Paresh Rawal

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Paresh Rawal
Paresh Rawal February 2015.jpg
Born (1950-05-30) 30 May 1950 (age 64)
Mumbai, India[1]
Nationality Indian
Alma mater NM College
Occupation Actor : Film and Stage
Producer : Film and Television
Years active 1984–present
Organization Bollywood
Spouse(s) Swaroop Sampat
Awards Padma Shri
National Film Awards

Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1950)[2] is an Indian film actor, thespian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir.[3] For the latter, he also received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.[3]

He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits like Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011). His other notable works in Hindi include, Shiva (1990), Tamanna (1996) in which he played the role of a hijra,[3] He then ventured into comedy, with hits like Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) and OMG - Oh My God! (2012)

Family and early life[edit]

Paresh Rawal was born in Mumbai.[1] He is married to Swaroop Sampat, an actress and winner of the Miss India contest in 1979. Paresh and Swaroop have two sons, Aditya and Aniruddha. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[4]


Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film Holi in a supporting role but it was the 1986 blockbuster Naam which established him as an actor. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Paresh Rawal's most notable film has been the year 2000 Bollywood cult classic Hera Pheri.

In 2000, Rawal played a dim-witted, boisterous, and kind-hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film Hera Pheri, who takes in Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Sunil Shetty) as paying guests in his house. Rawal's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received.[5] For his performance, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. Apart from doing comedy roles he played negative roles in King Uncle, Kabzaa, Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi etc. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), which was also successful.[3]

In 2002, Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen. Rawal has since played many comedy roles in successful films including Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Garam Masala (2005), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Hulchul (2004), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Shankar Dada MBBS, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009).[3] In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh based on honour killing.[6]

On the sets of OMG with actor Akshay Kumar

In 2012, Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the movie OMG – Oh My God! along with Akshay Kumar.

He has also had a very successful acting career in Gujarati plays, the latest hit being "Dear Father" (Gujarati). For television he has produced several Hindi soaps including Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Sahara One's Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors' Laagi Tujhse Lagan.[7]

In 2014, his next films are Raja Natwarlal, The Shaukeens and a sequel to his 2007 film Welcome, titled Welcome Back. One of his upcoming film projects is a biopic of Narendra Modi. Paresh Rawal is also going to produce the film, which will be his second production venture after 'Oh My God'.[8]

Political career[edit]

He won as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East in the Indian general election, 2014.[9] [10]


Padma Shri Award
  • In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to the entertainment industry.[11]
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Apsara Awards


Year Titles Role
1984 - 1988 Bante Bighadte
1984 - 1985 Chunauti

He acted in a few Doordarshan serials during 1984 and 1988. His first serial was with Reeta Bhaduri called Bante Bighadte in the year 1984/85 and Chunauti- a serial based on college campus.



  1. ^ a b Asira Tarannum, TNN 2 August 2011, 03.14pm IST. (2 August 2011). "'Star kids are not good actors' - Times Of India". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paresh Rawal Actor,Paresh Rawal Profile,Paresh Rawal Movies,Paresh Rawal Wallpapers,Paresh Rawal Photo Gallery". 30 May 1950. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Paresh Rawal". Won 2 national awards for Woh Chokri & Sir. Retrieved 20 April 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "UMANG 2010, Inter-Collegiate Culture Festival, Narsee Monjee college". 
  5. ^ "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "'Honour killing is a dishonour to any society'". Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best from Paresh Rawal has yet to come". 
  8. ^ "Paresh Rawal to act,produce Narendra Modi's". 
  9. ^ "Paresh Rawal in dinu solanki out". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Election results 2014 Paresh rawals biopic on Narendra Modi on hold". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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