Pankaj Dheer is an Indian television and film actor originally from Kanpur. His best known role was as Karna in epic TV series, Mahabharata (1988–1990), which became a famous Indian television series, and as Shivadatta in Chandrakanta (TV series) (1994–1996). He also played the role of Sadashivrao Bhau, the commander in chief of the Maratha army at the third battle of Panipat in the TV series The Great Maratha produced by Sanjay Khan.Apart from this, he has acted in several Hindi films in small roles, including the superhit Sadak. Currently, he is portraying the role of Himavat in the TV series Devon Ke Dev - Mahadev which is being telecast on a channel known as Life OK. His son Nikitin Dheer is also an actor famous for his roles in epic historical drama film Jodhaa Akbar and the action comedy Chennai Express. He is currently acting in Sony TV series Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane as Mr. Anand Kapoor, owner of a music company.