Birbal Khosla Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Death Cause: Cardiac Arrest
Age: 84 Years
Death Date: 12/09/2023

Birbal Khosla

Real nameSatinder Kumar Khosla [1]Hindustan Times
Profession Actor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
DebutFilm: Do Badan (1966) as 'Mohan’s batchmate'
Poster of the 1966 Hindi film 'Do Badan'
Last Film10 Nahi 40 (2022) as 'Birbal'
Birbal Khosla in a still from the 2022 Hindi film '10 Nahi 40'
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 October 1938 (Friday)
BirthplaceGurdaspur, Punjab Province, British India (now Gurdaspur, Punjab, India)
Date of Death12 September 2023
Place of DeathKokilaben Hospital, Mumbai
Age (at the time of death)84 Years
Death CauseCardiac Arrest [2]Hindustan Times
Zodiac signScorpio
Nationality• British Indian (from the date of his birth till 15 August 1947)
• Indian (from 15 August 1947 till the day he died)
HometownNew Delhi
SchoolHira Lal Jain Senior Secondary School, New Delhi
College/University• University of Delhi
• A college in Jalandhar, Punjab
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Married
Wife/SpouseNeena Bhatia
ChildrenSon- Santosh
Daughter- Shalini
ParentsFather- Name Not Known (Owner of a printing press in Punjab)
Mother- Name Not Known
SiblingsHe had two younger brothers and two younger sisters.

Birbal Khosla

Some Lesser Known Facts About Birbal Khosla

  • Birbal Khosla was an Indian actor, who primarily appeared in Bollywood films. He died at the age of 84 due to a cardiac arrest in 2023.
  • During his college years in Jalandhar, he often watched films featuring Kishore Kumar, which inspired him to pursue a career in acting.
  • He made his first appearance in the film industry when director Ram Dayal provided him with an opportunity to feature in a single shot of the music video of a song from the film ‘Raja’ released in the early 1960s.
  • In the early stages of his acting career, he took on small jobs and worked for daily wages to make ends meet.
  • He gained popularity after playing the role of Baanchcharam in V. Shantaram’s 1967 film ‘Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti.’

    Poster of the 1967 Hindi film 'Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti'

    Poster of the 1967 Hindi film ‘Boond Jo Ban Gayi Moti’

  • Birbal often credited Raj Khosla and Manoj Kumar for his success, given his appearances in many of their films, including ‘Upkar’ (1967), ‘Mera Saaya’ (1966), ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ (1971), ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ (1974), and ‘Kranti’ (1981).
  • In 1970, he played the role of a circus surgeon in Raj Kapoor‘s romantic drama film ‘Mera Naam Joker.’
  • He is recognised for his role as a prisoner with a half-shaven moustache in the iconic 1975 Hindi film ‘Sholay,’ which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in the lead roles.

    Birbal Khosla in a still from the 1975 Hindi film 'Sholay'

    Birbal Khosla in a still from the 1975 Hindi film ‘Sholay’

  • Birbal acted in over 500 films in various languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, and Bhojpuri.
  • While filming the Hindi film ‘Anita’ in 1967, actor Manoj Kumar and director Raj Khosla felt that his original name wasn’t appropriate for the film industry. Later, they gave him the screen name ‘Birbal.’ [3]The Times of India