Praneet Bhat

Praneet Bhat (born 26 September 1980) is an Indian television actor best known for his role as Shakuni in the epic TV series Mahabharat (2013–2014).[1][2][3]

Praneet Bhat
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Born (1980-09-26) 26 September 1980 (age 41)
  • Model
  • actor
  • engineer
Years active2004 – present
Spouse(s)Kanchan Sharma (m.2015)

Life and careerEdit

Bhat hails from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.[4] After completing his engineering, he worked with a software company, Wipro.[4][5]

Bhat shifted to Mumbai in 2002,[5] and after modelling,[6] he started his television career in 2004,[5] and went on to appear on the television programs Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi, Hotel Kingston, Kituu Sabb Jaantii Hai, Ssshhhh..Phir Koi Hai and Kaajjal.

He played the geeky character Aditya in Geet(2010–2011). He appeared in the role of Shakuni in the mythological saga Mahabharat, which earned him worldwide fame.[1] In September 2014, he became one of the contestants of eighth season of reality show Bigg Boss.[7]

In November 2015, he married his longtime girlfriend, Kanchan Sharma. His Mahabharat and Bigg Boss close friends attended the wedding. He also portrayed a negative role in Star Plus's Rishton Ka Chakravyuh.[8] Bhat then played Darius III in Porus.

Since 2018, Bhat is portraying a genie in the show Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga and in 2021 in he will feature as the magician Jafar in the upcoming story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp on Alif Laila in Dangal TV[citation needed]


Year Show Role Source Notes
2004 Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi
2007 Kaajjal Bunty
2008 Arslaan Shefan
2010–2011 Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Aditya "Adi"
2012–2013 Suvreen Guggal – Topper of The Year Jolly
2013–2014 Mahabharat Shakuni
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant Evicted on Day 91 – 21 December 2014
2015 Razia Sultan Kasbi Kalandar Lahhori
2016 Baal Krishna Nanda Baba
2017 Trideviyaan Kilmish
2017 Peshwa Bajirao Dandak
2017–2018 Rishton Ka Chakravyuh Pujan Singh
2017–2018 Porus Darius III
2018 Meri Hanikarak Biwi Aghori Baba
2018–2021 Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga Genie of Ring, Anguthichhaap
2020 Alif Laila Magician Jafar Episodic Role
2021 Mere Sai Madhusudan
2021 Baal Shiv Narad


  1. ^ a b Navya Malini (23 October 2013). "Like lead actors, character actors too are paid well: Praneet Bhat". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Then and now: How Mahabharat has got more slick and grand". CNN-News18. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ Nikita Sharma (6 September 2014). "Praneet Bhatt in Bigg Boss?". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b Reenu Dabas (27 August 2013). "Shakuni from Mahabharat is neither positive nor negative: Praneet Bhatt". Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Sana Riyaz (12 September 2013). "Glad that I am playing the role of Shakuni in Mahabharata". The Pioneer. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Will Praneet Bhatt aka Shakuni of Mahabharat be the biggest mastermind of Bigg Boss 8?". Daily Bhaskar. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ IANS (22 September 2014). "'Bigg Boss 8′ takes off". The Indian Express. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  8. ^ "No to make up for Rishton Ka Chakravyuh: Praneet Bhatt". The Times of India. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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