Raghubir Yadav

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Raghubir Yadav
Born June 25, 1957
Jabalpur, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Poornima Yadav 1986-

Raghubir Yadav (also credited as Raghuvir Yadav) is an Indian film, stage and television actor, music composer, singer and set designer. He made his film debut with Massey Sahib (1985) in which Yadav played the title role.[1][2] Incidentally he has never won the National Award but two International Awards as Best Actor for Massey Sahib,[3] FIPRESCI Critic's Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987.[3] The film also starred the noted writer and social activist, Arundhati Roy. Raghuvir Yadav is an alumnus of the 1977 batch at the National School of Drama, New Delhi



Yadav performed as an actor and singer in over 70 plays and about 2500 shows, travelling in caravans, living in tents and performing on makeshift stages in villages, towns and cities of India with the Parsi Theatre Company (1967–1973). He was with the Rangoli Puppet Theatre, Lucknow (1973–1974), performing with glove puppets. At the National School of Drama Repertory (1977–1986), he acted in about 40 plays in over 2000 shows. He has also contributed to music, sets, costumes and masks.He is the brother of Rajpal Yadav.


He was seen in many milestone films in the coming decades. Three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Salaam Bombay!, Lagaan, and Water). Raghubir Yadav is the only Indian actor to have received the Silver Peacock Best Actor Award, at the International Film Festival of India. His most acclaimed role was as the drug addicted "Chillum" in Salaam Bombay! (1988). In 2011 he plays the lead role in the film Dear Friend Hitler which takes its name from two letters Mahatma Gandhi wrote Adolf Hitler, in 1939 immediately before World War II and Christmas Eve 1940 after the war had started, to prevent and to stop the war.


Yadav started his television career with the TV series Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1990), playing the lead character 'Mungerilal'. Later he played the roles of Haji Nasruddin the series Mulla Nasiruddin and the lead in Chacha Chaudhary. He also played the lead role for BI T.V. in Arjun Pandit.


  • He composes and sings in films that include Maya Memsaab, Massey Sahib, Rudaali, Aasmaan Se Gira, O Darling ye hai India, Samar, Sunday, Darna mana hai, Ramaji London waale, Billu Barber, Dilli 6. He sang the title song of Chacha Chaudhary. He sang a song in Amir Khan's Peepli Live called "Mehngai Dayain" with bhadwai village mandli in which he was later praised by many topguns of Indian film fraternity
  • He provided singing and voice for ads: Pepsi, Parle, Vim, Kotak Mahindra, Icy Cool Mint, Coke, Midday, Bagh Bakari Chai, Crack cream, Maggie Mania, Britannia etc.
  • He also sang and composed the famous MP tourism ad -'MP a jab hai, sabse gazab hai'
  • He composed music for Ghasiram Kotwal, Chotte Sayeed Bade Sayeed, Chaupra Kamaal Naukar Jamal, Chacha Chaudhary, ballet for song and drama division. Composed and sang "Maggie Mania", conceived, written and composed by Ramlila for Dilli 6.
  • He recently collaborated with Hitesh Sonik to sing 'Lamh Tera' in the second episode of Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 2. The show was aired on MTV India on July 14 and this song was the fifth and last to be shown on the show. The song is a folk song from Madhya Pradesh. In ancient times, the journey from one place to another would take days. People while travelling would then usually sing to ensure everyone is safe. This style of singing was called 'lum tera'. A member/group at the front of the caravan would sing loudly (lambi ter) and the members/groups at the end would sing back as a response, thereby ensuring connectivity.[4]
  • He has sung a song Bhagan ke Rekhan ki bahangiya in movie Issaq. Raghubir has shown his talent again.


  • IFFI, Silver Peacock Award as Best Actor: Massey Sahib at the International Film Festival of India Award (1987).
  • FIPRESCI Critic's Award, Venice for Best Actor: Massey Sahib (1986).


Year Film Director Notes
1985 Massey Sahib Pradeep Krishen Best Actor's Award,SILVER PEACOCK,IIFI International Film Festival of India, 1987; FIPRESCI Critic's Award for performance as Main Actor, Venice Film Festival 1986
1988 Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair Nominated, 1988 Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film
In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones Pradeep Krishen
1990 Disha Sai Paranjpye Jury award at Rencontres Cinématographiques, Cannes Film Festival, 1990
1991 Kasba Kumar Shahani Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, 1991
1992 Electric Moon Pradeep Krishen
Aasman Se Gira Pankaj Parashar
Dharavi Sudhir Mishra National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, 1992
1993 Rudaali Kalpana Lajmi
Maya Memsaab Ketan Mehta
Papeeha Sai Paranjpye
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Shyam Benegal National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, 1993
Chor Aur Chand Pavan Kaul
Sardar Ketan Mehta
1994 Bandit Queen Shekhar Kapoor National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, 1996
1942: A Love Story Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Udhaar Ki Zindagi K. V. Raju
1995 Dushmani Bunty Soorma
Nirantharam Rajendra Prasad Locarno International Film Festival
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Sanjay Leela Bhansali Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie, 1996
1997 Saaz (film) Sai Paranjpye
Damu (Bengali) Raja Sen
1998 Rui Ka Bhoj Subhash Agrawal
Dil Se.. Mani Ratnam
1999 Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Manoj Punj, Shamim Ara
Samar Shyam Benegal Winner, the Golden Lotus National Film Award for Best Feature Film, 1999
2000 Tarkieb Esmayeel Shroff
Bawandar Jag Mundra
2001 Lagaan Ashutosh Gowarikar Nominated, 2001 Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film
Asoka Santosh Sivan
2002 Yatharth Rajesh Seth
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Ravi Sharma Shankar
Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hai Deepak Anand
Agni Varsha Arjun Sajnani
2003 Aanch Rajesh Kumar Singh
Darna Mana Hai Prawal Raman
Kahan Ho Tum Vijay Kumar
2004 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities M. F. Husain
Gayab Prawal Raman
Deewaar Milan Luthria
2005 Water Deepa Mehta Nominated, 2005 Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film
The White Land Jayant Gillator
Bhaiya Anari Bhauji Khilari (Bhojpuri) Sushil Upadhaya
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai? Raj Kaushal
2007 Deha Mahesh Manjrekar
Aaja Nachle Anil Mehta
2008 Saanncha Aloknath Dixit
Firaaq Nandita Das
2009 Dilli 6 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Yeh Khula Aasmaan

Rohit Nayyar

Gitanjali Sinha

Thanks maa Irfan Kamal
2010 Peepli Live Anusha Rizvi
2011 Gandhi To Hitler Rakesh Ranjan Kumar
2012 Aalaap Manish Manikpuri
Married 2 America Dilip Shankar
2013 Minugurulu Ayodhyakumar
Club 60 Manu Bhai


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