No matter what we say, it will be very difficult to realize the contribution of Sandeep Mehta in the television and movie industry. He is undoubtedly one of the finest actors to have worked in the Indian television world.

Sandeep Mehta has been a part of some of the most popular soaps on television. Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is probably the highlight of his television career. He plays the all important role of Rajshekhar Singhania in the series aired on Star Plus. Some of his other works on television include “Paalki” which was a story of Palak, Pranjal and Daksh, “ Kasturi” which was a serial revolving around the life of a young middle class woman who starts working for an arrogant and popular rockstar, and Kaisi Laagi Lagan which aired on Sahara One and was a story about a girl named Pratha who was singlehandedly raised by her mother since she was 5 years old. His roles in each of these projects have been crucial to the script and have been well appreciated.

He even made a prominent mark in the movie industry with a number of names in his resume. Mission Kashmir in 2000 was a critically acclaimed movie. Mehta was a part of this successful venture. Other names in the list include Paap in 2003 and Kalyug in 2005.
In most of his projects, he hasn’t really been playing the lead, but has managed to leave an impact on the viewers’ minds even from the sidelines. He was also appreciated for his work with the nomination in the STAR Parivaar Award for Favourite Sasur.
Ravi Kishan Hindi Actor

Ravi Kishan

Ravi Kishan Shukla, or ostentatiously known by his stage name of Ravi Kishan, is a Bhojpuri film and television artist. Kishan has also acted in many well-known Bollywood movies such as "Tere Naam", "Phir Hera Pheri", "Pitambar", "Raavan", "Welcome to Sajjanpur", and "Luck", among many others. Kishan was also a finalist on the 2006 season of the reality television show, Bigg Boss. The year of 2012 also saw him as a participant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5. Kishan is also affiliated with the Indian National Congress Party. Kishan was brought up in a Brahmin family in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. Even though his family wasn’t well off, Kishan’s first paycheck of Rs. 5000 for his movie debut in the 1992 Mithun Chakraborty starrer, "Pitambar", meant a lot to his family. In 1994, Kishan featured in the Akshay Kumar starrer, "Zakhmi Dil", the Kanti Shah-directed, "Aag Aur Chingari", and the 'Jeetendra' and Moushumi Chatterjee starrer, "Udhaar Ki Zindagi". 1996 saw Kishan in the Pran starrer, "Lalchee", the Bollywood remake of the movie, ‘Jaws’, titled "Aatank", and the Mukul Anand-produced, "Army". The following year saw Kishan in the Raj N. Sippy-directed, "Koi Kisi Se Kam Nahin", the Dharmendra starrer, "Agnee Morcha", and the Sanjay Khan-directed television series, "Jai Hanuman". In 1998, Kishan featured in Chetan Anand’s drama film, "Kudrat", the Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan starrer, "Keemat", and the Mithun Chakraborty starrer war movie, "Aaya Toofan". The start of the millennium decade saw Kishan in the Tinnu Anand starrer, "500 Ka Note", and was casted alongside Mithun Chakraborty in the action flick, "Marshal". But it was in the Satish Kaushik-directed, "Tere Naam", that Kishan started gaining recognition for his portrayal of a priest. The movie also featured Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawla in the lead roles. Kishan also had a supporting role in the Anti-Sikh riot film, "Hawayein", which also was the debut of the actress, Mahie Gill. The millennium decade also saw Kishan feature in the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed, "Aan: Men at Work", the director, Neeraj Vohra’s comedy, "Phir Hera Pheri", the Shreyas Talpade starrer, "Welcome to Sajjanpur", the Soham Shah-directed, "Luck", and Vijay Anand’s Bhojpuri drama, "Ram Balram". Kishan has also had a brief, yet memorable role in Mani Ratnam’s thriller, "Raavan", the Shyam Benegal-directed political satire, ‘Well Done Abba’, the Sanjay Dutt starrer, "Zilla Ghaziabad", and the Telugu flick, "Kick 2". Besides, Kishan pocketed the rights to dub "Spiderman 3" in Bhojpuri, making it the first Hollywood movie to be done so. Another Version of this Bio... Ravi Kishan is also known as Ravi Kishan Shukla. He is a well known personality on television and the big screen, who has acted both in Indian, as well as Bhojpuri films. The 43-year-old actor from Jaunpur is a household name in Bhojpuri cinema, and has made his foray into Indian television through his participation in the controversial show, 'Bigg Boss', which made his name known outside the Bhojpuri cinema in a big way. When he came to Mumbai, he had to undergo a lot of struggle in his early days and had to run after various directors and producers before he established himself as a successful Bhojpuri actor. In the year 2008, he co-hosted an extraordinary reality show about ordinary people and their journey to stardom. The show was basically a platform to hunt for an untrained singer who can capture the hearts of millions with the unique combination of singing and entertainment quotient. Ravi Kishan has worked as a host on the television reality show, ‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka’, which was broadcasted by NDTV Imagine, and the show went on the air for two seasons, which was a huge success among viewers due to its unique concept. He got a chance to work with movie directors such as Mani Ratnam and Shyam Benegal, and also starred in the movie, ‘Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein’, produced by PUN films, and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the year 2010. He was the voice behind the Bhojpuri version of "Spiderman 3", wherein he dubbed the voice of Spiderman, making the film to be the first even Hollywood blockbuster film to be dubbed in Bhojpuri. The actor even tried his hand at politics, but his political career did not take off since he lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jaunpur Constituency. Ravi Kishan has been awarded as the Best Bhojpuri Actor, time and again. In the year 2008, he was awarded the Most Popular Actor at the ETV Bhojpuri Cinema Samman and is also the proud recipient of the Best Actor award in the regional film category by the Journalist Association of India, awarded by Shila Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi. This versatile actor has proved his talent in Bhojpuri as well as several Hindi films like 'Zakhmi