Puneet Issar

Puneet Issar is an Indian actor and director. He is best known for portraying Duryodhana in the TV series Mahabharat (1988–1990), and directing Garv: Pride and Honour (2004) starring Salman Khan.[1] His other notable roles are in Border, (a 1997 war film), directed by J. P. Dutta, and as the second lead in the cult Indian horror film Purana Mandir in 1983.

Puneet Issar
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Issar in 2014
  • Actor
  • writer
  • film director
Years active1974 – present
Spouse(s)Deepali Issar

He started his career with the movie Coolie in 1983. During the filming of an action sequence of this movie, he accidentally injured Amitabh Bachchan nearly fatally[2][3] and suffered the industry's backlash due to it.

Issar participated in the Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss season 8 in 2014-2015.[4][5]


Issar starred as a villain in over 150 films,[6] such as Zakhmi Aurat, Jagruti, Kal Ki Aawaz, Palay Khan, Teja, Prem Shakti and many more, which include the Mohanlal starrers Yoddha and Pingami; Salman Khan starrers Sanam Bewafa, Chandramukhi and Suryavanshi; Akshay Kumar starrer Aashant and multi-starrers such as Kshatriya. He also played a villain in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Ram Jaane. He appeared in the hit war film Border. In 1982 he was involved in an on-shoot incident with Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh got seriously hurt and many blamed Puneet for the accident. He later admitted that he had to face a 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 Duryodhana in the 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, 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 other horror movies such as Tehkhana in the 1980s.

He also starred in movies such as 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.[5] He has starred in over 12 TV serials such as 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 a 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.[7] 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 the Brand Ambassador for their range of Automotive Oils and Lubricants.[8][8][9][9][10][10] He also played the role of Parashurama in the recent TV series Mahabharat. He then went on to playing the role of "Daar Ji" in Bani Ishq Da Kalma.

Puneet participated in the Indian TV reality show BIGG BOSS season 8, in 2014/2015. He made it to the grand finale and was one of the 7 finalists. He was evicted from the TV show Bigg Boss season 8 on 3 January 2015. His was the last and final eviction before the season 8 of BIGG BOSS ended and a spin-off series titled Halla-Bol started. Puneet lasted in the house for 105 days. At 56, he was the oldest contestant to do so and last the entire season in the house.

Personal lifeEdit

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 worked as 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.

