Puneet Issar

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Puneet Issar
Puneet Issar.jpg
Issar in 2014
Born (1958-09-12) 12 September 1958 (age 59)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor/Writer/Director
Years active 1974–present
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Spouse(s) Deepali Issar

Puneet Issar (born 12 September 1958) is an Indian actor and director. He is most famous for his role as Duryodhana in the Mahabharat TV show (1988–1990), and directing Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) starring Salman Khan.[1] His other notable roles are in Border, (a 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 the filming of an action sequence of this movie, he accidentally injured Amitabh Bachchan nearly fatally[2][3] and suffered the industry's backlash due to it.

Issar participated in the Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss season 8 in 2014-2015.[4][5]


Issar starred as a villain in several movies (over 150 Hindi films and 100 non-Hindi[citation needed]) during the 1980s and 1990s, such as 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 Suryavanshi; Akshay Kumar starrer Aashant and multi-starrers such as 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 Bachchan. Amitabh got seriously hurt and many blamed Puneet for the accident. He later admitted that he had to face a 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 Duryodhana in the 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 (1987 film), 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 other horror movies such as Tehkhana in the 1980s.

He also starred in movies such as Krrish, Partner, Aryan, Bachna Ae Haseeno and many more in the 2000s.

He has also directed TV serials such as Hindustani and Jai Mata Ki starring Hema Malini.[5] He has starred in over 12 TV serials such as 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 a 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.[6] 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.[7] [7] [8][8] [9] [9] He also played the role of Parashurama in the recent TV series Mahabharat. He then went on to 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.

Personal life[edit]

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 worked as 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.

Selected filmography[edit]


Film Year Role Language Co-Stars
Coolie 1983 Bob Hindi Amitabh Bachchan
Raja Aur Rana 1984
Purana Mandir 1984
3D Saamri 1985
Janbaaz 1986
Palay Khan 1986
Dahleez 1986
Tahkhana 1986
Pyar Ki Jeet 1987
Hathyar 1987
Superman (1987 film) 1987 Shekhar/Superman
Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai 1987
Watan ke rakhwale 1987
Awam 1987
Akhri Muqabla 1988
Zakhmi Aurat 1988
Zalzala 1988
Main Tere Liye 1988
Kasam 1988
Elaan e Jung 1989
Roti Ki Keemat 1990
Tejaa 1990
Jaan Lada Denge 1990
Sanam Bewafa 1991
Meet Mere Man Ke 1991
Paap Ki Aandhi 1991
Kal Ki Awaz 1992
Jaagruti 1992
Suryavanshi 1992
Yodha 1992 Vishakha (black magician) Malayalam Starring Mohanlal
Shri Krishna Bhakta Narsi 1993 Hindi Puneet Issar
Chandra Mukhi 1993 Zoohla Hindi
Ashaant 1993 Raana Hindi
Anmol 1993 Hindi
Khalnayika 1993 Hindi
Kshatriya 1993 Shakti Singh Hindi
Zakhmi Rooh 1993 Hindi
I Love India 1993 Tamil
Uzhaippali 1993 Tamil
Pingami 1994 Edwin Thomas Malayalam Mohanlal
Prem Shakti 1994 Hindi
Yaar Gaddar 1994 Hindi
Samrat 1994 Kannada Vishnuvardhan
Kranti Kshetra 1994 Hindi
Athiradi Padai 1994 Tamil Rahman, Suman
Chinna 1994 Kannada V. Ravichandran
Rasika 1994 Kannada
Cheetah 1994 Hindi
Time Bomb 1994 Kannada
Ram Jaane 1995 Inspector Chewte Hindi
Hathkadi 1995 Hindi
Bhagya Debata 1995 Bengali
Jallad 1995 Bola Hindi
Muqadar 1996 Parashuram Hindi
Border 1997 Subedar Ratan Singh Hindi
Master 1997 Telugu
Suraj 1997 Mangal Singh Hindi
Daadagiri 1997 Dhanraj Hindi
Jodidar 1997 Poacher Hindi
Suryaputra Shani-dev 1997 Shani dev Hindi
Krantikari 1997 Hindi
Sher-E-Hindustan 1998 Hindi
Chandaal 1998 Hindi
Refugee 2000 Hindi
Zakhmi Sipahi 2001 Chhota Chaudhary Hindi
Bhairav 2001 Hindi
Indra 2002 shoukat ali khan Telugu
Tagore 2003 Telugu
Vajra-The Weapon 2004 Hindi
Allari Pidugu 2005 Telugu
Bunty Aur Babli 2005 Hindi
Kasak 2005 Hindi
Narsimhudu 2005 Telugu
Aryan 2006 Hindi
Krrish 2006 Hindi
Rab Ne Banaiyan Jodiean 2006 Punjabi
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye 2006 Hindi
Gautama Buddha 2007 Anguli Mala Hindi
Partner 2007 Hindi
Bachna Ae Haseeno 2008 Hindi
God Tussi Great Ho 2008 Hindi
Satyamev Jayate 2008 Bengali
The Wheel of Action Highway 2008 Hindi
Jag Jeondeyan De Mele 2009 Punjabi
Josh 2010 Bengali
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2011 Hindi
Ready 2011 Hindi
I Am Singh 2011 Fateh Singh Hindi
Chhutanki 2011 Hindi
Qayamat Hi Qayamat 2012 Hindi
Son of Sardaar 2012 Sardar[10] Hindi
Best of Luck 2012 Jarnail Singh Punjabi
Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda 2012 Marathi
Born To Be King 2000 English
Fateh 2014 Pratap Singh Punjabi
Besh Korechi Prem Korechi 2015 Bengali


