As the nation prepares for big celebrations of Krishna Janmashtmi 2017 to mark the birth anniversary of the revered Lord Krishna on August 14 and 15, we look at the milieu of actors who have played the enigmatic Krishna on television. Krishna has been a celebrated icon of Indian culture and religion for hundreds of years and has inspired a generations of poets and writers, and the modern era of television has caught on with a number of talented actors portraying the divine character in a variety of shows.
1 Nitish Bharadwaj
BR Chopra’s iconic TV series Mahabharat captured the imagination of the entire country in the 90s, and it was Nitish Bharadwaj who played Krishna on the epic series. It was the first Krishna on screen, and Bharadwaj became a hit overnight, with people touching his feet and venerating the TV lord everywhere he went.
2 Swapnil Joshi
After Bharadwaj, it was Swapnil Joshi who played Krishna on Ramanand Sagar’s Krishna. The show was the first big hit for Joshi, who had appeared previously on Campus, Hudd Kar Di, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand and Ghar Ki Baat Hai.
3 Dhriti Bhatia
Then, there was the much loved TV show Jai Shri Krishna that featured the baby Krishna played by Dhriti Bhatia. Not many people realise it but the cute Krishna was actually a baby girl. She went on to play little Goddess Durga in Mata Ki Chowki on Sahara One after the show, and later the mythological role of Bubbly in TV show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon.
4 Vishal Karwal
Vishal Karwal, the Roadies and Splitsvilla veteran, was also signed up to play Krishna on Imagine’s Dwarkadheesh, and the hunky actor pulled of the role with surprising ease as the charming show became popular with viewers.
5 Saurabh Raaj
Finally, there is Saurabh Raaj Jain who played Krishna on the modern installment of Mahabharat on Star Plus. He appeared in a bunch of shows before but he had breakout success with the show, with his charming face and powerful voice anchoring the show.