Mukesh Khanna opens up on life before Mahabharat; says, ‘People labelled me a flop actor’

Every actor that was associated with B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat in the late 1980s, became insanely popular across the country. In fact, it would be fair to say that some of them enjoyed even more popularity than many Bollywood moviestars at the time. And one such actor was Mukesh Khanna who played the role of Bhishma Pitamah on the show. However, you’d be surprised to know that prior to landing the mythological epic, the actor was deemed a flop in the industry, and no doubt, this used to upset him. Also Read – Mahabharat’s Devraj Indra aka Satish Kaul struggles for basic needs amidst lockdown, appeals industry people to help

Reflecting on his low phase, Mukesh Khanna told Times of India in an interview, “Before bagging the role in Mahabharat, I had done many films that were big flops. People labelled me as a flop actor and I was deeply disappointed with the way things were going. When I travelled by train, people used to recognise me and ask me if I was Mukesh Khanna, but I used to deny it and say I was his brother. I just did not want to face people. However, after Mahabharat, life took a new turn and I am happy that I did justice to my role and people loved me for it.” Also Read – Trending Entertainment News Today: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife, Aaliya, tells all; Gulabo Sitabo promo

Giving credit for his success to the writer of Mahabharat, the actor added, “I would like to give a large part of the credit of our roles in ‘Mahabharat’ to Dr Rahi Masoom Raza, who wrote our dialogues. He used to tell me how on seeing me, his pen used to write non-stop about my character (smiles). Back then, Bhishma Pitamah made me a household name.” Also Read – Did you know Sumeet Raghvan was a part of Nitish Bharadwaj starrer Mahabharat?

The reruns of Ramyana and Mahabharat — both of which has enjoyed massive popularity back in the 80s when they had initially been telecast — have once again witnessed the same kind of craze among the audience, laying credence to the fact that a good product will connect with viewers irrespective of eras or generations.

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