Most children born in the 90s era would be familiar with the swanky yet graceful, only Indian superhero “
Shaktimaan”, and almost every household in India would have witnessed, and loved the character of Bhishma Pitamah in B.R.Chopra’s cult classic Mahabharat. Both these roles were portrayed excellently by the magical Indian actor, producer, and director, Mukesh Khanna.
Mukesh Khanna graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India where
Naseeruddin Shah and
Shakti Kapoor were his classmates. He rose to fame with his role of Bhishma Pitamah, who was the grandfather of Pandavas and Kauravas, in B.R.Chopra directed, Mahabharat. He received immense applause by people from the film and television fraternity for his performances on the show. Khanna was also highly committed and loyal to his job.
When Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms remade Mahabharat in 2013, under the title “
Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki” he claimed that her show wouldn’t find much success, because the Mahabharat that he was cast in had actors, whereas her show had models as characters. He also declined Kapoor’s offer of the role of Shantanu. From the year 1997 to 2005, Khanna played the role of the reputed Indian superhero Shaktimaan, which aired over 500 episodes of the show. The show amassed immense popularity, and Khanna became a household name in India.
After completing the show, he was also cast in the sci-fi Hindi series titled Aryaman which was financed by Khanna’s production house “Bheeshma International”. He has also featured in various television series Waqt Batayega, Ehsaas, Yug, Deewar, Maryaada, and Chandrakanta. He ventured into films with Roohi and Waqt Ke Shehzaade in 1981. Saudagar, International Khiladi, Tahalka, Main Khiladi Tu Anari and
Hera Pheri marked some of his prominent movie roles. He has also appeared briefly in more than 50 films, inclusive of Hindi, Marathi and Telugu languages.
He has also been a bachelor ever since people know him. Khanna is also the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society of India.