Dil' (1994), 'Keemat' (1998), 'Aan: Men at Work (2004), 'Money Hai Toh Honey Hai' (2009), 'Luck' (2009), and 'Agent Vinod' (2012), to name a few. Another Version of this Bio... Ravi Kishan Shukla is a well-known actor in both Hindi and Bhojpuri cinema. Born on 17th July, 1971, in Uttar Pradesh, he is the son of Pt. Shyama Narayan Shukla and Jadavati Devi. Ravi Kishan got the ETV Bhojpuri best actor Samman in 2008, along with fellow actor, Ajit Kumar Singh. He got married to his childhood love, Preeti, and has four children with her, one son and three daughters. He starred in the Indian version of the American show, Big Brother, called 'Bigg Boss', but, unfortunately, did not win the show. Recently, he has appeared in the show, 'Ek Se Bahdkar Ek'. He also co-hosted the celebrity-based show, ‘Bathroom Singers’, in 2008. He even hosted the show, ‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Kaa’, which was a big hit with the Indian audience and was aired on NDTV. He starred in a film, a project started by an American company called PUNS films, and was showcased in a film festival. The film received a lot of good reviews from its viewers. He was also a judge on the ETV show, ‘Sales Ka Bazigar’, in the year 2013. He then went on to have a career in politics and is now a member of the Indian National Congress, and is the representative in the Jaunpur district, his hometown, and the place where his parents still live. During the dubbing of the movie ‘Spiderman 3’, Ravi Kishan was approached to give the voice to the character played by the actor, Toby McGuire. This movie was the first movie to be dubbed in Bhojpuri in the Indian Dubbing Industry. Later on, he created a superhero film of his own. Ravi Kishan also appeared on the celebrity dance show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', season five, however, he got eliminated and secured the 10th place. He will be starring in the upcoming films, 'Ballia Ke Dabangai', 'Ranbanka', and 'Love Aur Rajneeti'. Another Version of this Bio... Ravi Kishan Shukla is a popular Indian actor, who works in Hindi and Bhojpuri films. He is extremely popular, especially in the Bhojpuri cinema. He has won the prestigious, Most Popular Actor award at ETV Bhojpuri Cinema Samman function. Ravi Kishan, born to a poor Brahmin family, had four siblings of which he was the youngest. Their family managed their expenses with the help of a small dairy business, run by his father, Shyam Shukla, who was also the priest in the temple. They had to close their business due to some disputes, as a result of which, they had to relocate to Jaunpur, M.P, their hometown. Fed up with the lifestyle and education, he came to Mumbai to look out for something interesting. While doing several jobs to manage his daily expenses, he got his first chance to act in the film, 'Tere Naam', as a priest. He began to do roles whichever came in his way, and as time went on, he became very popular, which had given him to work with the biggies like Mani Ratnam and Shyam Benegal. His notable films are 'Agnee Morcha', 'Zakhmi Dil', 'Money Hai Toh Honey Hai', 'Aan: Men at Work', 'Justice Chowdhary', and so on. He is also very good in dubbing. He has given background voices to several artists. His notable work includes the voice of Tobey Maguire’s voice in Spiderman 3. Although, well known in the film circuit, he rose to fame in the television circuit after active participation in top hit shows like 'Ek Se Badhkar Ek', 'Jalwe Sitaron Ke', 'Bathroom Singer', and 'Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka', of which he has even hosted some of them. He also participated in 'Bigg Boss', 2013. In the same year, Ravi Kishan judged the TV show, "Sales ka Baazigar", a talent hunt for the best salespersons in the country. Ravi Kishan and Ajit Kumar Singh starred in a film produced by PUN Films, an American film company. The film was screened in the 2010’s Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Indian Pavilion. Since then, he has joined the Indian National Congress, and he has been an active participant in politics. Currently, he is married to Preeti, with whom he has four children - one son and three daughters. His entire family consists of around 20 members. Another Version Of This Bio: Ravi Kishan is a famous Indian television actor and film star. He is one star whose name is synonymous with the Bhojpuri industry. Ravi was born on 17 July 1971 in Jaunpur district Uttar Pradesh as Ravi Kishan Shukla. He was brought up in Santacruz, Mumbai. He was the youngest child in the family. He is married to Preeti Kishan, and the couple has four children. He owes his inspiration of entering films to the legend Amitabh Bachchan. Ravi is a simple and happy going person. He is a sincere devotee of Lord Shiva, and this fact is evident as he recites ‘Har Har Mahadev’ many a times. Although Ravi was an unrecognized actor initially, yet he gained stardom with his sincerity and dedication. He started with a B-grade film in Bollywood. He also worked in TV series ‘Jai Hanuman.’ Since he hailed from a poor family with a weak financial background, he came with an aim to make money. But soon he realized that he has an interest in acting and filmmaking. He was inspired by Amitabh Bachchan movies. His first recognized role was in the Bollywood movie ‘Tere Naam’ starring Salman Khan as lead, where he played Rameshwar – The Priest. As Bollywood did not get him much fame, he tried his luck in Bhojpuri cinema. He did numerous movies such as ‘Raja Bhai Lagey Raho,’ ‘Gehri Chaal,’ ‘Bhoomiputra,’ ‘Bidai’ and much more. He simultaneously became a part of Television industry. He was a contestant on Big Boss show in 2006 and reached the finale. He even did hosting for shows such as ‘Ek Se Badhkar Ek- Jalwe Sitaron Ke,’ ‘Bathroom Singer,’ and ‘Raaz Pichle Janam ka.’ In 2012, he participated in Dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’ showing his inherent dance skills. In the following year, he judges the Television show ‘Sales Ka Bazigar.’ He was recently seen in Hindi movies such as ‘Ghayal Once Again,' ‘Bullet Raja,’ and ‘Lucky Kabootar.' Ravi was awarded the most popular actor award at the ETV Bhojpuri Samman in 2008. He has also joined Indian National Congress. His movie ‘Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein’ was especially showcased at Cannes Films Festival 2010. He has also worked for few Telugu films. Ravi will be seen in major roles in the upcoming Bhojpuri and Hindi films-‘Love Aur Rajneeti,’ ‘Dishoom,’ ‘Pandit Ji Batai Na Biyah Kab hoi 2.’


