Krur Singh Chandrakanta

Krur Singh Chandrakanta

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Akhilendra Mishra is a famous theatre, film & television actor. His roles as Kroor Singh in the Doordarshan fantasy TV series Chandrakanta, Mirchi Seth in the Sarfarosh(1999) and Arjan in Lagaan(2001).

March 28, 1962, marked the birth of Akhilendra Mishra in Siwan, Bihar; Mishra did his schooling at Chhapra Zila School before completing his graduation in Physics from Rajendra College, Chapra. He wants to be an engineer, but destiny has planned something else for him. He was interested in performing arts from his school days and started doing local theatre from a young age. He also acted in the Bhojpuri drama “Gauna Ki Rat”, which dealt with the social issue of child marriage; it was his first acting role as a professional. These experiences led to his joining the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and the Ekjut theatre group, where he honed his craft.

Mishra’s breakthrough came with his portrayal of Kroor Singh in the 1990s Doordarshan fantasy television series “Chandrakanta”. His performance captivated audiences and established him as a household name. Although the main villain of the story, he becomes popular with children too with his expressions, mannerisms and trademark “Yaqqu”.

His film debut was in “Dharavi” (1992), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. However, it was his role as “Ikka Seth” in Salman Khan’s starter “Veergati”(1995) and “Mirchi Seth” in the critically acclaimed film “Sarfarosh” (1999) that showcased his exceptional talent and range as an actor.

Over the years, Mishra has delivered memorable performances in a variety of roles. He played Arjan in the Academy Award-nominated film “Lagaan” (2001) and Great revolutionary freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azaad in The Legend of Bhagat Singh(2002).

He superbly played the role of “Lankapati Ravana” in the 2008 television adaptation of the epic “Ramayana”. His filmography is extensive, with notable works such as “Gangaajal” (2003), Hulchul (2004), Shikhar (2005), “Apaharan” (2005), “Veer-Zaara” (2004), Aaja Nachle (2007) & Delhi-6 (2009), where he shared the screen with some of the biggest names in Bollywood.

Some other TV works – Udaan (1990), Jeet Jayenge Hum (2009), Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev (2012), Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya (2012) Diya Aur Baati Hum (2014), Mahabharat (2013) & Tu Mera Hero (2014)

Mishra’s contributions to cinema have not gone unnoticed. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the STAR Parivaar Award for Favourite Pita (2015) and the Critic Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Billu Ustaad” (2018). His performances have earned him nominations for prestigious awards, reflecting the industry’s recognition of his talent.

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