Mangal Dhillon Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Family, & More

Mangal Singh Dhillon was an Indian actor, writer, director, and film producer. He acted and wrote for movies like “Bhrashtachar” (1989), “Zindagi Ek Juaa” (1992), and “Heer Ranjha” (1992). His journey in the entertainment field began in 1986 on the TV show Katha Sagar. Particularly, his role as Labhaya Ram in the Hindi TV series ‘Buniyaad’ (1986) on DD National earned him recognition. Yet, it wasn’t until 1988 when he truly soared in the TV world through Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Buniyaad,’ a series highlighting the tragedies of India-Pakistan partition. With over 30 Bollywood appearances, he also crafted numerous films about Sikhism.

Mangal Dhillon Biography

Mangal Dhillon (1974-2023) was an Indian actor, writer, film producer, director, and poet. He had been fighting cancer and was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Ludhiana. During the 1980s, he starred in successful Bollywood films such as Khoon Bhari Maang, Train to Pakistan, and Kahan Hai Kanoon. Originally from Wander Jatana near Kotkapura in Punjab’s Faridkot district, Mangal Dhillon passed away after a tough battle with cancer. Known for his role as ‘Dattaji Scindia’ in the Doordarshan series The Great Maratha, it remained one of his most beloved roles. He also appeared in many stage plays across Delhi, Chandigarh, and Mumbai. Born in Wander Jatana near Kotkapura in Faridkot district, Punjab, his legacy spans across various artistic endeavors.

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Personal Information

Real Name Mangal Singh Dhillon
Nickname AKA Mangal
DOB (Date of Birth) 18 June 1974 (Tuesday)
Date of Death 11 June 2023
Place of Death Ludhiana, Punjab
Age (at the time of death) 48 Years
Death Cause Cancer
Birth Place Wander Jatana Village, Faridkot District, Punjab, India
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality Indian
Hometown Faridkot, Punjab, India
Religion Sikhism


School Govt Sr Sec School Panjgrain, Kalan, Faridkot (upto class 4)

Zilla Parishad High School in Nighasan District, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Uttar Pradesh

College/ University Government College, Muktsar
Panjab University, Punjab, India
Education Qualifications Graduation in theatre arts at Government College, Muktsar
Post-graduation diploma in method acting at the Department of Indian Theatre, Panjab University, Punjab, India (1980)

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 11”
Meter 1.80 m
Centimeters 180 cm
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body Measurements 28-26-29

Family Information

Father Name Surinderpal Singh (farmer)
Mother Name Baljeet Kaur
Siblings Sister- Kiran Dhillon and Ihana Dhillon (actor)
Marital Status (at the time of death) Married
Marriage Date 26 April 1994
Wife Ritu Dhillon (painter)
Children N/A


Ex-Fiancée Mita Vashisht (actor; engagement called off)


Profession Actor, Writer, Film Producer, Director, Poet
Net Worth $ USD 6 Mil


Color Green and red
Food Pakora, Chaat
Drink Filter Coffee
Actor/Actress Amjad Khan, Amitabh Bachchan
Songs Leke Prabhu Ka Naam (From “Tiger 3”)
Movies Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Hobbies Music, Photography
Mangal Dhillon Young Age Picture
Mangal Dhillon Young Age Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Wife Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Wife Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Father Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Father Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Mother Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Mother Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Sister Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Sister Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Ex-Fiancée Picture
Mangal Dhillon With his Ex-Fiancée Picture


Surinderpal Singh, her father, works as a farmer. Her mother, Baljeet Kaur, is a part of the family too. She has two sisters: Kiran Dhillon and Ihana Dhillon. Ihana is known for her work as an actor and model.


Born on June 18, 1974, in a far-off village in Punjab, India, he is currently 49 years old.


After finishing his schooling in Nighasan, Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh), he pursued his graduation in theatre arts at Government College, Muktsar. Following that, in 1980, he earned a post-graduation diploma in method acting from the Department of Indian Theatre at Panjab University in Punjab, India.

Height and Weight

He stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 50 kilograms.