Selected filmographyEdit


Year Film Role Language
1983 Coolie Bob Hindi
1984 Raja Aur Rana
1984 Purana Mandir Anand
1985 3D Saamri
1986 Janbaaz
1986 Palay Khan
1986 Dahleez
1986 Tahkhana
1987 Pyar Ki Jeet
1987 Hathyar
1987 Superman Shekhar/Superman
1987 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1987 Watan Ke Rakhwale
1987 Awam
1988 Akhri Muqabla
1988 Zakhmi Aurat
1988 Zalzala
1988 Main Tere Liye
1988 Kasam
1989 Elaan-E-Jung
1990 Roti Ki Keemat
1990 Tejaa
1990 Jaan Lada Denge
1991 Sanam Bewafa
1991 Meet Mere Man Ke
1991 Paap Ki Aandhi
1992 Kal Ki Awaz
1992 Jaagruti
1992 Suryavanshi Mahesh
1992 Yoddha Vishakha (black magician) Malayalam
1993 Shri Krishna Bhakta Narsi Hindi
1993 Chandra Mukhi Zoohla Hindi
1993 Ashaant Raana Hindi
1993 Anmol Hindi
1993 Khalnayika Hindi
1993 Kshatriya Shakti Singh Hindi
1993 Zakhmi Rooh Hindi
1993 I Love India Tamil
1993 Uzhaippali Tamil
1994 Pingami Edwin Thomas Malayalam
1994 Prem Shakti
1994 Yaar Gaddar Hindi
1994 Samrat Kannada
1994 Kranti Kshetra Shaitaan Singh Hindi
1994 Athiradi Padai Tamil
1994 Chinna Kannada
1994 Rasika Kannada
1994 Cheetah Hindi
1994 Time Bomb Kannada
1995 Ram Jaane Inspector Chewte Hindi
1995 Haathkadi Chakku Pandey Hindi
1995 Bhagya Debata Bengali
1995 Jallad Bola Hindi
1996 Muqadar Parashuram Hindi
1997 Border Subedar Ratan Singh Hindi
1997 Master Devaraju aka DR, a mafia don Telugu
1997 Suraj Mangal Singh Hindi
1997 Daadagiri Dhanraj Hindi
1997 Jodidar Poacher Hindi
1997 Suryaputra Shani-dev Shani dev Hindi
1997 Krantikari Hindi
1998 Sher-E-Hindustan Police inspector Khulbhushan(father Kranti) Hindi
1998 Chandaal Police inspector Khurana Hindi
1999 Jaalsaaz Pratap Singh Hindi
2000 Refugee[11] Hindi
2001 Zakhmi Sipahi Chhota Chaudhary Hindi
2001 Bhairav Jindal Hindi
2002 Indra shoukat ali khan Telugu
2003 Tagore Telugu
2004 Vajra-The Weapon Hindi
2005 Allari Pidugu Major Chakravarthy Telugu
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Hindi
2005 Kasak Hindi
2005 Narasimhudu JD Telugu
2006 Aryan Hindi
2006 Krrish Hindi
2006 Rab Ne Banaiyan Jodiean Punjabi
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Hindi
2007 Gautama Buddha Anguli Mala Hindi
2007 Partner Hindi
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno Hindi
2008 God Tussi Great Ho Hindi
2008 Satyamev Jayate Bengali
2008 The Wheel of Action Highway Hindi
2009 Jag Jeondeyan De Mele Punjabi
2010 Josh Bengali
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Hindi
2011 Ready Hindi
2011 I Am Singh Fateh Singh Hindi
2011 Chhutanki Hindi
2012 Qayamat Hi Qayamat Hindi
2012 Son of Sardaar Sardar[12] Hindi
2012 Best of Luck Jarnail Singh Punjabi
2012 Jai Maharashtra Dhaba Bhatinda Jas's Father Marathi
2013 Mahabharat Aur Barbareek Duryodhana Hindi
2014 Fateh Pratap Singh Punjabi
2015 Besh Korechi Prem Korechi Bengali
2019 iSmart Shankar Kasi Viswanath Telugu


Year(s) Serial Role
1987 Param Vir Chakra Naik Jadu Nath Singh
1988-1990 Mahabharat Duryodhana
1994-1998 Junoon Saudagar Singh
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Maharana Pratap Episode no 32-Akbar Part 1
1997 – 1998 Betaal Pachisi
1999 – 2000 Jai Mata Ki Mahishasur
1999 – 2000 Noorjahan Sher-e-Afghan
2006 – 2007 Left Right Left Brigadier Chandok
2007 Love Story
2008 Neeli Aankhen
2011 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishn Jarasandh
2011 Kahaani Chandrakanta Ki King Shivdutt
2013 Bani Ishq Da Kalma Gurudev Singh Bhullar
2013 Mahabharat Parshuraam
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant
2018 Namune Dhanaji


Year(s) Film Notes
2004 Garv
2011 I Am Singh Also writer
2015 Born to Be King

Web SeriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2019 Parchhayee Maharaja Digambar Singh ZEE5

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Super cop". The Hindu. 8 July 2004. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Cirrhosis of liver struck teetotaller Big B after Coolie". The Times of India. 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Contracted liver cirrhosis from donor, Big B writes in blog". Indian Express. 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. ^ "I am praying for him again". The Times of India. 2 December 2005. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "The producers thought Garv would never release". Rediff.com. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  6. ^ "From Duryodhan to Raavan: Puneet Issar on playing the anti-hero". Hindustan Times. 28 September 2016. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Puneet Issar – Brand Ambassador for Paras Lubricants". Palco.co.in. Retrieved 1 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants signs Mr Puneet Issar as Brand Ambassador". onlineprnews.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Paras Lubricants Ltd". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  11. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: A very human story". M.rediff.com. 30 June 2000. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Time to workout - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com. 17 August 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2018. Retrieved 16 March 2020.

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