a speech, diction and method acting professor. He also is a trained mixed-martial-artist and is skilled in kung-fu, karate, boxing and wrestling.

Selected filmography

Actor

Year FilmRoleLanguage
1983 CoolieBobHindi
1984 Raja Aur Rana
1984 Purana Mandir
1985 3D Saamri
1986 Janbaaz
1986 Palay Khan
1986 Dahleez
1986 Tahkhana
1987 Pyar Ki Jeet
1987 Hathyar
1987 Superman (1987 film)Shekhar/Superman
1987 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1987 Watan ke rakhwale
1987 Awam
1988 Akhri Muqabla
1988 Zakhmi Aurat
1988 Zalzala
1988 Main Tere Liye
1988 Kasam
1989 Elaan e Jung
1990 Roti Ki Keemat
1990 Tejaa
1990 Jaan Lada Denge
1991 Sanam Bewafa
1991 Meet Mere Man Ke
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi
1992 Kal Ki Awaz
1992 Jaagruti
1992 Suryavanshi
1992 YodhaVishakha (black magician)Malayalam
1993 Shri Krishna Bhakta NarsiHindi
1993 Chandra MukhiZoohlaHindi
1993 AshaantRaanaHindi
1993 AnmolHindi
1993 KhalnayikaHindi
1993 KshatriyaShakti SinghHindi
1993 Zakhmi RoohHindi
1993 I Love IndiaTamil
1993 UzhaippaliTamil
1994 PingamiEdwin ThomasMalayalam
1994 Prem Shakti
1994 Yaar GaddarHindi
1994 SamratKannada
1994 Kranti KshetraHindi
1994 Athiradi PadaiTamil
1994 ChinnaKannada
1994 RasikaKannada
1994 CheetahHindi
1994 Time BombKannada
1995 Ram JaaneInspector ChewteHindi
1995 HathkadiHindi
1995 Bhagya DebataBengali
1995 JalladBolaHindi
1996 MuqadarParashuramHindi
1997 BorderSubedar Ratan SinghHindi
1997 MasterDevaraju aka DR, a mafia donTelugu
1997 SurajMangal SinghHindi
1997 DaadagiriDhanrajHindi
1997 JodidarPoacherHindi
1997 Suryaputra Shani-devShani devHindi
1997 KrantikariHindi
1998 Sher-E-HindustanPolice inspector Khulbhushan(father Kranti) Hindi
1998 ChandaalPolice inspector Khurana Hindi
1999 JaalsaazPratap SinghHindi
2000 RefugeeHindi
2001 Zakhmi SipahiChhota ChaudharyHindi
2001 BhairavJindalHindi
2002 Indrashoukat ali khanTelugu
2003 TagoreTelugu
2004 Vajra-The WeaponHindi
2005 Allari PiduguTelugu
2005 Bunty Aur BabliHindi
2005 KasakHindi
2005 NarasimhuduTelugu
2006 AryanHindi
2006 KrrishHindi
2006 Rab Ne Banaiyan JodieanPunjabi
2006 Humko Deewana Kar GayeHindi
2007 Gautama BuddhaAnguli MalaHindi
2007 PartnerHindi
2008 Bachna Ae HaseenoHindi
2008 God Tussi Great HoHindi
2008 Satyamev JayateBengali
2008 The Wheel of Action HighwayHindi
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De MelePunjabi
2010 JoshBengali
2011 Yamla Pagla DeewanaHindi
2011 ReadyHindi
2011 I Am SinghFateh SinghHindi
2011 ChhutankiHindi
2012 Qayamat Hi QayamatHindi
2012 Son of SardaarSardar[10]Hindi
2012 Best of LuckJarnail SinghPunjabi
2012 Jai Maharashtra Dhaba BhatindaMarathi
2014 FatehPratap SinghPunjabi
2015 Besh Korechi Prem KorechiBengali
2019iSmart ShankarTelugu

Television

Year(s)SerialRoleChannel
1987Kahan Gaye Woh LogDoordarshan
1987Param Vir ChakraDoordarshan
1988Bharat Ek KhojMaharana PratapDoordarshan
1985Vikram Aur BetaalDoordarshan
1988–1990MahabharatDuryodhanaDoordarshan
1993–1995JunoonDon Saudagar SinghDoordarshan
1993–1994Bhagavatam(By Bapu)RavanaETV Telugu
1994–1995SahilDoordarshan
1995–1996GhutanDoordarshan
1996–1998HindustaniCommissioner Sangram SinghDoordarshan
1997-1998Betaal Pachisi
1999–2000Jai Mata KiMahishasurDoordarshan
1999–2000Noorjahan (TV Series)Doordarshan
2006–2007Left Right LeftBrigadier ChandokSAB TV
2007Love StorySAB TV and Sony Entertainment Television
2008Neeli AankhenSahara One
2011Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree KrishnKing Jarasandh of MagadhImagine TV
2011Kahaani Chandrakanta KiKing ShivduttSahara One
2013Bani Ishq Da KalmaGurudev Singh Bhullar (Daarji)Colors TV
2013MahabharatParshuraamStar Plus
2014Bigg Boss 8Contestant - Evicted on Day 105 on 3 January 2015Colors
2018NamuneDhanajiSony Sab

Director, producer

Year(s) Film/TVRole
1974 SaudaAssistant Director
1974 The CheatAssistant Director
1977 Khoon PasinaAssistant Director
1979 Mr. NatwarlalAssistant Director
1980 Do Aur Do PaanchAssistant Director
1980 DostanaAssistant Director
1981 Prem GeetCo/associate Director
1981 CommanderAssistant Director
1981 YaaranaAssistant Director
1982 Johnny I Love YouAssistant Director
1985 Kali BastiCo/associate Director
1986 JwalaCo/associate Director
1987 Bhai Ka Dushman BhaiCo/associate Director
1988 Akhri MuqablaCo/associate Director
1996–1998 Hindustani – T.V SeriesDirector
1999–2000 Jai Mata Ki – T.V SeriesDirector
2004 GarvDirector
2011 I Am SinghDirector and Contract(Executive or line) producer
2015 Born To Be KingDirector and Contract(Executive or line) producer

Web Series

YearTitleRolePlatformNotes
2019ParchhayeeMaharaja Digambar SinghZEE5

See also

References

  1. "Super cop". The Hindu. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. "Cirrhosis of liver struck teetotaller Big B after Coolie". The Times of India. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. "Contracted liver cirrhosis from donor, Big B writes in blog". Indian Express. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. "I am praying for him again". The Times of India. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. "The producers thought Garv would never release". Rediff.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  7. "Puneet Issar – Brand Ambassador for Paras Lubricants". Palco.co.in. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. "Paras Lubricants signs Mr Puneet Issar as Brand Ambassador". onlineprnews.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  9. "Paras Lubricants Ltd". facebook.com. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  10. "Time to workout - Indian Express".
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