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Wife and Children

He tied the knot with Indian painter Ritu Dhillon on April 26, 1994, in Mumbai. Before that, in the late 80s, he was engaged to Indian actor Mita Vashisht, but eventually, they decided to call off their engagement.


In 1978, he embarked on his journey as a theatre artist in Delhi. ‘Khalsa’, a film he worked on, aimed to revive the genuine history of the Khalsa and involved extensive research for authenticity. Alongside, he contributed to radio plays across Chandigarh, Delhi, and Mumbai. This film served as homage to the revered Great Gurus and the valiant martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Sikhism’s principles and human dignity. Notable among his theater productions are ‘Theatrewala Urf Pagal Hai’ (1996), ‘Baazi’ (1984), ‘Baba Bolda Hai’ (1986), ‘Sandhya Chhaya’ (1984), and ‘Aaj Ka Jarasandh’ (1983). It aimed to showcase the grandeur of the Sikh legacy and their esteemed reputation earned through devotion to their faith.

In 1986, he commenced his TV acting career with the Hindi series ‘Katha Sagar’ aired on DD National, portraying diverse roles. He expressed a desire to fully immerse himself in the art. Regrettably, despite hardships and injustices, some have forsaken their heritage, as lamented in his poignant introduction to the show.

Early in his career, Mangal received the Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners’ Association (RAPA) award for his contribution to ‘Junoon’, a Doordarshan telecast in 1998.

Personal life and death

Mangal Singh Dhillon was married to artist Ritu Dhillon, whom he wedded in 1994. Together, they had a son and a daughter. Sadly, on June 11, 2023, he succumbed to cancer in Ludhiana, Punjab, at the age of 65.


Firstly, he secured the RAPA (Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners’ Association) award in 1998 as the best actor for his portrayal in the television series Junoon. Following that, he received the Baba Farid Award from the Punjab Government for his work in the film Khalsa. In 2006, he was honored with an outstanding achievement award from the Chief Minister of Punjab, alongside several other recognitions from organizations within Punjab and abroad. Lastly, he was awarded the Mohan Rakesh Gold Medal for Best Actor.

Net worth

According to information available online (from sources like Wikipedia, Google Search, Yahoo search), Mangal Dhillon’s estimated net worth is around $6 million USD. His main income comes from his work as an actor and film producer.

Filmography List

Television List

Serial Role Year
Panther Panther 1996–1998
Yug (TV series) King 1996–1998
The Great Maratha Dattaji Scindia 1994–1995
Noorjahan (TV Series) Emperor Akbar 2000
Junoon Sumer Rajvansh 1993
Param Vir Chakra Col. Hoshiar Singh 1988
Katha Sagar 1986
Buniyaad Lubhaya Ram 1986
Maulana Azad Maulana Azad  
Mujrim Hazir  
Lahoo Ke Phool Decoit  
Apane Paraye  

Feature films List

Film Role Year
Toofan Singh Lakha 2017
Janasheen Jaichand 2003
Train to Pakistan Punjab Police A.S.I. 1998
Yash Vikram Rai 1996
Nishana Police officer 1995
Yugandhar Gora Thakur 1993
Vishwatma Madan Bhardwaj 1992
Pyar Ka Devta Murli M Rai 1991
Naaka Bandi Police Inspector Satyaprakash 1990
Kahan Hai Kanoon Peter 1989
Khoon Bhari Maang Advocate 1988
Zakhmi Aurat Mehta  
Dayavan Chhote Anna  
Apna Desh Paraye Log Advocate Sharma  
Bhrashtachar Mangal  
Azaad Desh Ke Gulam Mangal  
Amba Thakur Shamsher Singh  
Nyay Anyay Inspector Khan  
Ranbhoomi Chandan Henchman  
Akayla Advocate  
Swarg Yahan Narak Yahan Inspector Aslam  
Lakshmanrekha Jabbar Khan  
Zindagi Ek Juaa Mangal Jagjit Singh JJ Assistant  
Sahibaan Police Inspector / Daroga  
Dil Tera Aashiq Mr James  
Dalaal Jagga Seth  

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