Wednesday, May 22, 2024
ADVT 
Bollywood

Praveen Kumar Sobti, champion athlete and Bhim of 'Mahabharat', passes away at 74

Darpan News Desk IANS, 08 Feb, 2022 05:41 PM
  • Praveen Kumar Sobti, champion athlete and Bhim of 'Mahabharat', passes away at 74

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) It was the punch he landed on Praveen Kumar Sobti that made Amitabh Bachchan's character deliver the famous dialogue from Tinnu Anand's super-hit movie 'Shahenshah': "Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap hote hain, naam hai Shahenshah! (Yes, I am your father. I am Shahenshah)" But Sobti, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74 in New Delhi, became briefly famous when he played the Pandava strongman Bhim in B.R. Chopra's iconic television serial 'Mahabharat'.

Before that, Sobti, who started his working life with the Border Security Force and towered at 6 feet 5 inches, earned laurels for India in discus throw and hammer throw, winning medals in three editions of the Asian Game -- a gold and a bronze in the 1966 Bangkok Asian Games, another gold in the 1970 Asiad, which was also held in Bangkok, and a silver at the 1974 Tehran Asiad

Sobti also won a silver at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and represented the country at the Olympics in 1968 and 1972. He will, however, be remembered for his on-television characters -- Bhim in 'Mahabarat' and Saboo in the Raghubir Yadav-starrer 'Chacha Chaudhary', based on Pran Kumar Sharma's hugely popular comic-book series in Hindi.

Interestingly, his Chacha Chaudhary character was a giant alien from Jupiter, who provides protection to the elderly Chacha.

Sobti's large frame made him just right for thuggish roles in Hindi and he got his first break in Hindi cinema in action sequences against Jeetendra in 'Meri Awaz Suno' (1981).

Soon thereafter, he appeared in the action thriller, 'Raksha', which was a remake of a Telugu film inspired by the James Bond movie, 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. The strong man, pitched against Jeetendra yet again, reprised the role of 'Jaws' in the Bond movie.

Apart from having a busy film and television career, Sobti also dabbled in politics -- he stood in the 2013 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (2013) elections and subsequently joined the BJP.

MORE Bollywood ARTICLES

Asha Bhosle dedicates 'Sujata' song to her Didi

Asha Bhosle dedicates 'Sujata' song to her Didi
In her caption, the singer-restaurateur wrote: "'Bachpan ke din bhi kya din the' (How wonderful were the days of our childhood)." The reference was to one of Asha Bhosle's melodious numbers, which she sang along with Geeta Dutt, in one of Bimal Roy's most-remembered films, 'Sujata' (1959).

Asha Bhosle dedicates 'Sujata' song to her Didi

Lata Mangeshkar, India's Melody Queen, the ageless voice of India, a beacon of inspiration, passes away at 92

Lata Mangeshkar, India's Melody Queen, the ageless voice of India, a beacon of inspiration, passes away at 92
Lataji sang at prestigious live concerts or charitable events, enthralling global audiences, picked up more overseas accolades, such as France's highest civilian honour, Officer of the Legion of Honour. 

Lata Mangeshkar, India's Melody Queen, the ageless voice of India, a beacon of inspiration, passes away at 92

Mein apni favourite hun: Sargun Mehta

Mein apni favourite hun: Sargun Mehta
She received critical acclaim for her role as Phulwa Singh. She started her journey in the Punjabi film industry with the movie, Angrej for which she received a PTC Punjabi Film Awards for Best Actress.

Mein apni favourite hun: Sargun Mehta

The Most Anticipated Bollywood Movies Of 2022

The Most Anticipated Bollywood Movies Of 2022
2022 undoubtedly is the year of the movies. After multiple postpones and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a massive slate of titles now waiting to be unleashed. Right from epic historical and inspiring biopics to social dramas and horror comedies to impressive adaptations and remakes — Bollywood is all set to rock 2022. 

The Most Anticipated Bollywood Movies Of 2022

Veteran character actor Ramesh Deo passes away at 93

Veteran character actor Ramesh Deo passes away at 93
The character actor is best remembered by Hindi film fans for his role of a doctor in 'Anand' (1971), the Hrishikesh Mukherjee film starring Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, and in Gulzar's 'Mere Apne' (1971), where Meena Kumari, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha played the lead characters.

Veteran character actor Ramesh Deo passes away at 93

Bipasha walks down the memory lane as 'Raaz' completes 20 years

Bipasha walks down the memory lane as 'Raaz' completes 20 years
Bipasha played the role of a woman who is haunted by the spirit of her husband's lover, the glamorous diva set the tone for the rest of her career with this film. The Vikram Bhatt directorial became the second highest grossing film of 2002.

Bipasha walks down the memory lane as 'Raaz' completes 20 years

PrevNext