Ashok Saraf

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Ashok Saraf
Ashok Saraf.jpg
Born (1947-06-04) 4 June 1947 (age 75)
Years active1969 – present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1990)
Children1
Websitewww.ashoksaraf.in

Ashok Saraf (Marathi pronunciation: [əʃoːk səɾaːf]; born 4 June 1947) is an Indian film and stage actor[1] and comedian.[2] He has appeared in many Marathi language films and stage plays in lead roles and in Hindi language films and TV serials in supporting roles. He received five Filmfare Awards, Maharashtra government award for the film Pandu Havaldar, Screen Award for Sawai Havaldar, Bhojpuri Film Award for Maika Bitua, ten state government awards for Marathi films and Best Comedian in Maharashtracha Favorite Kon.

From the early 1980s, Saraf started getting cast as the leading hero in Marathi films. The combination of Ashok Saraf, Laxmikant Berde, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Mahesh Kothare created the "comedy films wave" in Marathi cinema from 1985 that lasted for more than a decade. His successful Marathi films as the lead hero include Ek Daav Bhutacha, Dhoom Dhadaka, Gammat Jammat, Ashi hi Banava Banavi and Vazir. Saraf has also starred in television serials like Yeh Choti Badi Baatein and Hum Paanch (as Anand Mathur).

In Bollywood, he is best remembered for the comic "Munshiji" in Rakesh Roshan's 1995 action thriller Karan Arjun, in Yes Boss as Shah Rukh Khan's friend and as Ajay Devgn's colleague in Singham as head constable. In the Marathi film industry, he is popularly known as "Mama" (maternal uncle).[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Saraf was born in Bombay (present day Mumbai) on 4 June 1947.[5][6] He grew up in the South Mumbai neighbourhood of Chikhalwadi and went to DGT Vidyalay for his education.[7] He was named "Ashok" after veteran actor Ashok Kumar.[6] He spent his childhood at Chikhalwadi in South Mumbai. He completed his schooling at DGT Vidyalay Mumbai.[5]

Career[edit]

Saraf has been working in the film and television industry since the year 1969. He has acted in more than 250 Marathi films, out of which more than 100 were commercially successful. He has mostly acted in comedy films. He has played many roles in Marathi cinema, Marathi plays, Hindi cinema, Marathi television serials and Hindi television serials. He started his career with the Marathi movie Janaki in 1969. He then acted in the films like Donhi Gharacha Pahuna, Jawal Ye Laju Nako, Tumacha Amacha Jamala, Chimanrao Gundyabhau, Deed Shahane, Haldikunku, Duniya Kari Salam and more during the 1970s and 1980s. He continued to work in Marathi films with Laxmikant Berde, Sachin and Mahesh Kothare. The Marathi films moved in to a different term of comedy during that phase. Ashi Hi Banava Banavi, Aayatya Gharat Gharoba, Balache Baap Bramhachari, Bhootacha Bhau and Dhum Dhadaka are some of the notable Marathi films in which Saraf acted.[8][9]

Saraf has also acted in various Marathi plays and Hindi serials. He then developed his own production house "Aniket Telefilms", which is handled by his wife Nivedita Saraf.[10]

Marathi film career[edit]

Saraf in 2019.In 1980s along with actor Laxmikant Berde Saraf did many hit comedy genre films like Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi, Balache Baap Bhramachari.

Ashok Saraf had success pairing with Laxmikant Berde, another comedian from Marathi cinema who has also acted in many Hindi films. With Saraf, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Laxmikant Berde, together they played many Marathi films and most films were super-hits.[11] Both Laxmikant and Ashok were known to be good friends of actor-director Sachin Pilgaonkar and actor-producer-director Mahesh Kothare. He tasted major success in Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988), in the lead role with the two reigning superstars of Marathi cinema, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Laxmikant Berde. The movie was a runaway hit.[12][13]

Hindi film career[edit]

Saraf played important roles in Bollywood. Some of the roles which are remembered are from the films Singham, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Gupt, Koyla, Yes Boss , Joru Ka Gulaam and Karan Arjun. His performance in films against powerful comedy actors like Govinda, Johny Lever and Kader Khan was praised.

Hindi television serials[edit]

Saraf has also starred in television serials like Yeh Choti Badi Baatein and Hum Paanch (as Anand Mathur), which tasted a major success.[14] Ashok Saraf's comedy show Don't Worry Ho Jayega which was at that time telecast on Sahara TV was very popular in the 1990s. Audiences were very excited to watch this show at that time.

