Praneet Bhat is an Indian television actor best known for his role as Shakuni in epic TV series Mahabharat (2013–2014).[1][2][3]

After completing his Mechanical Engineering from K.K. Wagh Institute Of Engineering Education and Research,Nashik 422003, Bhat worked with a software company, Wipro.[4][5]

Bhat shifted to Mumbai in 2002,[5] and after modelling,[6] he started his television career in 2004,[5] and went on to appear on the television programs Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi, Hotel Kingston, Kituu Sabb Jaantii Hai, Shhh..Phir Koi Hai and Kaajjal.

He played the geeky character Aditya in Geet (2010–2011). He appeared in the role of Shakuni in the mythological saga Mahabharat.[1] In September 2014, he became one of the contestants of eighth season of reality show Bigg Boss.[7]

In November 2015, he married his longtime girlfriend, Kanchan Sharma. His Mahabharat and Bigg Boss close friends attended the wedding. Praneet was a contestant on Life OK's dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar 4 and survived for 1 week until being the first one eliminated from the show. He is currently portraying the negative role of Pujan Singh in Star Plus's Rishton Ka Chakravyuh.[8]


Year Show Role Source Notes
2004 Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi Shefan
2007 Kaajjal Bunty
2007 Dill Mill Gayye N/A N/A
2008 Arslaan Shefan
2010–11 Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi Aditya
2011 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? N/A Pilot Episode
2012–13 Suvreen Guggal – Topper of The Year Jolly
2013–14 Mahabharat Shakuni
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Himself/contestant Evicted on Day 91 - 21 December 2014
2015 Comedy Classes Himself
2015 Razia Sultan Kasbi Kalandar Lahhori
2016 Dance Ki Takkar 4 Contestant
2017 Trideviyaan Kilmish
2017–18 Rishton Ka Chakravyuh Pujan Singh
2017–present Porus Darius III


He won the 2014 Indian Telly Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role.[9][10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Navya Malini (Oct 23, 2013). Like lead actors, character actors too are paid well: Praneet Bhat. The Times of India. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  2. Then and now: How Mahabharat has got more slick and grand. CNN-IBN (October 7, 2013). Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  3. Nikita Sharma (6 September 2014). Praneet Bhatt in Bigg Boss?. Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  4. Reenu Dabas (Aug 27, 2013). Shakuni from Mahabharat is neither positive nor negative: Praneet Bhatt. Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sana Riyaz (12 September 2013). ‘Glad that I am playing the role of Shakuni in Mahabharata’. The Pioneer (newspaper). Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  6. Will Praneet Bhatt aka Shakuni of Mahabharat be the biggest mastermind of Bigg Boss 8?. Daily Bhaskar. Retrieved on 2014-09-13.
  7. ‘Bigg Boss 8′ takes off. The Indian Express (September 22, 2014). Retrieved on 2014-09-22.
  8. "No to make up for Rishton Ka Chakravyuh: Praneet Bhatt - Times of India". The Times of India. 
  9. Indian Telly Awards 2014: Popular Awards. Indian Telly Awards. Retrieved on 2014-09-15.
  10. Resham Sengar (September 12, 2014). Indian Telly Awards 2014 – And the winners are…. Retrieved on 2014-09-15.

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Bigg Boss 8
Dance Ki Takkar 4
1st runners—up
2nd runners—up