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|Other names||Parikshat Sahni, Ajay Sahni|
|Alma mater||The Lawrence School, Sanawar|
|Parent(s)||Balraj Sahni (father)|
Parikshit Sahni (born 1 January 1944) is an Indian film and television actor, who is most known for playing the lead in TV series Barrister Vinod, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (Doordarshan) and Gaatha (Star Plus). He has also appeared in three of Rajkumar Hirani's blockbuster films Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, and PK.
He was born in Muree, present day Pakistan, while his father was teaching English at Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan of Rabindranath Tagore, and his mother was doing her Bachelors. Most of his schooling was done at the Lawrence school Sanawar. Then he went to study at Delhi's St. Stephen's College. Later, he began his career as a child artist.
Parikshit's parents were both theatre and film actors, although his mother acted in only a couple of films before her death at an early age in 1947. His father subsequently married his own cousin Santosh Chandhok two years later.
He is married to Dev Anand's niece Aruna Kapur.
On the advice of his uncle, Bhishm Sahani, Parikshit Sahni was sent by his father to attend a five-year course in architecture in Moscow. However, since he was poor in maths, he was advised to get admission in Cinema Institute. He cleared the aptitude test and joined the five-year course in film direction in the Moscow Cinema Institute. He returned in 1966 and started his film career in India.
He was a good friend of late actor Sanjeev Kumar. Parikshit even changed his screen name to Ajay Sahni at the suggestion of Sanjeev Kumar during the shooting of their 1968 film Anokhi Raat, before eventually reverting to his own name a few years later.
One of his most famous films is 3 Idiots. where he got appreciation for playing R. Madhavan's father. He had a major role in the TV series Heena as Nawab Mirza, Heena's father. Heena ended in 2003. Sahni played Veer Pratap Singh (Kaka-sa) on the popular Zee TV serial Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar opposite Nivedita Bhattacharya.
He starred in the classic Punjabi film Marhi Da Diva (1989), with Raj Babbar, Pankaj Kapur, Kanwaljit Singh, and Deepti Naval. He played a remarkable role in the Hindi film Pavitra Paapi (1970) which was based on a Punjabi novel by Nanak Singh (a famous novelist). Pavitra Paapi also featured his real life father, Balraj Sahni in a pivotal role.
|1970||Aansoo Aur Muskan||Mahesh|
|1971||Preet Ki Dori||Govind|
|1973||Hindustan Ki Kasam||Rajesh|
|1976||Tapasya||Dr. Sagar Varma|
|1976||Kabhie Kabhie||Dr. R. P. Kapoor|
|1977||Jallian Wala Bagh||Udham Singh|
|1977||Jeevan Mukt||Satish Sharma|
|1982||Suraag||Dr. Ajay Gupta|
|1982||Desh Premee||Ghulam Ali|
|1984||Andar Baahar||Police Inspector Ajay Sahani|
|1984||Boxer||Tony Braganza,Boxing Trainer|
|1985||Meri Jung||Dr. Dinesh Mathur|
|1985||Shiva Ka Insaaf||Robert|
|1988||Zulm Ko Jala Doonga||Police Commissioner|
|1988||Vijay||Mehra, Nisha's father|
|1987||Hukumat||Fauji Thakur Shankar Dayal Singh|
|1989||Marhi Da Deeva||Dharam Singh|
|1991||Phool Bane Angaray||Dutta Babu|
|1993||Police Wala||Rakesh Nath|
|1993||Shaktiman||Superintendent of Police|
|1995||Ab Insaf Hoga||Police Inspector Khan|
|1996||Yash||R. K. Joseph|
|2002||Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai||Rohit's dad|
|2002||Mujhse Dosti Karoge||Mr. Verma|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Victor's father|
|2006||Umrao Jaan||Umrao's father|
|2009||3 Idiots||Mr. Qureshi|
|2010||Dulha Mil Gaya||Mr. Kapoor|
|2010||Chance Pe Dance||Mr. Behl|
|2011||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Colonel Agnihotri|
|2014||PK||Mr. Sahni (Jaggu's father)|
|2016||Sultan||Gyan Singh Oberoi|
|2019||Housefull 4||Maraja Parikshitap|
|1986||Katha Sagar||Multiple Roles in Multiple Episodes|
|Barrister Vinod||Barrister Vinod|
|1991||Gul Gulshan Gulfaam|
|1994||Chandrakanta||Maharaj Surendra Singh|
|1994||The Great Maratha||Malhar Rao Holkar|
|2000–2001||Noorjahan||Mirza Ghiyas Beg|
|2000||Hare Kanch Ki Chudian||Telefilm|
|2007–2008||Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar||Veer Pratap Singh|
|2015–2017||Santoshi Mata||Raghavendra Mishra|
|2019||Ek Bhram...Sarvagun Sampanna||Kishan Mittal|
- The Founding Father Archived 11 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Indian Express, 24 November 1997.
- Parikshit Sahni turns producer Archived 8 July 2012 at Archive.today Mid Day, 4 May 2006. "..My dad came from a literary background and taught English Literature at Shantiniketan. My mom who was doing her Bachelor's degree there, was expecting me then, and was about to give her exams. Tagore told her that I should be called Parikshit as she was giving pariksha, while I was still in her womb."
- "Ajay Sahni – Interview – Cineplot.com".
- "Ajay Sahni – Interview – Cineplot.com". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
- "Parikshit Sahni talks about his best friend Sanjeev Kumar". Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2016.