Marathi play career[edit]

Saraf has played number of roles in Marathi plays in his career. Some of the important plays are Hamidabaichi Kothi, Anidhikrut, Manomilan, He Ram Cardiogram, Darling Darling, Sarkha Chatit Dukhtay, Laginghai, and Vacuum Cleaner.[15]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • 1977 - first Filmfare award for Ram Ram Gangaram. In total, 5 Filmfare awards[16]
  • Maharashtra government award for the movie Pandu Havaldar
  • Screen award for the movie Sawai Havaldar
  • Bhojpuri film award for Maika Bitua[17]
  • 10 State government awards for Marathi films[16]
  • Best Comedian in Maharashtracha Favorite Kon?[18]

Personal life[edit]

Saraf with wife Nivedita Joshi-Saraf at premiere of Marathi film Deool Band.

He is married to actress Nivedita Joshi-Saraf in 1990.[19] They married at the Mangueshi Temple in Goa, where Saraf's family is originally from.[20] They have a son named Aniket Saraf who is a chef.[5][21]

Saraf survived a major car accident in the year 2012 on the Mumbai Pune Expressway near Talegaon.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Hindi[edit]

  1. Singham (Hindi) (2011) as Head Constable Savalkar[23][24]
  2. Familywala (Hindi) (2010) (Stuck/On Hold)
  1. Qatal E Aam (2005)
  2. Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa (2002) as Mr. Patel
  3. Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein (2002) as Govind
  4. Ittefaq (2001) as Shambhu Shikari
  5. Inteqam (2001) as Murli (Watchman)
  6. Jodi No.1 (2001) as Ashok Rai
  7. Aashiq (2001) as Constable
  8. Afsana Dilwalon Ka (2001) as Pyarebhai
  9. Joru Ka Ghulam (2000) .... P.K. Girpade
  10. Beti No. 1 (2000) .... Ram Bhatnagar
  11. Khoobsurat (1999) .... Mahesh Chaudhary (Gambler)
  12. Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998) as Tadkalal
  13. Bandhan (1998) .... Chillu
  14. Koi Kisi Se Kum Nahin (1997)
  15. Yes Boss (1997) as Johnny
  16. Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997) as Havaldar Pandu
  17. Judge Mujrim (1997) as PA Natwar
  18. Koyla (1997) as Vedji
  19. Aisi Bhi Kya Jaldi Hai (1996) .... Dr. Avinash
  20. Army (1996 film)... Pascal
  21. Guddu (1995) as Baliya
  22. Aazmayish (1995) as Roshanlal
  23. Jamla Ho Jamla (1995)
  24. Karan Arjun (1995) as Munshiji
  25. Karan (1994 film)
  26. Nazar Ke Samne (1994) as Mamu
  27. Sangdil Sanam (1994) as Bhalchander a.k.a. Sangdil Sanam: The Heartless Lover (USA: DVD box title)
  28. Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1994) as Dhaniram
  29. Dil Hai Betaab (1993) as Vikram's employee
  30. Prem Deewane (1992) .... Shomu
  31. Sarphira (1992)
  32. Meera Ka Mohan (1992)
  33. Jagruti (1992) as Sevalal
  34. I Love You (1992)
  35. Naseebwaala (1992) as Gangaram Lalwani
  36. Benaam Badsha (1991) as Vinay Chandra Rathod a.k.a. VCR
  37. Yaara Dildara (1991)
  38. Chor Pe Mor (1990)
  39. Mahal (1990)
  40. Bade Ghar Ki Beti (1989) .... Kasturi
  41. Garibon Ka Daata (1989)
  42. Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) as Lallu Ram
  43. Pratighaat (1987) as Crooked Lawyer a.k.a. The Revenge
  44. Muddat (1986) as Narayan a.k.a. Ages
  45. Maa Beti (1986)[25]
  46. Ghar Dwaar (1985) as Bahadur
  47. Phulwari (1984 film) as Rickshaw driver
  48. Abodh (1984) as Hanuman (Shankar's friend)
  49. Nagin (1981)
  50. Duniya Kari Salam (1979) as Shivanand
  51. Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi (1979) as Advocate Venkat Vyas
  52. Damaad (1978)

Marathi[edit]

