Mukesh Rishi

Mukesh Rishi

Mukesh Rishi during a Peace Rally in Mumbai on 20 November 2011
Born Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Mukesh Rishi is an Indian film actor who has worked in Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Bhojpuri, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu films. After his graduation from Chandigarh, and working for two years in Mumbai, he went to work in Fiji where he met his wife of Fijian-Indian descent. Her family ran a traditional departmental store.[1]

After marriage they went to New Zealand, where Mukesh started his career as a model.[2] However, he could hardly find time for modelling due to a busy work schedule. Also, he wasn't satisfied with his modelling assignments and he yearned to return to India. So, after seven long years, he returned to Mumbai and enrolled in Roshan Taneja's acting school.[1]

He got his first break in Tollywood in 1988 and has since, established himself as a leading character actor. Although he started his career in Telugu films as a villain, he has diversified into positive roles. In this transition, he joins a list of non-Telugu speaking actors, such as Amrish Puri, Puneet Issar, Sharat Saxena, and Pradeep Rawat, who have played the role of the villain in Telugu movies. He has also acted in Oriya films.


Hindi films

Telugu films

Malayalam films

Punjabi films

Tamil films

Bengali films

Oriya films

Bhojpuri films

Awards and nominations


  1. 1 2 Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Quite a Character. Interview with Mukesh Rishi. Retrieved on 8 August 2015.
  2. Anuj Kumar (24 March 2007) Terror gets a name. Interview with Mukesh Rishi.
  3. Paglu 2 Teaser (Bengali) (2012) (Full HD). YouTube (24 July 2012). Retrieved on 2015-08-08.
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