Amar Upadhyay

Amar Upadhyay is an Indian television actor and model. The role which gave Amar his major breakthrough and is well known for, is his role of Mihir Virani, from the popular serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus channel.[1] He was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss in 2011. He then played the role of Dharam Suryavanshi in the long-running daily soap Saath Nibhana Saathiya. He was loved as Dharam Duryavanshi. His chemistry with Tanya Sharma was loved by all. Fans of the series started referring to characters Dharam and Meera by the portmanteau "Dheera"

Amar Upadhyay
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Amar Upadhyay at FHM 100 Sexiest Men 2011 Party
OccupationActor / Model
Years active1990–present

Early lifeEdit

Amar Upadhyay is a Gujarati.[2] He grew up in the Malad suburb of Mumbai, and studied chemical engineering after completing his schooling. He is a Black belt holder in Taekwondo.[citation needed]


In 1994, some of his photographs appeared in Stardust magazine, which led to Jaya Bachchan offering him the TV series Dekh Bhai Dekh. This was followed by numerous TV series like Arzoo, Suhana Safar, Tulsi and Aruna Irani's Mehndi Tere Naam Ki. Eventually, he became famous in 2000 with the mega TV daily soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000). In fact, when his character Mihir 'died' in 2001, it was followed by protest marches, the TV channel's head office was flooded with phone-calls and letters, eventually his character came back to life, and he is still recounted amongst TV superstars.[3][4]

After his success in television, he ventured into film with Dahshat 2003, followed by a big launch, Dhund – The Fog (2003), along with Aditi Govitrikar, directed by Sham Ramsay, though later he also appeared in J.P. Dutta's war movie, LOC Kargil (2003), his film career did not turn out as expected.

Subsequently, he returned to television after a two-year hiatus, playing a key role in the serial Chand Ke Paar Chalo on NDTV Imagine.[5][6][7]

In October 2011 he joined the fifth season of the reality TV series Bigg Boss and finished in fifth place.[8]

In 2015, he entered Star Plus's popular long-running series Saath Nibhaana Saathiya as the parallel lead role of Dharam Suryavanshi opposite Tanya Sharma. Their Sizzling chemistry managed to grab the eyeballs of Viewers. the show's trp was on heights owing to Dharam Meera (Dheera) Unique age difference love story. He played Dharam's character till the ending of the show in 2017. He also starred as an antagonist in Ek Deewaana Tha.


Year Show Role Channel Notes
1993 - 1994 Dekh Bhai Dekh Sahil Diwan DD National Supporting Role
1994 Rajani Rajani's Brother-In-Law DD National Supporting Role
1998 Saturday Suspense Sohail (Episode 78) Zee TV Episodic Role
1999 Aahat - The Room Mate : Part 1 & Part 2 Episode 174 & Episode 175 Sony TV Episodic Role
2000 Rishtey - Number Please Rajan (Episode 125) Zee TV Episodic Role
2000 - 2002 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Mihir Virani Star Plus Lead Role
2001 Kalash Ram Star Plus Lead Role
2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Akshat Zee TV Lead Role
2003 - 2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Rohit Sharma / Dev Malik (Raj) Star Plus Lead Role & Negative Role
2004 - 2005 Saathiya – Pyar Ka Naya Ehsaas Kshitij Singhania Sahara One Lead Role
2005 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Advocate Mahesh Bajaj Star Plus Supporting Role
2005 Kkusum Dr. Abhinav Gautam Sony TV Negative Role
2006 C.I.D. - Murder In The Safety Vault Inspector Rishi (Episode 412) Sony TV Episodic Role
2006 - 2007 Viraasat Kunal Kharbanda Star Plus & Star One Lead Role
2007 C.I.D. - Return Of The Clown Harry (Episode 478) Sony TV Episodic Role
2008 - 2009 Chand Ke Paar Chalo Arjun Oberoi NDTV Imagine Lead Role
2009 Dhoop Mein Thandi Chaav...Maa Shekhar Zee TV Lead Role
2009 Doli Saja Ke Samar Sahara One Negative Role
2009 Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai Advocate Dhananjay Singhania Star Plus Cameo Role
2011 Bigg Boss 5 Contestant Colors TV Reality Show
2012 Police Files Host Big Magic Crime Show
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki Contestant Life OK Reality Show
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Mukesh Mehta (Episode 5 & Episode 6) Life OK Episodic Role
2013 Savdhaan India Host Life OK Crime Show
2015 - 2017 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Dharam Kumar Suryavanshi Star Plus Lead Role
2017 - 2018 Ek Deewaana Tha Rajan Bedi Sony TV Negative Role
2018 Singardaan Mr. Gupta Lead Role - Web Series Ullu App
2019 Ishqbaaaz Sahil Trivedi Star Plus Negative Role


Year Show Role
1998 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge! Ajay / Devdas
2000 Dahshat Vicky
2001 Censor Himself
2003 Dhund: The Fog Sameer
2003 Jodi Kya Banayi Wah Wah Ramji Vishal
2003 LOC Kargil Captain Vijayanth Thapar


See alsoEdit

List of Indian television actors


  1. ^ "AMAR UPADHYAY Even today I'm called Mihir". Screen. 16 July 2004.
  2. ^ Mishra, Abhimanyu (6 February 2017). "If we make good films, we can bring back the golden era of Gujarati films". Ahmedabad: The Times of India.
  3. ^ Sahu, Deepika (21 August 2007). "Who's the biggest superstar on TV?". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Dead man walking: Amar Upadhyay". The Times of India. 13 July 2001.
  5. ^ "Mystery in the mist: 'Dhund – The Fog', a musical murder mystery." The Hindu. Chennai, India. 20 February 2003.
  6. ^ "Playing safe with Amar Upadhyay". Movies. 15 March 2002.
  7. ^ "Part Deux". The Indian Express. 9 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Amar Upadhyay Bigg Boss Season 5". Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  9. ^ Filmography Bollywood Hungama.

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