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Puneet Issar at Dara Singh's funeral in 2012
Puneet Issar is an Indian actor and director, most famous for his role as Duryodhana in the TV adaptation (1988–1990) of the Mahabharata, and directing Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) starring Salman Khan. His other notable roles are in Border, 1997 war film, directed by J. P. Dutta and second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983.
He started his career with the movie Coolie in 1983. During filming an action sequence of this movie, he accidentally injured Amitabh Bachchan nearly fatally and suffered the industry's backlash due to it.
Puneet Issar participated in the Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss season 8 in the year 2014/2015.
Issar starred as a villain in several movies (over 150 Hindi films and 100 regional) during the 1980s and 1990s, like Zakhmi Aurat, Jagruti, Kal Ki Aawaz, Palay Khan, Teja, Prem Shakti and many more, which include the Mohanlal starrers Yodha and Pingami, Salman Khan starrers Sanam Bewafa, Chandramukhi and Suriyavanshi, Akshay Kumar starrer Aashant and multi-starrers like Kshatriya. He also played a villain in the Shahrukh Khan starrer Ram Jaane. He appeared in the hit war film Border. In 1982 he was involved in an on-shoot incident with Amitabh Bachhan. Amitabh got seriously hurt and many blamed Puneet for the accident. He later admitted that he had to face lot of problems in getting roles in movies due to the notoriety of the incident. Some people even misunderstood that Amitabh's clout might have had affected his career very much, but he clearly stated that this was untrue. He played the role of as Duryodhana in epic TV series, Mahabharat (1988–1990), directed by Ravi Chopra. It was this role that gained him mainstream popularity. He along with other actors of the epic TV show often toured the whole of India and even abroad to perform live shows based on the epic throughout the 90's.
He played the Indian Superman in 1987, a Bollywood version of the Hollywood movies. He played the second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983. Later he did many another horror movie's like Tehkhana in 1980's.
He has also directed TV serials such as Hindustani and Jai Mata Ki starring Hema Malini. He has starred in over 12 TV serials like Junoon, Sahil, Noor Jahan, Vikram Aur Betaal and many more. He has appeared in over 1800 episodes on Indian television. He played the role of King Bimbisara in the feature film Gautama Buddha – The Life and Times of Gautama Buddha. He also starred in Left Right Left of the Indian Channel Sab TV. He has also worked in number of Punjabi films such as Rab Ne Banayian Jodiyan and in a few Telugu films. He has also given a brilliant display of his acting skills in the mythological film Suryaputra Shanidev, which released in 1997.
In 2004, Issar directed the film Garv: Pride and Honour starring Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty in lead roles. The opening collections of the film were good, and overall it was declared "Above Average" at the Box office. His latest directorial venture I Am Singh, the story of which is also written by him, released in December 2011. The film did average critically and commercially.
In 2013, Paras Lubricants Ltd signed Mr Puneet Issar as their Brand Ambassador for their range of Automotive Oils and Lubricants.     He also played the role of Parashurama in the recent TV series Mahabharat He then went onto playing the role of "Daar Ji" in Bani Ishq Da Kalma.
Puneet participated in the Indian TV reality show BIGG BOSS season 8, in 2014/2015. He made it to the grand finale and was one of the 7 finalists. He was evicted from the TV show Bigg Boss season 8 on 3 January 2015. His was the last and final eviction before the season 8 of BIGG BOSS ended and a spin-off series titled Halls-Bol started. Puneet lasted in the house for 105 days. At 56, he was the oldest contestant to do so and last the entire season in the house.
Puneet Issar is the son of film director Sudesh Issar. He is married to Deepali, daughter of Punjabi actor Diljit Puri and Bengali singer Ashita Puri, and sister of Satyajeet Puri( famous child star of the 60's, 70's and 80's ). Puneet has two children, a daughter and a son, Nivriti and Siddhant. Other than being a trained actor himself, Puneet has also been a speech, diction and method acting professor, He also is a trained mixed-martial-artist and is skilled in kung-fu, karate, boxing and wrestling.
|Raja Aur Rana||1984|
|Pyar Ki Jeet||1987|
|Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai||1987|
|Watan ke rakhwale||1987|
|Main Tere Liye||1988|
|Elaan e Jung||1989|
|Roti Ki Keemat||1990|
|Jaan Lada Denge||1990|
|Meet Mere Man Ke||1991|
|Paap Ki Aandhi||1991|
|Kal Ki Awaz||1992|
|Yodha||1992||the (unnamed) black magician||Malayalam||Mohanlal|
|Shri Krishna Bhakta Narsi||1993||Hindi||Puneet Issar|
|I Love India||1993||Tamil|
|Ram Jaane||1995||Inspector Chewte||Hindi|
|Border||1997||Subedar Ratan Singh||Hindi|
|Suryaputra Shani-dev||1997||Shani dev||Hindi|
|Bunty Aur Babli||2005||Hindi|
|Rab Ne Banaiyan Jodiean||2006||Punjabi|
|Humko Deewana Kar Gaye||2006||Hindi|
|Gautama Buddha||2007||Anguli Mala||Hindi|
|Bachna Ae Haseeno||2008||Hindi|
|God Tussi Great Ho||2008||Hindi|
|The Wheel of Action Highway||2008||Hindi|
|Jag Jeondeyan De Mele||2009||Punjabi|
|Yamla Pagla Deewana||2011||Hindi|
|I Am Singh||2011||Fateh Singh||Hindi|
|Qayamat Hi Qayamat||2012||Hindi|
|Son of Sardaar||2012||Sardar||Hindi|
|Best of Luck||2012||Jarnail Singh||Punjabi|
|Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda||2012||Marathi|
|Born To Be King||2013||English|
|1987||Kahan Gaye Woh Log||Doordarshan|
|1987||Param Vir Chakra||Doordarshan|
|1988||Bharat Ek Khoj||Maharana Pratap||Doordarshan|
|1993–1995||Junoon||Don Saudagar Singh||Doordarshan|
|1996–1998||Hindustani||Commissioner Sangram Singh||Doordarshan|
|1999–2000||Jai Mata Ki||Mahishasur||Doordarshan|
|2006–2007||Left Right Left||Brigadier Chandok||SAB TV|
|2007||Love Story||SAB TV and Sony Entertainment Television|
|2008||Neeli Aankhen||Sahara One|
|2011||Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishn||King Jarasandh of Magadh||Imagine TV|
|2011||Kahaani Chandrakanta Ki||King Shivdutt||Sahara One|
|2013||Bani Ishq Da Kalma||Gurudev Singh Bhullar (Daarji)||Colors TV|
|2014||Bigg Boss 8||Contestant||Colors|
|The Cheat||1974||Assistant Director|
|Khoon Pasina||1977||Assistant Director|
|Mr. Natwarlal||1979||Assistant Director|
|Do Aur Do Paanch||1980||Assistant Director|
|Prem Geet||1981||Co/associate Director|
|Johnny I Love You||1982||Assistant Director|
|Kali Basti||1985||Co/associate Director|
|Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai||1987||Co/associate Director|
|Akhri Muqabla||1988||Co/associate Director|
|Hindustani – T.V Series||1996–1998||Director|
|Jai Mata Ki – T.V Series||1999–2000||Director|
|I Am Singh||2011||Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer|
|Born To Be King||2013||Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer|
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