:ਬਲਰਾਜ ਸਾਹਨੀ Hindi
: बलराज साहनी) (1 May 1913–13 April 1973), born Yudhishthir Sahni (Hindi: युधिष्ठिर साहनी) was a famous Hindi
film actor. He belonged to a Punjabi Khatri
family from Bhera
now in Punjab, Pakistan
. He was the brother of Bhisham Sahni
, noted Hindi writer, playwright, and actor.
Sahni went from his native Rawalpindi
to study at Lahore. He completed his Masters degree
in English Literature
from Lahore and then went back to Rawalpindi and joined his family business. He also held a Bachelor's degree
in Hindi, followed by a Masters in English from Punjab University
. The Tribune
, 2 September 2001. Soon after, he married Damayanti Sahni.
In the late 1930s, Sahni and his wife left Rawalpindi to join Tagore
's Visva-Bharati University
as an English and Hindi teacher. It is here that their son, Parikshit Sahni
was born, when his wife Damayanti was doing her Bachelors degree. Mid Day
, 04 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. He also went to work with Mahatma Gandhi for a year in 1938. The next year,......