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Govil in 2009
12 January 1958|
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
Amal Govil (son)|
Sonika Govil (daughter)
Arun Govil (born 12 January 1958) is an Indian actor, producer and director. He has acted in various Hindi, Bhojpuri, Braj Bhasha, Oriya and Telugu movies. He is best known for playing Rama in Ramanand Sagar's hit television series Ramayan (1986).
Arun Govil was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He got his formal education at Meerut University, where he acted in some plays. He spent his teenage life in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His father wanted him to become a government servant while Arun wanted to do something for which he would be remembered. In 1975, at the young age of 17, he moved to Mumbai to join his brother's business there. After a short while he found he no longer enjoyed the work and decided to find something more enjoyable. After doing dramas in college he decided upon acting. He was given his first role by Rajshri Productions in a small film named Paheli.
Arun Govil is the fourth of six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Vijay Govil is married to Tabassum, a former child actress and the host of the first Bollywood Celebrity talk show on Doordarshan Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, which continued for 21 years. His nephew is Film and TV actor Hoshang Govil (Son of Vijay and Tabassum Govil). His father Shri Chandra Prakash Govil was a government officer. Govil is married to actress Shrilekha, with whom he has a son and a daughter.
He found that after working on Ramayan, his spirituality became even stronger. He is a Hindu.
Arun Govil got his first break in Indian cinema in the 1977 film Paheli, when he was introduced to Tarachand Barjatya by his sister in law Tabassum. He later starred in other films such as Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979), Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979), Ayaash (1982) and Itni Si Baat (1981).Sawan Ko Aane Do was a very big hit. Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin and Jio To Aise Jio were jubilee hits.
Ramanand Sagar cast Govil as Vikramaditya in his television series Vikram Aur Betaal and Rama in his highly successful television series Ramayan, for which he won the Uptron Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" in 1988. His role as Rama provided great exposure to him and led to him being cast in other religious-based roles, including Harishchandra in Vishwamitra (TV series) and Buddha in TV series Buddha. Arun Govil has worked in movies of several languages. He has worked in Oriya movies like Bidhira Bidhan (1989) and many Telugu movies like Edu Kondalaswamy (1991), Govindha Govindha (1993), The Great Robbery (1996) and Aa re Kaaliya. He has also got an opportunity to anchor a show on lord Ram, Jahan Jahan Ram Charan Chali Jaahi. He also lent his voice in 1992 mythological Indo-Japanese animation movie Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama as Lord Rama.
He later set up a production company with his Ramayan co-star Sunil Lahiri. He produced and acted in Mashaal, a TV series based on the Indian independence movement. His wife Shrileikha acted and co-produced the show as well.
- Vikram Aur Betaal as King Vikramaditya
- Ramayan (1986–87) as Shri Ram
- Luv Kush (1989) as Shri Ram
- Kaise Kahoon (2001)
- Basera (2000)
- Ehsaas - Kahani Ek Ghar Ki
- Mashaal (Doordarshan television serial) as Ajay
- Phoolwanti (1992)
- Buddha (1996 Sony TV) as Buddha
- Aparajita (DD National)
- Massian di Raat (Punjabi) (DD National)
- Jai Veer Hanuman
- Zindagi Navrang Hai
- Aashiqui (1998–1999)
- Pal Chhin (1999–2000) as Pratap Singh
- Sanjhi (2002 Zee TV)
- Supriya (Sab TV)
- Antaraal (DD)
- Hamara Apna Ghar
- Gayatri Mahima (DD)
- Zindagi Teri Meri Kahani Hai (Sahara one)
- Jeet (Star plus)
- Antariksh (Star plus)
- Kartavya (Zee TV)
- wo hue na humaare (DD) as Ravindra Damaniya
- Vividha (DD)
- Vishwamitra (DD) as Raja Harischandra
- Pyar Ki Kashti Me (Star One)
- "Arun Govil movies, filmography, biography and songs - Cinestaan.com". Cinestaan. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
- "Arun Govil - BollywoodMDB". www.bollywoodmdb.com. Retrieved 2018-04-01.