Actor-athlete Praveen Kumar Sobti died in New Delhi on Monday evening, according to news agency PTI.
He was best known for his role as Bheem in the B R Chopra-directed TV show Mahabharat. Mr. Sobti, 74, died of a heart attack in his New Delhi home.
“He had a long-term chest infection. We contacted the doctor at home late at night when he began to feel concerned. Following a heart attack, he died between 10 and 10.30 p.m” PTI was informed by a family member.
Before winning medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, Praveen Kumar Sobti served in the Border Security Force or BSF. He went on to have a successful acting career before entering politics.
Praveen Kumar Sobti’s athletic ability earned him acclaim while serving in the BSF. He competed in the hammer and discus throws for India, winning gold medals in the discus event at the Asian Games in 1966 and 1970. At the 1966 Commonwealth Games and the 1974 Asian Games, he earned silver medals. Mr. Sobti also competed in the Olympics in 1968 and 1972.
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Praveen Kumar Sobti’s first film appearance was as a James Bond-style henchman in the 1981 film Raksha. Bheem in the renowned TV drama Mahabharat, which aired from 1988 to 1990 and in which he was credited as Praveen Kumar, was his most well-known character.
Mr. Sobti also portrayed Saboo in the Chacha Chaudhary TV adaption. Amitabh Bachchan’s Shahenshah is one of his many film credits. Also, his character conveyed a legendary sentence “Rishtey mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah”. He also acted in films such as Ajooba, Aaj Ka Arjun, Ghayal, and others.