Praveen Kumar Sobti, who played Bheem on 'Mahabharat', dies at 74

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Praveen Kumar Sobti gained popularity as an actor after playing Bheem in BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharat’. (Image credit: @airnewsalerts/Twitter)

Actor and athlete Praveen Kumar Sobti, best-known for portraying Bheem in the BR Chopra-directed television show Mahabharat, died in New Delhi on Monday evening.

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Sobti had a heart attack at his home in New Delhi.  A family member told news agency PTI, “He had a chronic chest infection problem. At night, when he started feeling uneasy, we called the doctor at home. He passed away between 10-10.30 pm following a cardiac arrest.”

The 74-year-old is survived by his wife and daughter. He will be cremated at the crematorium ground in Punjabi Bagh later on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI.

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Praveen Kumar Sobti had joined the Border Security Force (BSF) at 20. The official BSF Twitter handle posted a condolence message after Sobti’s death.

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).#JaiHind#RIP pic.twitter.com/NPsqCjhou7

— BSF (@BSF_India) February 8, 2022

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While in the BSF, Sobti represented India in the hammer and discus throw, winning gold medals for the discus event at the 1966 and 1970 Asian Games. He also won silver medals at the 1966 Commonwealth Games and the 1974 Asian Games.

Recognising his contribution Union Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “Very sad to learn about the demise of Olympian and 4-times Asian Games Medalist in discus and hammer throw, Praveen Kumar Sobti.”

Very sad to learn about the demise of Olympian and 4-times Asian Games Medalist in Discus and Hammer throw, Praveen Kumar Sobti. He also played the role of Bheem in Mahabharat TV Serial.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and enire sporting fraternity. pic.twitter.com/g4B9uXhynD

— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 8, 2022

Sobti also competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. before winning medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He later moved onto acting.

His first film role was in the 1981 movie Raksha in which he played a James Bond-style henchman. Apart from playing Bheem in the iconic television show Mahabharat, which ran from 1988 to 1990, Sobti also played Saboo in the television adaptation of Chacha Chaudhary.

The athlete-actor then moved onto politics and joined the Aam Aadmi Party in 2013 and contested in the Delhi Assembly election. Sobti joined the BJP the next year after losing.

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