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Actor Praveen Kumar Sobti, popular as Mahabharat’s Bheem, dies of a heart attack at 75

Mahabharat actor Parveen Kumar Sobti, who played the role of Bheem in the series, has died after suffering a heart attack. The actor passed away on Monday.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 9, 2022 8:30:19 am
pravin kumar sobtiPravin Kumar Sobti was popular for his role of Bheem in Mahabharat. (Express Archive Photo)

Actor Praveen Kumar Sobti, popular for essaying the role of Bheem in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat, has died at the age of 75. Kumar’s daughter Nikunika told indianexpress.com, “He passed away yesterday around 9.30 pm. He suffered a heart attack. He died at home in Delhi.”

Besides playing the role of Bheem, which made him a household name, Kumar also starred in many films including Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Shehenshah and Dharmendra’s Loha. Other films to his credit include Aaj Ka Arjun, Ajooba, and Ghayal, among others.

Before he became an actor, Praveen was a hammer and discus throw athlete. A four-time Asian Games medallist, he also represented India in 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich Olympics. He was also honoured with Arjuna award. He worked as the Deputy Commandant in the Border Security Force (BSF) as well.

The official Twitter account of BSF paid tribute to the late actor. “The iconic role of ‘Bheem’ essayed by Sh Praveen Kumar Sobti in B R Chopra’s Mahabharat will continue to bring back memories of the ‘gentle giant’,” the tweet read.  Condoling the death of Kumar, in another tweet, BSF wrote,  “Director General & All Ranks of BSF condole the untimely demise of Sh Praveen Kumar Sobti, former Deputy Commandant, Arjuna Awardee, two-time Olympian (1968 Mexico Games and 1972 Munich Games) & four-time Asian Games medallist (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze).

The actor had also contested the Delhi Assembly elections on Aam Aadmi Party ticket in 2013.

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First published on: 08-02-2022 at 09:23:34 am

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