‘Parmatma ka diya bahut hai,’ when ‘Mahabharat’s’ Praveen Kumar Sobti dismissed news of facing financial woes
"Mere paas itna diya hai ki jab mein duniya sey bhi jaaonga, kuch chod ke jaaonga," Praveen Kumar Sobti told Zee News.
- Praveen Kumar Sobti dies at 74
- He had won 4 Asian Games medals and participated twice in the Olympics
- He is a recipient of Arjuna Award.
New Delhi: Actor-athlete Praveen Kumar Sobti, best known for playing Bheem in BR Chopra’s mythological superhit drama ‘Mahabharat’, passed away at the age of 74, after suffering a cardiac arrest late Monday (February 7). The actor breathed his last at his Ashok Vihar residence in Delhi. Praveen had a noteworthy career in sports before he ventured into acting. Praveen is a four-time Asian Games medallist (2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) and also represented India in two Olympic Games (1968 Mexico Games and 1972 Munich Games). He is also an Arjuna Awardee. However, last year the news of him suffering financial woes went viral online.
Speaking to Zee news exclusively, the actor dismissed it and called it false. “Jo inhone likha hai bighaar mere jaanney key, naa mey inhey mila hoon, na mai inhey jaantaa hoon. Meri koi financial position weak nahi hai. Parmatma ka diya bohot hai merey paas.” (Whatever is being written about me without my knowledge, by people I have never met is false. I am not suffering from any financial woes. By god grace, I am bountiful).
He further said, “Absolutely, yeh galat hai. Ek paisey ki bhi isme sachai nahi hai. Mere paas itna diya hai ki jab mein duniya sey bhi jaaonga, kuch chod ke jaaonga.” (Absolutely, it is false. There is no truth to it. Even when I die, I will leave some behind).
Praveen revealed the rumours of his financial woes started when he told a journalist that he is not receiving pension from the Punjab government that is given to athletes.
Due to his illustrious sports career, Praveen got the job of Deputy Commandant in the Border Security Force (BSF).
The ‘Mahabharat’ actor is survived by his wife, daughter, two younger brothers and a sister.