Rajendra Gupta, a Television icon?

Rajendra Gupta is a movie, TV and theater artist and director most famous for his TV character portrayals of Pandit Jagarnaath in the 1990s Doordarshaan fantasy TV series Chandrakaant and Sudha’s dad – Jagaat Narayaan – in the ’98-’01 Sony Tv drama Saya.

Gupta is the artist-director of plays like Sarphire and Jaheez Hatyaare, both based on writer-philosopher Albert Camus French play The Assassins, and Sooraj Ki Antim Kiran Se Sooraj Ke Pehle Kiran Tak based on Surendra Verma’s 1965 Hindi language play.

An alumnus of the National School of Drama , Gupta has did work in numerous TV serials and movies. He portrayed the character portrayal of the Mukhiya of Champaaner in the Oscar-nominaated ’01 movie Lagan.

Gupta was born in a business household in Panipaat and did his studies from the Kurukshetra University. His dad ran a woolen textiles business although Gupta had no interest in the business; his interests lay, instead, in dramatics and theater. Gupta met spouse-to-be, Veena, a Christian, in Indore when he went there to take part in a university play. Since Veena’s mom and dad did not agree to their marriage, the couple eloped to Bhopal, got tied the knot with, and returned home.

Gupta and his family moved to Bombay in 1985 and he began doing work in TV serials; 3 yrs he got in movies. Gupta has acted in innumerable TV serials and movies; so much so that in 1990, his name was included in the Limca Book of Records for appearing in the number of TV serials – over 40 of them.

Gupta has acted in countless Hindi language plays, although Chanakyashastraa and Kanyadan, a play by noted playwright Vijay Tendulkar, are 2 plays he did in English.

Rajendra Gupta and noted actor Neena Gupta run a theater production company – Sahaaj Productions.

In a ’01 interview along with the Times of India, he mentioned that of all the movies that he did, he is proud of his work in Lagan and Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro. Since he has gone on to work in critically acclaimed movies like Amu, Sehar and Guru. In the same interview, he said that among his TV character portrayals, his work in the Syed Mirza-kundaan Shah serial Intezar , , the fantasy series Chandrakaant and Saya were among his best.

In spite of having played meaty parts in countless movies and TV serials, theater is Gupta’s first love – his ultimate destination. He has acted in numerous plays and has directed at least twenty of his own.

Gupta’s child, Ravee Gupta, is a TV actor.

In 1972, Gupta enrolled himself at the New Delhi-based National School of Drama and completed his post studies in direction.

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