Year(s) Serial Role Channel
1987 Kahan Gaye Woh Log Doordarshan
1987 Param Vir Chakra Doordarshan
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Maharana Pratap Doordarshan
1985 Vikram Aur Betaal Doordarshan
1988–1990 Mahabharat Duryodhana Doordarshan
1993–1995 Junoon Don Saudagar Singh Doordarshan
1993–1994 Bhagavatam(By Bapu) Ravana ETV Telugu
1994–1995 Sahil Doordarshan
1995–1996 Ghutan Doordarshan
1996–1998 Hindustani Commissioner Sangram Singh Doordarshan
1997-1998 Betaal Pachisi
1999–2000 Jai Mata Ki Mahishasur Doordarshan
1999–2000 Noorjahan (TV Series) 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
2013 Mahabharat Parshuraam Star Plus
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant - Evicted on Day 105 on 3 January 2015 Colors

Director, producer[edit]

Film/TV Year(s) Role
Sauda 1974 Assistant Director
The Cheat 1974 Assistant Director
Khoon Pasina 1977 Assistant Director
Mr. Natwarlal 1979 Assistant Director
Do Aur Do Paanch 1980 Assistant Director
Dostana 1980 Assistant Director
Prem Geet 1981 Co/associate Director
Commander 1981 Assistant Director
Yaarana 1981 Assistant Director
Johnny I Love You 1982 Assistant Director
Kali Basti 1985 Co/associate Director
Jwala 1986 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
Garv 2004 Director
I Am Singh 2011 Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer
Born To Be King 2013 Director and Contract(Executive or line) producer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Super cop". The Hindu. 8 July 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cirrhosis of liver struck teetotaller Big B after Coolie". The Times of India. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Contracted liver cirrhosis from donor, Big B writes in blog". Indian Express. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "'I am praying for him again'". The Times of India. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "The producers thought Garv would never release". Rediff.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Puneet Issar – Brand Ambassador for Paras Lubricants". Palco.co.in. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants signs Mr Puneet Issar as Brand Ambassador". onlineprnews.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants Ltd". facebook.com. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.indianexpress.com/news/time-to-workout/987729

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