Arun Govil

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Arun Govil
Arun Govil in 2009
Born (1958-01-12) January 12, 1958 (age 57)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Spouse(s) Shrilekha
Children 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).

Personal life[edit]

Arun Govil was born in Ramnagar near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He got his formal education at Meerut University, where he acted in some plays. He spent his teenage life in Shahjahanpur, 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 start his own business there. He later found his way into acting.


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.

Religious beliefs[edit]

Arun Govil describes himself as "not particularly religious" and says when he was a child he would attend Ram-lila plays to please his religious mother. According to Arun Govil, his journey from 'not particularly religious' to a God loving person, was really interesting, and today he is happy serving the society. He adds that he's enjoying the spiritual change, he is experiencing today, and feels peace and ecstasy in the same.



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).

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), and Great Robbery (1996). "Aa re Kaaliya" He has also got an opportunity to anchor 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.



Year Film Character Notes
1977 Paheli Balram
1979 Sawan Ko Aane Do Birju
Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin Ajay S. Agarwal
Raadha Aur Seeta Shekhar Verma
1980 Judaai Umakant S. Verma
Ganga Dham Mohan
1981 Jiyo To Aise Jiyo Kundan Sharma
Itni Si Baat Anand
Shradhanjali Raju Kumar
1982 Gumsum Shankar
Ayaash Amal
Ramayana Ram
Sasural Narendra
Jawalaa Dahej Ki
Brij Bhoomi Braj Bhasha dialect film
1983 Lal Chunariyaa
Himmatwala Govind
Justice Chaudhury Inspector Ramesh Chaudhary
1984 Aasmaan Doctor
Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein
Ram Tera Desh Prakash
1985 Karmyudh Rajesh
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan Kamal
Yudh Inspector Bhargav
Baadal Thakur Kiran Singh
Lallu Ram Shankar/Raju
1986 Dilwaala Mohan Kumar
Shatru Salim
1987 Maashuka
1988 Jai Karoli Maa Madan
1989 Bidhira Bidhan Oriya film
Pyari Dulhaniya Bhojpuri film
1991 Edu Kondalaswamy Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
1992 Ramayana the legend of prince rama Lord rama voice only
1993 Govindha Govindha Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
Muqabla Havaldar Satyaprakash
1994 Kanoon Pankaj Vishal's brother
1995 Shanivrat Mahima Bhagwan Indra/
Lord Venkestwara
Hathkadi Arun Chauhan
1995 Buk Bhara Bhalobasha Bengali film
1996 Great Robbery Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
1997 Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law Inspector Deodhar
Do Ankhen Barah Hath
Lav Kush Shri Ram

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