Sanjay Sugaonkar

Sanjay Sugaonkar is a well-known face in the Marathi theatre fraternity and has acted in plays like ‘Sasrebuva Jara Japun’ and ‘Makadachya Hati’. He attained national exposure and became known to people outside the mentioned spectrum with the show ‘Rukh Jaana Nahi’, in which he played the role of a pandit (priest), Sitaram Panda. The story of the show revolved around the female protagonist, Sanchi, who belonged to an ordinary family and struggled and fought every day to break out of the social confines the society built around her. Sitaram Panda was a well-intentioned priest who tried to help Sanchi once by telling Indu, the local goon head over heels over Sanchi and wanting to tie the knot with her as soon as possible, and his mother that she would die if Indu married Sanchi. His wife and son were, on the contrary, antagonists although the son saw the error of his ways towards the end and turned into a protagonist. Recently, he was part of the PIFF (Pune International Film Festival) nominated movie ‘Halal’ (2016). Sugaonkar’s acting career, despite his experience and ability, has been unfortunately understated on the whole. Every performance of his, regardless of the magnitude of the role, makes you wonder how an actor so consistent in his stoic performances remains so unheralded. Being someone who mainly performs in theater, his ability to mould into and play different characters with immaculate ease is usually on full display. With more and more impetus now starting to be given to efficient actors, it might only be a matter of time till actors like Sugaonkar are given due appreciation for their hard work and talent.

Sanjay Sugaonkar Hindi Actor