Remember the 1988 Mahabharata (BR Chopra’s), the show for which we all starved; and remember the Balram from that show? Yes, Balram was played by this very man here. Sagar Salunke is most known and recognized for his role in Mahabharata as Balram (the elder brother of Lord Krishna). After the success of Mahabharata, Salunke got many opportunities to work in the famous Hindi movies such as Hindustani (1996 it is a Hindi dubbed version of Kamal Hasan’s Tamil Movie "Indian"), Ganga Jamuna Saraswati ( starer movie, released in 1988), , Zindagi Ek Juaa and many others. He is doing the role of detective in a crime drama “Savdhan India”.
It might be a surprise, but Mr. Salunke is a Former Assistant Commissioner of Police. He voluntarily took a retirement to make his passion of acting turn into reality. He was posted to Santacruz Police Station when he first got the call for the role of Balram. But eventually, he got the permission to work for his ambition. He has now been doing his duty for more than 32 years. He did never let his passion affect his work. Luckily, he got posted to small police stations which had less work and so he was able to give plenty amount of time to his hobby. Initially, Salunke was seen doing the role of Bhima in Mahabharata, but then eventually Bhima was given to Praveen (two times Asian Games Gold Medallist) and Salunke was finalized as Balram. Here’s another supervise, Sagar Salunke is in touch with a fan.
This fan recognized him at Immigration Department of the airport; he called him out Balram out loud. And since then Balram is still in contact with his fan.