Mukesh Rishi is an Indian actor who worked primarily in Hindi and Telugu films. He has also appeared in Malayalam, Punjabi and Tamil films. He got his first break in Hindi in 1988 and has since, established himself as a leading character actor. Although he started his career in films as a villain, he has diversified into positive roles. He joins a list of non-Telugu speaking actors, such as Amrish Puri, Puneet Issar, Sharat Saxena, Pradeep Rawat and Sayaji Shinde who have established themselves in Telugu movies.