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Nationality  Indian
Name  Gajendra Chauhan
Role  Television actor
Spouse  Habiba Rehman
Years active  1984-present

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Born  10 October 1956 (age 59) (1956-10-10) Delhi, India
Movies  Khuli Khidki, Baghban, International Khiladi, Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge, Barsaat
Similar People  Habiba Rehman, Rumi Jaffery, Pankaj Dheer, Ravi Chopra, Suneel Darshan

Occupation  Actor Chairman of FTII
Other names  Gajendra Singh Chauhan

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Gajendra Singh Chauhan (born 10 October 1956), known professionally as Gajendra Chauhan, is an Indian television and film actor, best known for his portrayal of Yudhishthira in the historical television series, Mahabharat (1988–90). In 2015, he was appointed as the chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).


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Early life

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Chauhan was born in Delhi, on 14 October 1956. He did a diploma in radiography from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before he moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting. There he studied acting in the school run by Roshan Taneja, who had previously taught at FTII.

Acting career

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Chauhan's acting career spans 34 years, and by his own count, he has worked in 600 television series and almost 150 movies during that period. His first break as an actor was in television series Paying Guest in 1983, and he went on to act in shows such as Rajni, Air Hostess and Adalat. The first acting part in a film that he did was in Main Chup Nahi Rahoongi in 1986. In reviews of his film career, Times of India and Firstpost wrote that he had played significant roles only in a few "C-grade" movies, with most of his other roles being cameo appearances, a few of which were in mainstream movie.


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Chauhan was initially offered to play the role of Lord Krishna in the television series, and shot for two episodes of the series in this role. However filming for the first series was delayed, and Chauhan moved south to take on new work. Upon his return, Chauhan had put on weight and was considered unsuitable for the role of Krishna. He was later offered the role of Yudhishthira, which went on to being the role he has become better known by.

Administration and politics

Chauhan has also been involved in the administration of Cinema and Television Artists Association for 20 years, and served as its president for a year. In 2004 Chauhan entered politics, and became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for which he has worked as the national convener for culture.

Chairman of Film and Television Institute of India

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On 9 June 2015, Chauhan was appointed as the Chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). His appointment proved to be controversial amid allegations by students that it was a blatant attempt to "saffronize the institute". A section of left-wing students association, including All India Students Association (AISA) (the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation) continue to agitate. Chauhan requested the students to give him a year to prove himself, and insisted that he would be better than the previous chairpersons.

Among those who have supported Chauhan's appointment as FTII chairman are BJP supporters and politicians including Mukesh Khanna,Shatrughan Sinha, Paresh Rawal, Hema Malini, Raza Murad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and Paintal. Many more including FTII alumni and former teachers, actors, film technicians, filmmakers and political leaders have opposed his appointment, prominent among whom include Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anupam Kher, Piyush Mishra, Anand Patwardhan, Kiran Rao, Jahnu Barua, Salman Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Resul Pookutty, Rajkummar Rao, Amol Palekar, Soumitra Chatterjee, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal.



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