Benjamin Gilani

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Benjamin Gilani 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 'Motleys Productions', a Mumbai-based theatre company in 1977, along with Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah, and Waiting For Godot was their first play on 29 July 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.

Early life[edit]

Benjamin's father was a judge in Punjab State Civil Services posted at Batala in 1947. At the time of India's independence, Benjamin's mother was sent from Batala to Dhariwal for safety as communal riots triggered by the Partition of India engulfed Batala. Benjamin was born in Dhariwal town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab on 20 November 1947. Benjamin's father had a transferable job therefore Benjamin spent his early childhood in many cities in Punjab.

His ancestors had migrated from Gilan, Iran (hence the name Gilani) to Kashmir. Benjamin's grandfather and his brother later settled in Jagraon near Ludhiana.



Year Film Character/Role
2016 BHK Bhalla@Halla.Kom
2015 Bajirao Mastani King Chhatrasal
2011 Game (2011 film) Mr. Khanna
2009 8 x 10 Tasveer Jatin Puri
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time Film Director
1993 Sardar Jawaharlal Nehru
1985 Mirch Masala School Master
1978 Junoon Rashid Khan
1978 Devata
1977 Alaap Kishan

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 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 noon
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


  1. ^ a b "Adept actor". The Hindu. 19 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "No 'Alter'native". Screen (magazine). 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Still waiting, for Mr Godot". The Indian Express. 21 August 1997. 
  4. ^ "Centre stage". The Indian Express. 12 July 2009. 

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