Popular For Roles Of Bula And Saleem. What is 90’s Popular Villan Mukesh Rishi Doing These Days.

One phrase that we all agree with and have always emphasized more than anything in the world is – “Old is Gold”! While we truly get anxious about preserving the heritage and passing it on to the upcoming generations, this legacy also applies to the entertainment industry! Though there have been innumerable faces that we all have been witnessing as actors, villains, heroes, or heroines over the ages, however, some of them were able to carve a deep impression on the hearts of people that left their marks forever! 

We certainly can’t forget the cult classics and the various characters that are still popular amongst the Bollywood fans and no matter how much time has passed, they remain to be constant favorites or rather glittering golds. 

Talking about the Bollywood villains, in particular, the era of the 70s to 90s was the time when the industry yielded more villainous characters than those heroes or heroines. The perfect characters, deadly looks, and most importantly their life remembering dialogues and speaking styles still echo in the minds of people whenever they tend to hear those names! And to recall the same, the actors like Prem Chopra, Danny Denzongpa, Ranjeet, Amjad Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, and various others were even more popular than the heroic leads! And amongst those, the Bollywood villain, Mukesh Rishi has been one of those antiheroes that can certainly not be forgotten. An actor with a great physique and masculine voice, Mukesh has proved his brilliance in both the sober and baddie looks.

From being an honest police officer in Sarfarosh to playing a don “Bulla” in the film Gunda, Mukesh has aced them all. But have you wondered about what this classic actor is up to these days!? Well, let’s have a look at the stunning journey of the actor and his current life: 

Aged 65 years, Mukesh was born on 19 April 1956 in the Kathua district of Jammu. Initially starting as a villain in Bollywood films, Mukesh got his first break in Hindi cinema in 1988 and has never looked back since. Successfully diversifying into positive roles as well, Mukesh predominantly works in the Telugu and Hindi cinema and has even appeared in various other regional language cinemas like Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, etc and television as well as web series. 

Completing his graduation from Government College, Sector 11, Chandigarh, Mukesh worked for 2 years in Mumbai with his elder brother and father, engaging in the family business before heading to Fiji for work. Finding his lady love in Fiji and tying knots, the duo moved to New Zealand where Mukesh tried his luck in the modeling industry. Unable to give proper time to his modeling assignments following his work commitments became highly dissatisfying for the actor and after struggling for 7 long years, Mukesh returned to Mumbai, India, and enrolled in Roshan Taneja’s acting school to polish his acting skills. While millions of people migrate to the city with the aspirations of becoming a hero, Mukesh on the other hand wanted to grab fame as a popular villain. Even enrolling for training from Dance Master Madhumati, Mukesh worked upon establishing a firm career in the glam world. 

Finally getting his first break in 1988 through the Hindi industry, Mukesh also became a part of TV commercials for some established brands like Thumbs up and Chawanprash during his initial days. After struggling for roles, the actor came across director Sanjay Khan in 1990 who cast him in the role of Mir Sadiq in the television series, The Sword of Tipu Sultan. Though the actor could not bag much fame from the role, he rather learned the fine details about the art of acting that helped him polish his skills. 

Approaching the famous Indian film director, Yash Chopra in 1993 for work, Mukesh surprised the director by asking for an antiheroic role rather than the hero. On this, Yash Chopra rather offered him to be a part of a love story which Mukesh denied and left with seeking the director’s blessing. Later, grabbing a short stint in Yash Chopra’s film, Parampara, the actor got a chance to work alongside some of the popular actors of the industry like Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Dutt, Aamir Khan, and Vinod Khanna. This marked the entry of life remembering villain and Mukesh became a star by charming the audiences with his performances in films like – Gunda, Ghatak, Saajan Chale Sasural, Gupt, Sooryavansham, Bandhan, Judwaa, Sarfarosh, and many more. 

And after all this while, the one question that now surrounds our minds is what is he up to these days!? 

Fading from the Hindi film industry over the years, Mukesh has only been seen in 10 movies in the past 10 years. He was last seen in 2020 in the film Gul Makai and is more active in the Telugu film industry. Mukesh made his OTT debut with the web series, Abhay in 2019 and has appeared in as many as 76 Bollywood films so far and 80 films in other regional languages. We wish him the best for his future endeavors and hope we get to see him back in action on the silver screen again! 


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