  1. JeevanSandhya (2021) as Jeevan Abhyankar
  2. Prawaas (2020) as Abhijat Inamdar
  3. Vrundavan as Girdhar Inamdar
  4. Aandhali Koshimbir (2014) as Bapu Sadavarte[26]
  5. Ekulti Ek (2013)
  6. Kunasathi Kunitari (2011) ....
  7. Pakda Pakdi (2011) ....
  8. Ideachi Kalpana (2010) ....
  9. Most Wanted (2010 film)
  10. Tata Birla Ani Laila (2010)... Birla
  11. Aika Dajiba (2010) ....
  12. Master Eke Master (2009) ....
  13. Nishani Daava Angatha (2009) ....
  14. Hastil Tyache Daat Distil (2009) ....
  15. Balirajache Rajya Yeu De (2009) ....
  16. Gosht Lagnanantarchi (2009) ....
  17. Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad (2008)
  18. Adala Badali (2008) .... Chandu
  19. Aaba Zindabad (2008)
  20. Baba Lagin (2008)
  21. Anolkhi Hey Ghar Maze (2008) .... Mr. Deshmukh
  22. Amhi Satpute (2008) .... Mamanji
  23. Saade Maade Teen (2008) .... Ratan
  24. Sakkha Bhau Pakka Vairi (2008)
  25. Chalu Navra Bholi Bayko (2008)
  26. Ek Unad Divas (2005)...Mr.Vishwas Dabholkar
  27. Sakhi (film) (2007)
  28. Mi Nahi Ho Tyatla (2007)
  29. Karayla Gelo Ek (2007)
  30. Lapun Chapun (2007)
  31. Pahili Sher Dusri Savvasher Navara Pavsher (2006)
  32. Devaa Shapath Khota Saangen Khara Saangnaar Naahi (2006)
  33. Shubhmangal Savadhan (2006)
  34. Kalubaichya Navane Changbhal (2006)
  35. Akhand Saubhagywati (2006)
  36. Soon Laadki Saasarachi (2005)
  37. Saval Majhya Premacha (2005)
  38. Aai No. 1 (2005)
  39. Thoda Tum Badlo Thoda Hum (2004) ....
  40. Navra Maza Navsacha (2004) ....
  41. Sanshay Kallol (2004) ....
  42. Fukat Chambu Baburao (2004)
  43. Saglikade Bombabomb (2003)
  44. Bhajiwali Sakhu Havaldar Bhiku (2000)
  45. Bhakti Heech Khari Shakti (2000)
  46. Saubhagyadan (2000) ....
  47. Bhasma (1999) .... Masanjogi
  48. Kunku (1997)
  49. Bal Bramhachari (1996) .... Pyare Mohan
  50. Gehra Raaz (1996)
  51. Maaya Mamata (1996)
  52. Topi Var Topi (1995)
  53. Dhamal Jodi (1995)
  54. Painjan (1995)
  55. Sukhi Sansarachi 12 Sutre (1995)
  56. Vazir (1994)
  57. Sasar Maaher (1994)
  58. Ghayaal (1993)
  59. Aaplee Maanse (1993)
  60. Lapandav (1993).....Abheejit Samarth
  61. Wajva Re Wajva (1993).... Uttam Tople
  62. Tu Sukhakarta (1993)
  63. Premankur (1993)
  64. Wat Pahate Punvechi (1993)
  65. Shubh Mangal Savdhan (1992)
  66. Aikaav Te Nawalach (1992)
  67. Than Than Gopala (1992)
  68. Dhar Pakad (1992)
  69. Zhunj Tujhi Majhi (1992)
  70. Aayatya Gharat Gharoba (1991) ... Gopinath aka Gopu Kaka
  71. Aflatoon (1991) .... Bajarang Rav
  72. Chaukat Raja (1991) Gana
  73. Godi Gulabi (1991)
  74. Jasa Baap Tashi Poore (1991) .... Raja
  75. Mumbai Te Mauritius (1991) .... Prem Ladku a.k.a. Bombay to Mauritius (International: English title)
  76. Anapekshit (1991) .... Uttam Rao Pawar
  77. Balidaan (1991)
  78. Thamb Thamb Jau Nako Lamb (1990)
  79. Ina Mina Dika (1990) .... Mina
  80. Shejari Shejari (1990) .... Keshav Kulkarni
  81. Aamchya Sarkhe Aamhich (1990) ... Bhupal / Nirbhay Inamdar
  82. Dhamal Bablya Ganpyachi (1990)
  83. Tuzhi Mazhi Jamli Jodi (1990) a.k.a. We Are Life Partners
  84. Ghanchakkar (1990)
  85. Ejaa Beeja Teeja (1990)
  86. Eka Peksha Ek (1989) ... Inspector Sarjerao Shinde
  87. Pheka Pheki (1989) ... Rajan Pradhan
  88. Baapre Baap (1990)
  89. Tiyya (1990)
  90. Dharla Tar Chavatay (1989) ... Raja Patil
  91. Savla Maroti (1989)
  92. Atmavishwas (1989) ... Vijay Zende
  93. Balache Baap Brahmachari (1989) .... Vilas
  94. Bhutacha Bhau (1989)
  95. Maalmasala (1989)
  96. Ek Gadi Baaki Anadi (1989)
  97. Kalat Nakalat (1989)
