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. Prior to FTII, he became a professor of English Literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi while remaining active in theatre in Delhi.
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. He is currently hosting a quiz show on Disney Channel India, namely Disney Q Family Mastermind.
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.
|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|
|1985||Mirch Masala||School Master|
|1993-1994||The Great Maratha||DD Metro|
|1995-1997||Itihaas (TV series)||Rahul/Father||Doordarshan|
|Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan||Sony|
|2002||Aamrapali||Played Aamrapali's father||Doordarshan||telecasted every Sunday at 11 am|
|2004||Sahib Biwi Gulam||Sahara One|
|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|
|The Great Maratha||Nawab Shuja -Ud-Daula|
|Disney Q Family Mastermind||Disney Channel|
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