2 June 1963 |
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Producer[Screenwriting]|
|Years active||1987- present|
Smita Gate(2009 - present)
Nitish Bharadwaj (born 2 June 1963), also called Nitesh Bharadwaj (Hindi: नितीश भारद्वाज) is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter and former member of the Indian Parliament Lok Sabha. He is best known for his portrayal of Lord Krishna in B. R. Chopra's television series Mahabharat, as well as for his portrayal of several Avatars of Vishnu in some of Chopra's other works, such as Vishnu Puran. His debut directorial film in Marathi titled 'Pitruroon' has won him accolades from both the audiences & critics and he now focusses on his film career entirely through screenwriting, directing & acting. Academically Nitish is a qualified veterinary surgeon from Bombay Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai.
Television and films
Nitish Bharadwaj has starred in many Marathi movies like Anapekshit, 'Pasanta ahe Mulgi' as well as in a highly acclaimed Malayalam movie Njan Gandharvan (1991) directed by P. Padmarajan. He directed a historical TV serial titled Gita Rahasya, Apraadhi for Star TV & a few documentary films. Currently Nitish judged a Marathi dance reality show on ETV Marathi Jallosh Survanayugacha with Sudha Chandran and Ramesh Deo. Nitish made his film direction debut in 2013 with a Marathi film starring Tanuja, Suhas Joshi and Sachin Khedekar titled Pitru Roon. The film is based on a novella by Sudha Murthy. The film was acclaimed by both the critics & the audiences. Pitruroon received many nominations & awards but also gave Nitish the prestigious Maharashtra State Film Award as the 2nd Best Director of year 2013.  Nitish played the role of Krishna at the age of 23 and became an overnight star.
Nitish contested the parliamentary elections from Jamshedpur and Rajgarh (in Madhya Pradesh) as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and was elected to Lok Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Jamshedpur in 1996.He defeated a veteran Mr. Inder Singh Namdhari.  He lost to Laxman Singh ( Brother of then chief minister of Madhya pradesh Digvijaya Singh) in 1999 lok sabha elections from Rajgarh.
Nitish Bharadwaj was married to Monisha Patil, daughter of Vimla Patil, then editor of Femina;They have two children, but he divorced in 2005. Monisha lives in London with her son and daughter from Nitish's marriage. Nitish, later married Smita Gate, an IAS officer(1992 batch) from Madhya Pradesh cadre in 2009.
- Trishagni (1988)
- Njan Gandharvan (1991, Malayalam)
- Sangeet (1992)
- Prem Shakti (1994)
- Nache Nagin Gali Gali (1989)
- Khatyal Sasu Nathal Soon (1988,Marathi)
- Pasant Aahe Mulgi (1989,Marathi)
- Tujhi Majhi Jamli Jodi (1990,Marathi)
- Pitru Roon (2013) as director
- Mahabharat (1988)
- Geeta Rahasya(1999)
- Vishnu Puran (2003)
- Ramayan (TV Series by B R Chopra) (2003)
- Man Mein Hai Visshwas (2006-2007, Presenter)
- "Ajab gajab ghar jamai" (2014, krishna)
Best Director for Pitruroon, Screen awards, 2014
- Best Screenplay writer for Marathi feature film - 'Pitruroon', Sahyadri film awards, 2014
- 2nd Best Director for 'Pitruroon', Maharashtra State Film Awards, 2014
- 2nd Best Film for 'Pitruroon', Maharashtra State Film Awards, 2014
- Tanuja & Sachin Khedekar won Best Actor 'Screen Awards' for Nitish's film 'Pitruroon' in January 2014.
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- Ashraf, Syed Firdaus (10 September 1999). "'I understand India bloody well'". Rediff. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- "Nitish Bharadwaj ropes in Tanuja his directorial debut - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- Roy, Amit (14 November 2004). "<Img Src="/Images/Look_Eye1.Gif" />". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India).
- Gulzar; Govind Nihalani, Saibal Chatterjee, Encyclopaedia Britannica (India) (2003). Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 554. ISBN 8179910660.
- "Trishagni (1989) Alternate title: Sandstorm". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- "Marathi cinema database".