Hindus’ love for their legend historical characters has always been over the top, and it is inevitable. Besides loving the characters, the audience also fall in love with the actors who play those roles. BR Chopra’s Mahabharat is one of that show which has glued the audience to their television screens to this date. The show was originally aired in the year 1988, but it started its re-run on DD Bharati on March 28, 2020. Soon, on the other three channels, that is, Colors TV, DD Epic and Star Bharat, this increased the popularity of the show among the millennial kids.
All the characters of the show had their special impact on the audience, but Pankaj Dheer, the actor who played Karn, seemed to have some special effect on the minds and hearts of the audience. Speaking about how peculiar actors and great minds made the show so popular, Pankaj Dheer Hindushat, even today after all these years when you see the show on Colors TV, you see that everything that worked yesterday is working today as well. While speaking about his character, he says that he had no reference to his character, so his whole character was built on the basis of his own understanding and intellect. He said that he had played his role along with the two very dramatic characters, Shakuni and Duryodhan. So to make his character special, he had to underplay the role, which actually worked for him. He received immense love and affection for his performance in the show.
Speaking further about the love from the audience, Pankaj mentioned that people adored him for his work, and that even today in the textbooks of school, his picture can be seen for reference of Mahabharat. This will keep his performance alive, even after the show ended and people will keep appreciating his work as Karn. He further stated that there are places in Karnal and Bastar where there are temples having his almost 8 feet tall statues and people actually worship them. He said that he has visited those places and people showered their love and gave adulation to him.