Puneet Issar is a prominent Indian actor and brilliant director. He was born on November 6, 1959 to film director, Sudesh Issar. He was married to Deepali, sister of popular actor,
. They have two children namely, Nivriti and Siddhant. Besides being a trained actor, he is also a professor of speech, method acting and diction. He also learnt mixed martial arts and he was skilled in wrestling, kung-fu, karate and boxing.
Puneet was first seen in the Bollywood action comedy film, Coolie which stars in 1983. One of the action scene in this film requires him to punch Amitabh Bachchan and the punch accidentally falls into his abdomen which injures him severely. Although Amitabh understand that things like that can happen while on shoot, many people blamed Puneet for the incident and he admitted that he encounter some difficulties in bagging roles in films because of the notoriety of the said incident. Moving on, the actor was usually acted as a villain in most of his films during the 80s and 90s including the Prem Shakti, Zakhmi Aurat, Teja, Jagruti, Palay Khan, Kal Ki Aawaz and more. He was also part of the Mohanlal starrer films, Pingami and Yodha and also in
’s films like Chandramukhi, suriyavanshi and Sanam Bewafa. He played as a villain in the film Aashant which stars and also in Ram Jaane with Shahrukh Khan. He also played as Subedar Ratan Singh in the box-office Bollywood war film, Border. He bagged the role of Anand in the Hindi feature film, Purana Mandir in 1984 and in 1987, he appeared in the Bollywood version of Superman. During the 80’s, Puneet has done various Horror films including Tehkhana. In 1997, he got the opportunity to act in the mythological film, Suryaputra Shanidev. He was also starred in films like Krrish,
Bachna Ae Haseeno
, Aryan, Partner and a lot more in year 2000s. In 2008, he essayed the role of Anguli Mala in the multilingual feature film, Gautama Buddha; a film based on the life of the Buddha. Puneett also acted in various Punjabi films including the Rab Ne Banayian Jodiyan. Puneet has donned more than 150 Hindi films and a hundred regional films.
In 1988, he played as Duryodhana in the epic series, Mahabharat under the direction of
. His performance in the show gained him more fame and popularity. He, along with other casts toured around India to perform live shows about the epic during the 90s. He was also starred in television serials like Sahil,
Vikram Aur Betaal
, Junoon and more. Puneet appeared in more than 1800 episodes in television. Puneet was also part of SAB TV’s Left Right Left. He also played as Lord Parshurama in the latest mythological drama series, Mahabharat in 2013. Recently, he joined the reality show,
on Colors TV.
In 2004, he directed the action film, Garv: Pride and Honour which stars Salman Khan and
. The film was Above Average in the box-office. In 2011, he also directed the Bollywood film, I Am Singh which is based on the stories about the Sikh immigrants in U.S. after the September 11 attack.
Puneet signed as the Brand Ambassador of the Paras Lubricants Ltd in 2013.