  98. Nawara Bayako (1989)
  99. Madhu Chandrachi Ratra (1989)
  100. Aaghat (1989)
  101. Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi (1988) ... Dhananjay Mane
  102. Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani (1988) .... Bhagwan Singh
  103. Changu Mangu (1988) .... Changu/Ayappa
  104. Maza Pati Karodpati (1988) ... Dinkar Luktuke
  105. Saglikade Bombabomb (1988)
  106. Disata Tas Nasata (1988)
  107. Mamla Poricha (1988)
  108. Pandharichi Vari (1988)
  109. Shiv Shakti (1988)
  110. Anandi Anand (1987)
  111. Chhakke Panje (1987) .... Ashok
  112. Gammat Jammat (1987) .... Phalgun Vadke
  113. Prem Karuya Khullam Khulla (1987) .... Bajarang
  114. Premasathi Vattel Te (1987)
  115. Gadbad Ghotala (1986) .... Hemant 'Hemu' Dhole a.k.a. Everything in Chaos
  116. Tuzya Vachun Karmena (1986)
  117. Khara Varasdar (1986)
  118. Dhoom Dhadaka (1985) .... Ashok Gupchup
  119. Gaon Tasa Changla Pan Veshila Tangla (1985)
  120. Khichadi (1985)
  121. Sagge Soyare (1985)
  122. Ek Daav Bhutacha (1984) .... Mavala Bhut khandoji farjand
  123. Sasu varchadh Jawai (1984)
  124. BinKamacha Navara (1984)..... Tukaram/Tukya
  125. Gosht Dhamal Namyachi (1984).... Namdev/Namya
  126. Hech Mazha Maher (1984)..... Kammana
  127. Navri Mile Navryala (1984) .... Balasaheb Inamdar
  128. Bahuroopi (1984)....Bahurupi
  129. Chawhata (1984)
  130. Kulswamini Ambabai (1984)
  131. Zakhmi Waghin (1984)
  132. Gulchaadi (1984)
  133. Jugalbandi (1984)
  134. Savvasher (1984)
  135. Thakas Mahathak (1984)
  136. Baiko Asavi Ashi (1983)
  137. Gupchup Gupchup (1983) .... Prof. Dhond
  138. Raghu Maina (1983)
  139. Kashala Udyachi Baat (1983)
  140. Galli Te Dilli (1982)
  141. Don Baika Fajiti Aika (1982)
  142. Maibaap (1982)
  143. Savitrichi Sun (1982)
  144. Ek Daav Bhutacha (1982)
  145. Aapalech Daat Aapalech Oth (1982)
  146. Bhannat Bhanu (1982)
  147. Daivat (1982)
  148. Gondhalat Gondhal (1981) .... Madan
  149. Sundara Satarkar (1981)
  150. Are Sansar Sansar (1981)
  151. Govinda Aala Re Aala (1981)
  152. Mosmabi Narangi (1981)
  153. Choravar Mor (1980)
  154. Phatakadi (1980)
  155. Sulavarchi Poli (1980)
  156. Hich Khari Daulat (1980)
  157. Sawaj (1980)
  158. Saubhagwan (1980)
  159. Sharan Tula Bhagwanta (1980)
  160. Paijecha Vida (1979)
  161. Chimanrao Gundyabhau (1979)
  162. Haldikunku (1979)
  163. Bailaveda (1979)
  164. Deed Shahane (1979)
  165. Sasurvashin (1978)
  166. Gyanabachi Mekh (1979)
  167. Sushila (1978)
  168. Ram Ram Gangaram (1977).....Mhamdu Khatik
  169. Navara Maja Bramhmachari (1977)
  170. Jawal Ye Laju Nako (1976)
  171. Tumacha Amacha Jamala (1976)
  172. Pandu Hawaldar (1975)
  173. Varat (1975)
  174. Pandoba Poragi Phasali (1975)
  175. Aalay Tufan Darayala (1973)
  176. Donhi Gharcha Pahuna (1971)
  177. Janaki (1969)

Marathi Natak (Drama)[edit]

  1. Lagin Ghaai
  2. Bandu Aani Batate Pohe – Hasavnyasaathi Janama Apula
  3. Sarkh Chatit Dukhtay (2010)
  4. Prema Tuza Rang Kasa
  5. Manomilan
  6. Andhikrut
  7. Zala Ekdach
  8. Vacuum Cleaner
  9. Sangeet Sanshay Kallol
  10. Hasat Khelat (2007)
  11. Sangeet Sanshay kallol
  12. Ek Unaad Diwas

Television series[edit]

  1. Nana O Nana (2011)
  2. Aa Bail Mujhe Maar
  3. Zopi Gelela Jaga Zala (1986)
  4. Don't Worry Ho Jayega as Sanjay Bhandari
  5. Yeh Choti Badi Baatein
  6. Hum Paanch (1995) & (2005) as Anand Mathur
  7. Chutki Bajake as Ishwar Devgan
  8. Raju Raja Rajasaab
  9. Tan Tana Tan
  10. Professor Pyarelal

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