Praveen Kumar (actor)

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Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar 1974.jpg
Kumar at the 1974 Asian Games
Personal information
Birth name Praveen Kumar Sobti
Born (1947-12-06) 6 December 1947 (age 70)
Sarhali Kalan, Punjab, India
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw, hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) DT – 56.74 m (1973)
HT – 65.76 m (1969)[1]

Praveen Kumar Sobti (born 6 December 1947)[1] is an Indian hammer and discus thrower, film actor, and politician. As an athlete he won four medals at the Asian Games, including two gold medals, and competed in two Olympics. As an actor, he starred in more than 50 Hindi films and played the famous character of "Bheem" in BR Chopra's television series Mahabharat that started in 1988. As a politician he contested the 2013 Delhi Legislative elections on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, but lost. Subsequently, in 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.


Kumar (left) at the 1974 Asian Games

Kumar was a star of Indian athletics in the 1960s and the 1970s.[2] Being tall, he dominated the Indian hammer and discus throws for several years. He won gold medals in the discus throw at the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games, holding the Asian Games record of 56.76 metres. He was a silver medalist in the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston and in the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran. He competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics and in the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]


Praveen Kumar's debut film was Raksha, a James Bond style Indian movie starring Jeetendra with him playing a large henchman Gorilla inspired by Jaws of The Spy Who Loved Me. He did similar role of large henchman Justin fighting against Jeetendra in Meri Awaz Suno.

Praveen Kumar earned international acclaim when he played the role "Bhim"[3] in B R Chopra's popular mythological tele serial Mahabharata, making him a household name.[4] Praveen Kumar also played the role of "Saaboo" in Chacha Chaudhary (the T.V. series) for a large number of episodes . After the Mahabharata serial, Praveen Kumar got many acting roles in Hindi and regional films, though he is cutting down on his acting career, in able to launch his political career in Haryana and Delhi.[5][6]

Praveen Kumar was the actor to take the first blow of one of the most successful and famous punch dialogues of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, "Rishte Mein to Hum Tumhare Baap Hote hain, naam hai Shahenshah!" in Tinnu Anand's blockbuster Shahenshah.


In 2013 Kumar joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).[7] He contested the Delhi assembly elections from the Wazirpur constituency on an AAP ticket, but lost. The next year, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[8]


Year Film Role Other notes
1981 Raksha Gorilla Ranjeet's Goon
Meri Aawaz Suno Justin Ranjeet's Goon
1982 Ghazab Henchman Ranjeet's Goon
1983 Hum Se Hai Zamana Killer
1984 Lorie Goon
Hum Hain Lajawab Henchman
Jagir Django D'costa
1985 Karishma Kudrat Kaa Zorawar
Yudh Xaca
Zabardast Goon
Aakhir Kyon? Goon
Maha Shaktimaan Goon
1986 Singhasan Kaal Bhairav
Chambal Ka Baadshah Daaku
Adhikar Goon
Avinash Street Goon
Raat Ke Baad Henchman
1987 Naam O Nishan Raaka
Khudgarz Giant at Sports Club
Loha Henchman Shera's Man
Hukumat Goon
Dak Bangala Goon
Diljalaa Goon
Tera Karam Mera Dharam Goon
1988 Shahenshah Mukhtaar Singh JK's Man
Mohabbat Ke Dushman Contract Killer
Commando Henchman
Maalamaal Jallad Singh
Agnee Chief of the natives
Bees Saal Baad Goon
Pyaar Mohabbat Street Goon
Dukh-Dard Henchman
Mahabharat Bheem TV Series
1989 Santosh Kundan's Henchman
Mitti Aur Sona Shingho
Ilaaka Prisoner – Nagar's Henchman
Shehzaade Street Gambler
Meri Zabaan Goon
Elaan-E-Jung Henchman Kala Naag's Man
Lahu Ki Awaz Killer
1990 Atishbaz Kewal & Shamsher's Goon
Ghayal Bheem Ji Guest Role
Aaj Ka Arjun Henchman Thakur's Man
Kali Ganga Hukumchand's Henchman
Sher Dil Henchman Ranjeet's Man
Naaka Bandi Henchman
Aag aur Angaray Street Goon
Michael Madana Kama Rajan Bheem Tamil Film
1991 Shankara Goga
Ajooba Vazir's Man
1992 Panaah Praveen Kumar
Humlaa Goon
Waqt Ka Badshah Goon
1994 Beta Ho To Aisa Inspector Ravi
1996 Jaan Goon
Ajay (1996 film) Tiwari
1997 Suryaputra Shanidev Rakshash
1998 Sham Ghansham Goon
Train to Pakistan Goon
2012 Barbareek Bheem A Movie Directed by Dharmesh Tiwari


  1. ^ a b c "Praveen Kumar". sports-reference. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Sports Tribune. (24 May 2003). Retrieved on 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ Interview of actor Praveen Kumar who played the character of Bheem in TV serial Mahabharat. (3 January 2012)
  4. ^ 'Bheem' waiting for a special role. The Hindu (12 January 2009).
  5. ^ Corporation elections: It's Mahabharat on Delhi streets. (13 April 2012). Retrieved on 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ Pushpendra Singh Rajput (4 October 2011) Bhim of Mahabharat Serial Praveen Kumar Reached Mahavir Mandir, Faridabad.
  7. ^ 'Bheem' is AAP candidate for Wazirpur seat in Delhi poll, PTI New Delhi, 19 September 2013
  8. ^ "BJP like Pandavas, Opposition Kauravas: "Bheem"". The Hindu. 4 April 2014. 

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