Rajendra Gupta is a veteran Indian director, theatre, film and television actor. He was hailed from Panipat, Haryana, India and studied at Kurukshetra University. His father runs a textile business bu...
Rajendra Gupta is a veteran Indian director, theatre, film and television actor. He was hailed from Panipat, Haryana, India and studied at Kurukshetra University. His father runs a textile business but Rajendra is more focused in working on theatre. He met Veena, his wife-to-be in Indore while he’s doing a play in college. But Veena’s parents are not in favor of their marriage so the two leave Bhopal and got married. They now have a daughter named, Ravee Gupta who works as an actress as well. In year 1972, Rajendra attended National School of Drama in New Delhi.
In 1985, Rajendra’s family shifted to Mumbai and he initiated his career in television. During the 80s, he appeared in television serials like Nukkad, Intezaar, Bharat Ek Khoj and Kahan Gaye Woh Log. Few years after moving to Mumbai, he acted in his first film, Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin as Vice-Chancellor Asthana in 1987. A year later, he was featured in the Hindi film, Main Zinda Hoon; a film that won the Best Film on Social Issues award at the 36th National Film Award. Subsequently, he bagged the role of Aslam in Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro in 1989. He has done several television serials and films. In 1990, Rajendra’s name was added in the Limca Book of Records for working on over 40 television serials.
He was notably remembered as Pandit Jagannath in the fantasy series, Chandrakanta on DD National and as Jagat Narayan, the father of Sudha (played by Manasi Joshi Roy) in the television soap, Saaya on Sony TV, where he won the RAPA award in year 2000. He also appeared in television serials like Shaktiman, Aashirwad, Raavan, Kuchh Is Tara, Ek Kahani, Hum Ladkiyan, and Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki Chhaon Me. He also acted as Mahaveer Singh in the very popular drama series, Balika Vadhu – Kachchi Umar Ke Pakke Rishte on Colors TV in 2009. From 2011 up to the present, Rajendra appeared in the main lead role as Kesari Narayan on SAB TV’s comedy show, Chidiya Ghar. Also in 2011, he played the same role as Pandit Jagannath, a Ramal master in the fantasy series, Kahaani Chandrakanta Ki on Sahara One.
Rajendra also acted in a bunch of prominent films like Jaan Se Pyaara, Tarpan, Bhai, Daava, Benaam, Dil Kya Kare, Laado, and Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya. Among all the films the he donned, he stated that he is proud to be part of the 1989 Indian film, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro and the box-office epic sports drama film, Lagaan in 2001. He also worked on critically acclaimed films like the 2005 Shonali Bose’ film, Amu; the action crime drama film, Sehar and the biographical film, Guru in 2007. He was also part of the British comedy drama film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012 and his latest film, Bobby Jasoos in 2014.
He works as the actor-director of stage plays like Sarphire and Jaheez Hatyare, Sooraj Ki Antim Kiran Se Sooraj Ke Pehle Kiran Tak and Dikhti…Khoob Ho!