Rajesh Vivek

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Rajesh Vivek
RAJESH VIVEK UPADHYAY.jpeg
Self-portrait photograph
Born
Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay

(1949-01-31)31 January 1949
Died14 January 2016(2016-01-14) (aged 66)
Years active1977–2016

Rajesh Vivek Upadhyay (31 January 1949 – 14 January 2016) was an Indian actor. He is best known to Hindi film audiences for his role as the astrologer Guran in Lagaan (2001) and as the postmaster Nivaran in Swades (2004). He had also played role of Vyasa, author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, in the popular Indian series Mahabharat. He made his mark as a villain in the beginning with films like Veerana (1988) and Joshilaay (1989), often playing the role of a henchman, and later took to portraying comedic and supporting characters. His other credits include Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, What's Your Raashee? and Bunty Aur Babli. Rajesh is also noted for his roles in the historic TV series Bharat Ek Khoj and in the TV Serial Aghori. He was roped in for an ad series of Cadbury 5 Star as the father of the two sons.

Biography[edit]

Vivek was born on 31 January 1949 in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.[1] He obtained his Master of arts degree in Ancient history & Archaeology from T. D. Degree College, Jaunpur, and trained at the National School of Drama in acting. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal first introduced him in films with his film Junoon (1978).[2]

Rajesh died on 14 January 2016 at the age of 66 due to a massive heart attack while shooting for a film at Hyderabad.[3][4][2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Junoon
1982 Gandhi (film) Dr. Rajendra Prasad
1983 Kalka
1985 Ram Teri Ganga Maili
1986 Janbaaz
1988 Veerana Baba
The Perfect Murder Zero Police
The Deceivers (film)
1989 Joshilaay
Nishane Bazi
Tridev
1990 Haatim Tai - The Pious One
Kafan (film)
1991 Ganga Jamuna Ki Lalkar
Vishkanya (1991)
1992 Nagin Aur Lootere
Vishwatma
Parasmani
1993 Phoolan Hasina Ramkali
Maya Memsaab
1994 Bandit Queen Mustaquim
1995 Karan Arjun
1997 Loha
1998 Pardesi Babu
1999 Munnibai
Kachche Dhaage
2000 Daku Ramkali
2001 Lagaan Guran
2003 Dil Ka Rishta
Dangerous Night (film)
2004 Asambhav Pandit
Hatya: The Murder
Swades Nivaran
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo
2005 Vaada
Bunty Aur Babli
2007 Nanhe Jaisalmer
2008 Bhole Shankar
God Tussi Great Ho
Jodhaa Akbar Chughtai Khan
2009 What's Your Raashee?
2010 Do Dooni Chaar
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Shiraz-ul-haq
2011 Mumbai Mast Kalandar
2012 Agneepath (2012 film)
Son of Sardar
2014

Dishkiyaoon

Gujjar
2015 Yevade Subramanyam Pemba Telugu film
2016 Nagarahavu Kannada film

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Episode 21 - Bhakt
Mahabharat Ved Vyas
1990 The Sword of Tipu Sultan
1996 TV Serial Aghori
1997 "Shiv Mahapuran Tarakaksha
2005 Honi Anhoni Anchor
2011 Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Yalkoti

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris M. Lentz III. Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2016 (Illustrated ed.). McFarland, 2017. p. 409. ISBN 9781476629124. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Rajesh Vivek, Astrologer Guran From Lagaan, Dies of Heart Attack". NDTV. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Rajesh Vivek dies after suffering heart attack; Lagaan actor passes away at 66 years of age". india.com. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Guran of 'Lagaan', actor Rajesh Vivek dead". business-standard.com. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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