Benjamin Gilani

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Benjamin Gilani
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
  • Actor
  • teacher
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Kushal Patel

Benjamin Gilani is an Indian actor of film, television and theatre.[1] He portrayed Jawaharlal Nehru in the 1993 film Sardar. He also acted in the movie "Hum Dum".

Early life[edit | edit source]

Benjamin Gilani playing Estragon in Waiting for Godot at the Doon School.

Gilani was schooled at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla.[2] He is a postgraduate from Delhi University[2] having studied and taught English literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and studied at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune class of 1972, where Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were his classmates.[3]

He founded 'Motleys Productions', a Mumbai-based theatre company in 1977, along with Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah, and Waiting For Godot was their first play on 29 July 1979 at Prithvi Theatre, the play was revived in 2009 for group's 30th anniversary celebrations.[4][5] He is currently hosting a quiz show on Disney Channel India, namely Disney Q Family Mastermind.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Films[edit | edit source]

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Year Film Character/Role
2020 Music School
2018 Haaye Dil
2018 Laila Majnu Ghulam Sarwar Bhat
2016 BHK Bhalla@Halla.Kom
2015 Bajirao Mastani King Chhatrasal
2011 Game Mr. Khanna
2009 8 x 10 Tasveer Jatin Puri
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time Film Director
1993 Sardar Jawaharlal Nehru
1985 Mirch Masala School Master
1985 Apna Jahan Dr. Mukesh
1981 Plot No. 5 Rahul
1978 Junoon Rashid Khan
1978 Devata Shekhar
1977 Alaap Kishan

TV Series[edit | edit source]

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Year/Period Serial name Character/Role Broadcast
1982 Batain Filmon Ki as Anchor DD National
1985–1987 Kathasagar
1993-1994 The Great Maratha Nawab Shuja Ud Daula DD Metro
1993–1997 Tara Zee TV
1993 Anand Anand
Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan Sony
2002 Aamrapali Played Aamrapali's father Doordarshan telecasted every Sunday at 11 am
2004 Sahib Biwi Gulam Sahara One
Junoon DD National
Bhootnath Bhootnath (title role)
2005–2006 Hotel Kingston Govind Sahai Star One Thursday 9 p.m
2011–2012 Bunty Bubbly Ki Mummy Prashant DD National telecasted every Monday & Tuesday at 9:00 pm & re telecast every Saturday at noon
Shamaa telecasted Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm
Disney Q Family Mastermind Disney Channel
Ank Ajoobe Doordarshan

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Adept actor". The Hindu. 19 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Film and Television Institute of India". 16 August 2019. Archived from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. "No 'Alter'native". Screen. 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010.
  4. "Still waiting, for Mr Godot". The Indian Express. 21 August 1997. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  5. "Centre stage". The Indian Express. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2010.

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