Spouse Maheshwari Devi Kharbanda
Years active 1974 – present
Education Kirori Mal College
|Name Kulbhushan Kharbanda|
Children Shruti Kharbanda
|Born 21 October 1944 (age 71) (1944-10-21) Hasan Abdal, Punjab, British India|
Nominations Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies Jodhaa Akbar, Arth, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Angrakshak, Lagaan
Similar People Saeed Jaffrey, Raza Murad, Deepa Mehta, Amrish Puri, Smita Patil
Kulbhushan Kharbanda is an Indian actor, who works in Hindi and Punjabi films. He is best known for his role as the antagonist Shakaal in Shaan (1980), inspired by the character Blofeld from James Bond movies. Starting off with the Delhi-based theatre group Yatrik in the 1960s, he then moved to films with Sai Paranjpye's Jadu Ka Shankh in 1974. He worked in several parallel cinema films before working in the mainstream Hindi film industry. He later appeared in Mahesh Bhatt's classic Arth (1982), Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986), and in all three parts of Deepa Mehta's Elements trilogy; Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005).
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After nearly two decades he was seen on the theatre stage at the Padatik Theatre in Kolkata in the production of Atmakatha, directed by Vinay Sharma.
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Early life and education
Kharbanda was born on 21 October 1944 in Hassanabdal, Attock District, Punjab, British India, which is known for the historic Gurdwara Panja Sahib. His family moved after partition and he did his early schooling from Jodhpur, Dehradun, Aligarh & Delhi. Later Kharbanda did his graduation from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.
After his studies he and a few of his college friends formed a theatre group called "Abhiyaan", and then joined Delhi-based Yatrik, a bilingual theatre repertory founded by director Joy Michael in 1964, and became its first paid artiste, though after a few years Yatrik collapsed as the director was lecturing in US universities. That is when he moved to Kolkata in 1972 and started working with the theatre group "Padatik" which did Hindi theatre, under director Shyamanand Jalan. Here he worked for a while before moving on to Mumbai and films.
He first got noticed in Nishaant (1974) by Shyam Benegal, with whom he went on to work in several more films including Manthan (1976), Bhumika: The Role (1977), Junoon (1978), and Kalyug (1980). Soon he was a regular with Parallel cinema directors, like in Godhuli (1977) with B. V. Karanth.
Playing the bald villain Shakaal in Shaan (1980) directed by Ramesh Sippy, he saw his transition into Bollywood mainstream. Kharbanda went on to appear in Ghayal (1990), Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992), Gupt (1997), Border (1997), Yes Boss (1997) and Refugee (2000). However, he continued appearing in art films such as Chakra (1981), with Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah, Arth (1982), with Shabana Azmi, Andhi Gali (1984), the first Hindi film of Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986), with Hema Malini, Utsav (1984), by Girish Karnad, Mandi (1983), Trikal (1985), Susman (1987), by Shyam Benegal, Naseem (1995), by Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Monsoon Wedding (2001) directed by Mira Nair.
He portrayed Reema Lagoo's husband and Raj Babbar's brother in Shashi Kapoor's Filmwalas Productions', Kalyug. He has also appeared in period pieces such as Jodha Akbar and Lagaan. His most recent films are Aloo Chaat and Team: The Force. He has acted in a number of Punjabi films. He has also portrayed the hero in the legendary film Chan Pardesi (1980) and also starred in the Punjabi comedy Mahaul Theek Hai (1999).
He has acted in six of Deepa Mehta's movies and all her trilogy films: "Earth","Fire" and "Water". He also has done a German film in 2009. He has also acted in TV serials, such as Shanno Ki Shaadi and Mahi Ve. He has been seen on the stage in plays such as "Teen Farishtay", "Hatya ek akaar ki", "Baki Itihaas", "Ek Shunya Bajirao", "Guinea Pig", "Girdhade", "Sakharam Binder" and recently, "Atmakatha".