For other individuals with the same name, see Praveen Kumar (disambiguation)Praveen Kumar (born Praveen Kumar Sobti on 6 December 1947) is an Indian athlete and film actor. He has played the famous character of "Bheem" in BR Chopra's legendary television series "Mahabharat" started in 1988. He has starred in more than 50 Hindi films. He is an Arjuna awardee and star of Indian athletics in the 1960s and the 1970s Asian games. He contested the 2013 Delhi Legislative elections on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, but lost. Subsequently, in 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.