Jatin Kanakia

Jatin Kanakia (28 June 1952 –18 July 1999), was an Indian actor. Best known for comedy roles, his career ranged from working in Gujarati plays, Hindi television shows and Hindi Bollywood movies. His skill and success earned him the informal title of being the "Prince of Comedy."[2]

Jatin Kanakia
Actor Jatin Kanakia in 1990s.jpg
Jatin Kanakia
Born(1952-06-28)28 June 1952[1]
Died18 July 1999(1999-07-18) (aged 47)[1]


Kanakia's career began with roles in Gujarati and Hindi theatre, after which his first major television role was in the comedy series, Shrimaan Shrimati, where he played the lead role of Keshav Kulkarni, a married, middle-class house-holder who develops a crush on his movie star neighbour, played by Archana Puran Singh, and a rivalry with her husband, played by Rakesh Bedi, who in turn is drawn to Kulkarni's housewife Reema Lagoo. Broadcast on the national television network, Doordarshan, the series became one of India's most popular television shows. Kanakia also starred in shorter comedy series produced on Doordarshan and played cameos in other comedy series. He worked in many shows produced by the Adhikari Brothers production company, as well as by other producers. Kanakia's success on television led to minor roles in big-budget Hindi films such as Hum Saath Saath Hain.


Kanakia's career was cut short on 26 July 1999 when he died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.[3][2]


Kanakia was honoured posthumously at the inaugural Indian Telly Awards in 2001 for his contribution to Indian television.[2]



Year Serial Role Channel Notes
1994–1997 Shrimaan Shrimati Keshav Kulkarni[4] DD Metro
1995 Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh Chakku DD Metro
1995 Zara Hatke
1995 Padosan Ajay Tripathi DD Metro
1995 Peechha Karo Sushobhan DD Metro
1995 Aghori
1995 Tejas
1995 Baat Ek Raaz Ki
1995 All The Best Various Characters DD Metro
1996–1997 Hum Paanch Sunil Uncle Zee TV
1996 Hi Zindagi Bye Zindagi Doctor Zee TV
1997 Hum Apke Hai Woh Sunder Zee TV
1997 Maal Hai To Taal Hai Pyarelal Star Plus
1997 Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Bunty Zee TV
1998–1999 Do Aur Do Paanch Krishnakant Zee TV replaced by Mohan Joshi
1998–1999 Hum Sab Ek Hain Brigadier K. K . Khachroo Sony TV replaced by Sudhir Pandey[5]
1998 Gudgudee Zee TV
1998 Tere Ghar Ke Samne Professor Lalit Deshpande DD Metro
1998–1999 Chashme Baddoor Chaturdas Chaurasia Zee TV
1999 Yes Boss SAB TV
2000 Don't Worry Ho Jayega Moti Sahara TV


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Vishwavidhaata Mr. Anand
1999 Khoobsurat Satish Chaudhary
1999 Hum Saath Saath Hain Dr. Sen
1999 Trishakti Home Minister Vishwanath Pradhan


  1. ^ a b https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1241570/[user-generated source]
  2. ^ a b c "The Prince of Comedy". 18 May 2009. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Actors who died too soon". Mid-Day. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Do You Remember Keshav Kulkarni of Shrimaan Shrimati?". Gyan Guru. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Tribuneindia... Film and tv". www.tribuneindia.com. 28 November 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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