Benjamin Gilani

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Benjamin Gilani (born 1946) is an Indian actor of film, television and theatre.[1] He portrayed Jawaharlal Nehru in the 1993 film Sardar. He also acted in the movie "Hum Dum".

Benjamin Gilani playing Estragon in Waiting for Godot at the Doon School.

He is a postgraduate from Delhi University[clarification needed] having studied and taught at St Stephen's College, Delhi, studied at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune 1972 batch, where Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were his batchmates.[2] Prior to FTII, he became a professor of English Literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi while remaining active in theatre in Delhi.[1]

He founded 'Motley Productions', a Mumbai-based theatre company in 1977, along with Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah, and Waiting For Godot was their first play on July 29, 1979 at Prithvi Theatre, the play was revived in 2009 for group's 30th anniversary celebrations.[3][4] He is currently hosting a quiz show on Disney Channel India, namely Disney Q Family Mastermind.



Year Film Character/Role
2009 8 x 10 Tasveer Jatin Puri
[[Bollywood films of 2005|2005] Page3] Waqt The race against time Film Director
1977 Alaap Kishan
1993 Sardar Jawaharlal Nehru
1985 Mirch Masala School Master

TV Series[edit]

Year/Period Serial name Character/Role Broadcast
1985–1987 Kathasagar Doordarshan 1993-1994 The Great Maratha DD Metro 1993–1997 Tara Zee TV
1995-1997 Itihaas (TV series) Rahul/Father Doordarshan
Rishtey Zee TV
Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan Sony
2002 Aamrapali Played Aamrapali's father Doordarshan Used to be telecasted every Sunday at 11 am
2004 Sahib Biwi Gulam Sahara One
Junoon Doordarshan
Bhootnath Bhootnath ( Title role ) Doordarshan
2005–2006 Hotel Kingston Govind Sahai Star One Thursday 9 p.m
2011–2012 Bunty Bubbly Ki Mummy Prashant Doordarshan Telecasted every Monday & Tuesday at 9:00 pm & re telecast every Saturday at 12 noon
2011–Present ( Continued ) Shamaa Doordarshan Telecasted Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm
Kaun Doordarshan
The Great Maratha - Nawab Shuja -Ud-Daula
Disney Q Family Mastermind Disney Channel


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