Back in the year 1988, when Mahabharat first went on air , on channel Doordarshan, it was not expected from the show that it will a super-hit. But it became the part of people’s life and become their weekend routine . The epic show was produced and directed by late film-maker BR Chopra and his son, late Ravi Chopra.
Today, we are making our readers aware of the great star-cast and some more details about them.
Let’s have a look:
1. Nitish Bharadwaj as Shri Krishna
A veterinary doctor and former Lok Sabha member, Nitish Bhardwaj acted as Shri Krishna in the show . He gained much popularity after his great performance . He is also a director and screenwriter, who last appeared in the 2018 romantic-drama, Kedarnath.
2. Gajendra Chauhan as Yudhishthir
Gajendra Chauhan has been leading a great career . He played the role of Yudhisthir in the show . In a career spanning 34 years, he did 600 shows . Also , he is the Ex-chairman of FTII and was last seen in the 2017 series Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman.
3. Praveen Kumar as Bhim
Praveen Kumar, who played Bhim, is an athlete who competed in two Olympics and the Asian Games, even winning four medals in the latter. He appeared in various movies, and later, joined politics. However, due to health issues , he quit both, politics and acting.
4. Arjun (Firoz Khan) as Arjuna
An alumnus of Smt. MMK College of Commerce and Economics, Firoz Khan played the role of Arjuna, but his filmography also includes hits like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Tirangaa, Karan Arjun, etc. In 2016, he made his web series debut with I Don’t Watch TV.
5. Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi
A member of the Rajya Sabha, Roopa Ganguly is one of the most prolific actors on the list. She is also a playback singer and even won a National award for Best Female Playback Singer for Abosheshey.
6. Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma Pitamah
Mukesh Khanna played Bhishma Pitamah on the show . He gained fame for his portrayal of Shaktimaan . Founder and director of MK Films, he currently runs a YouTube channel, Bheeshm International and operates acting schools in Jaipur, Bihar, and Agra.
7. Puneet Issar as Duryodhan
Puneet acted as Duryodhan in Mahabharat . The Actor, director, and writer Puneet Issar’s filmography includes movies like Border, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Son of Sardaar, etc. He was the contestant in season 8 of Bigg Boss. He last appeared in the 2019 play, Raavan.
8. Pankaj Dheer as Karna
One of the popular actor Pankaj Dheer acted as Karn in the epic show. He has been a part of movies like Soldier, Taarzan, Zameen, etc. and shows like Sasuraal Simar Ka, Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev, Badho Bahu, etc.
9. Gufi Paintal as Shakuni
The role of that cunning Shakuni Mama was played by Gufi Paintal . He became much popular and gained recognition for his portrayal of such character. After that , he did movies and shows like Dillagi, Akbar Birbal, and the latest, Karn Sangini.
10. Girija Shankar as Dhritrashtra
Though Dhritrashtra remains the most popular role of his career, Girija Shankar also appeared in other shows, like Alif Laila, as well as Hindi, Punjabi, and Tamil movies.
11. Renuka Israni as Gandhari
Renuka Israni acted as Gandhari in the show and got this opportunity at a young age of 22 years . She debuted from the famous daily soap Hum Log, . She continued her career in television, and last appeared in the show, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain before taking a break from acting.
12. Nazneen as Kunti
Nazneen acted as Kunti in Mahabharat . Before her role as Kunti , Nazneen was a popular actor of her era and played various characters in the movies like 1974 hit Kora Kagaz, the 1976 Chalte Chalte and the 1977 Dildaar.
13. Surendra Pal as Guru Dronacharya
Surendra Pal is a great actor and has been doing shows since Mahabharat in 1988 to Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev in 2011, . He has been the part of many shows as well as movies like Jodha Akbar, Airlift, etc. He was last seen in the show called Prithvi Vallabh – Itihaas Bhi, Rahasya Bhi.