Amar Upadhyay (born 1 August 1976) is an Indian television actor and model. The role which gave Amar his major breakthrough and is well known for his role of Mihir Virani from the popular serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus channel.[1] He played the role of Dharam Kumar Suryavanshi in long-running daily soap Saath Nibhana Saathiya. He was a contestant on Bigg Boss 5.

Early life

Amar Upadhyay is a Gujarati.[2] He grew in Malad suburb of Mumbai, and studied chemical engineering after completing his schooling. He is a Black belt holder in Taekwondo.[citation needed]


In 1994, some of his photographs appeared in Stardust magazine, which led to Jaya Bachchan offering him the TV series Dekh Bhai Dekh. This was followed by numerous TV series like, Arzoo, Suhana Safar, Tulsi and Aruna Irani's Mehndi Tere Naam Ki. Eventually, he became famous in 2000 with mega TV daily soap, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000). In fact, when his character Mihir 'died' in 2001, it was followed by protest marches, the TV channel's head office was flooded with phone-calls and letters, eventually his character came back to life, and he is still recounted amongst TV superstars.[3][4]

After his success in television he ventured into film with Dahshat 2003, followed by a big launch, Dhund – The Fog (2003), along with Aditi Govitrikar, directed by Sham Ramsay, though later he also appeared in J.P. Dutta's war movie, LOC Kargil (2003), his film career did not turn out as expected.

Subsequently, he returned to television after a two-year hiatus, playing a key role in the serial Chand Ke Paar Chalo on NDTV Imagine.[5][6][7]

In October 2011 he joined the fifth season of the reality TV series Bigg Boss and finished in fifth place.[8]

In 2015, he entered Star Plus's popular long-running series Saath Nibhaana Saathiya as the parallel lead role of Dharam Suryavanshi opposite Tanya Sharma. He played Dharam's character till the ending of the show in 2017. He is currently starring as an antagonist in Ek Deewaana Tha.

Television series

Year Show Role
1993 Dekh Bhai Dekh Sahil Diwan
2000–2002 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Mihir Virani
2001 Kalash Ram
2002 Mehndi Tere Naam Ki Akshat
2003–2005 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Rohit Sharma / Dev Malik (Raj)
2004–2005 Saathiya – Pyar Ka Naya Ehsaas Kshitij Singhania
2005 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Advocate Mahesh Bajaj
2005 Kkusum Dr. Abhinav Gautam
2006–2007 Viraasat Kunal Kharbanda
2008–2009 Chand Ke Paar Chalo Arjun Oberoi
2009 Dhoop Mein Thandi Chaav...Maa Shekhar
2009 Doli Saja Ke Samar
2009 Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai Advocate Dhananjay Singhania
2013 Ek Thhi Naayka Mukesh Mehta
2015–2017 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Dharam Suryavanshi
2017–present Ek Deewaana Tha Rajan Bedi
As Contestant
Year Show Standing
2011 Bigg Boss 5 Himself
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki Himself


Year Show Role
1998 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge! Ajay / Devdas
2000 Dahshat Vicky
2001 Censor Himself
2003 Dhund: The Fog Sameer
2003 Jodi Kya Banayi Wah Wah Ramji Vishal
2003 LOC Kargil Captain Vijayanth Thapar



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Awards for Amar Upadhyay
Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role

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