New Delhi: Actor Praveen Kumar Sobti, (74), who played the role of ‘Bheem’ in BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat’, has died on Monday evening at the age of 75.
Before he became an actor, Praveen was a hammer and discus throw athlete. A four-time Asian Games medalist, he also represented India in the 1969 Mexico and 1972 Munich Olympics. He was also honoured with the Arjuna Award. Due to his reputation in sports, he even got the job of a Deputy Commandant in the Border Security Force (BSF).
His first role in a movie directed by Ravikant Nagaich did not have any dialogue. However, he did several films after that including Amitabh Bachchan’s Shahenshah where he was seen as Mukhtaar Singh.
Some of the films he did include Karishma Kudrat Kaa, Yudh, Zabardast, Singhasan, Khudgarz, Loha, Mohabbat Ke Dushman, Ilaaka among others.
In the late 80s he made it big with BR Chopra’s Mahabharat.Later, Praveen Kumar joined politics. He joined Aam Aadmi Party but switched to Bharatiya Janata Party after losing the assembly elections from Wazirpur constituency in Delhi in 2013. With agency inputs