How Mukesh Khanna got the role of Bhishma Pitamah in Mahabharata
Mukesh Khanna has worked in many Bollywood films. But he is still remembered for his two roles played on the small screen. The first role of Bhishma Pitamah in Mahabharata and the second role of Shaktimaan. Today, due to the lockdown, fans are once again able to see both these roles of Mukesh Khanna on Doordarshan and are enjoying their great work. But in the Mahabharata, Mukesh Khanna did not get the role of Bhishma Pitamah. He wanted to play Arjun. But Mukesh believes that some things are done by the will of God. One of them was the role of Bhishma Pitamah. Telling how Mukesh Khanna got this historical role.
Gufi Paintal, brother of comedian Pental, had played the role of Shakuni in Mahabharata, with which he was one of the casting directors of Mahabharata. Goofy was the first to call Mukesh Khanna. Actually Goofy had previously worked with Mukesh Khanna in ed. Mukesh asked which role he would be given. Goofy took four names. Arjuna, Karna, Krishna, and Bhishma. On the same lines, Mukesh agreed to the auditions. Mukesh’s preference was Arjun or Karna.
Even after working in 15 films, Mukesh Khanna came to the getup and auditioned. After some time Gufi’s call came and he said that BR Chopra saheb wants you to play Duryodhana. Mukesh flatly refused, saying that the villain does not come out of him. Mukesh still believes that his casting was done by neither Gufi nor Chopra Ji. His casting was from Up (Destiny).
Mukesh says that someone else got the role of Arjun. Rahi Masoom Raza was the scriptwriter of Mahabharata. He saw the image of Arjun in an actor and asked him to cast. Karna’s role also got out of hand. Meanwhile, Gufi’s call again came to Mukesh and he was offered the role of Guru Dronacharya. Mukesh Khanna had read Mahabharata since childhood and according to him every role of Mahabharata was no less than a warrior in itself. He agreed to that role.
Mukesh Khanna had Agreed to Play Dronacharya
But meanwhile, when the scene of Dronacharya was yet to come, once again Gufi’s call comes to Mukesh Khanna and he is called. Going there, it is known that the person who was finalized for the role of Bhishma Pitamah could not talk to him. Vijender Ghatke was about to roll. After him, Chopra Sahab asked Mukesh Khanna to do this role. There is more history. Mukesh Khanna did this role well.