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Mahabharat’s ‘Bheem’, actor Praveen Kumar Sobti dies at 74

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Actor Praveen Kumar Sobti, who was popular for playing the role of Bheem in BR Chopra’s mythological show, Mahabharat has passed away at the age of 74.

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“He passed away yesterday around 9.30 pm. He suffered a heart attack. He died at home in Delhi.”

Praveen Kumar Sobti became a household name after playing the role of Bheem in the mythological series and was known for his huge builds. Apart from being an actor, he was also an athlete and a top player in hammer and disc throw. He was a medalist in the Asian and Commonwealth Games and also participated in the Olympics. The 6’6″ tall actor and sportsperson hailed from Punjab.

Sobti, who used to be a Deputy Commandant in BSF, has won several medals for India in the Asian and Commonwealth Games, including the Asian games held in Hong Kong where he was a gold medallist. He also represented the country twice in the Olympics. He gained tremendous popularity in athletics during the 1960s and 70s.

After he entered showbiz, he worked in about 30 movies before meeting BR Chopra, who offered him Mahabharat. The rest is history. After the show, people remembered him more as Bhima than his real name.

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In 2013, Praveen Kumar Sobti joined politics He contested unsuccessfully from Wazirpur in Delhi on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket. After this, he left AAP and joined the BJP. His last film was released in the year 2013. The name of the film was ‘Mahabharat Aur Barbarik’. Sobti essayed the character of Bhima here as well.

His other memorable role was as Mukhtaar Singh in Amitabh Bachchan’s cult classic film Shahenshah. Some of his films include Karishma Kudrat Kaa, Yudh, Zabardast, Singhasan, Khudgarz, Loha, Mohabbat Ke Dushman, Ilaaka and others.

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