Puneet Issar


  • Birthday : 6th November 1959
  • Age : 54
  • Hometown : Punjab
  • Current city : Mumbai
  • Occupation : Actor and Director
  • Puneet Issar is an Indian actor and director best known for his role in Duryodhana in the TV adaptation on Mahabharata.

Issar starred as a villain in several movies (over 150 Hindi films and 100 regional[citation needed) 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 also starred in movies, like 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. 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

Personal life 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. Recently he was a part of India’s TV show Bigg Boss session 8.

Film Year Role Language Co-Stars
Coolie 1983 Hindi Amitabh Bachchan
Raja Aur Rana 1984
Purana Mandir 1984
3D Saamri 1985
Janbaaz 1986
Palay Khan 1986
Dehleez 1986
Tahkhana 1986
Pyar Ki Jeet 1987
Hathyar 1987
Superman 1987
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 the (unnamed) black magician Malayalam 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
Ashokan 1993
Pingami 1994 Edwin Thomas Malayalam Mohanlal
Prem Shakti 1994 Hindi
Yaar Gaddar 1994 Hindi
Kranti Kshetra 1994 Hindi
Chinna 1994 Kannada V. Ravichandran
Cheetah 1995 Hindi
Ram Jaane 1995 Hindi
Hathkadi 1995 Hindi
Bhagya Debata 1995 Bengali
Jallad 1995 Hindi
Muqaddar 1996 Hindi
Border 1997 Subedar Ratan Singh Hindi
Master 1997 Telugu
Suraj 1997 Hindi
Daadagiri 1997 Hindi
Jodidar 1997 Hindi
Suryaputra Shani-dev 1997 Hindi
Krantikari 1997 Hindi
Sher-E-Hindustan 1998 Hindi
Chandaal 1998 Hindi
Refugee 2000 Hindi
Zakhmi Sipahi 2001 Hindi
Bhairav 2001 Hindi
Indra 2002 Telugu
Mee Kosam 2002 Telugu
Tagore 2003 Telugu
Vajra-The Weapon 2004 Hindi
Allari Pidugu 2005 Telugu
Bunty Aur Babli 2005 Hindi
Kasak 2005 Hindi
Narsimhudu 2005 Telgu
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
Satyameba Vijayte 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 Hindi
Chhutanki 2011 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
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