Darshan Jariwala

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Darshan Jariwala
Darshan Jariwala at Premiere of Loins of Punjab Presents.jpg
Darshan Jariwala at the Bombay Talkies play
Born (1958-09-29) 29 September 1958 (age 60)
Apara Mehta (m. 1980)

Darshan Jariwala (Gujarati: દર્શન જરીવાલા) (born 29 September 1958) is an Indian film, television and stage actor. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Gandhi, My Father.[1] He was seen as Cheddilal Chaturvedi in the show Saas Bina Sasural which aired on Sony Entertainment Television (India) between 18 October 2010 to 6 September 2012.[2]


Jariwala is the son of veteran Gujarati actress Leela Jariwala (a contemporary of Dina Pathak) and Vidyasagar Jariwala. He has acted in films as well as on Indian television. One of his most remembered Gujarati TV serials is Narsinh Mehta, about the saint poet and devotee of Krishna. His role of Mahatma Gandhi in the 2007 film Gandhi, My Father put him on the international map.[2]

His Gujarati plays include Hatheli Par BaadBaaki, Patro Mitro, Mulraj Mansion and Andhalo Pato. He acted in a Hindi play, Uncle Samjha Karo and in English theatre Going Solo 2. He ventured into the new age mainstream Gujarati Cinema with the Abhishek Jain-directed Bey Yaar, released in 2014.

His company Leela Theatres has coproduced an English Play, Salt & Pepper, starring him, Mandira Bedi, Kuki Grewal and Vikram Kochar, written and directed by Vikranth Pawar, and produced the English comedy Your Place Or Mine? and Gujarati double bill Ramesh Aakhi Raat, comprising two one-act plays based on Ramesh Parekh's writings.

He has acted in Hindi films like Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Guru, Aap Kaa Surroor, Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Humshakals.[2]

Feroz Abbas Khan (director of Gandhi, My Father and a veteran theatre personality) had approached him for Gandhi's role in his famous play Mahatma v/s Gandhi. But due to date problems, the actor had to let go of the project. However, Feroz was bent on casting him as Gandhi and again approached him for Gandhi, My Father, which finally materialized.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1980, he married Indian television personality Apara Mehta, with whom he has one daughter. They had another marriage ceremony in 1981 when their parents decided to perform the marriage in grand scale. They have been living separately for a long time due to personal differences, but are not officially divorced.[3]


Film Year Role Notes
Sweetiee Weds NRI 2017
Ek Tha Hero 2016
Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 2016
Sense8 2015 Manendra Rasal
Humshakals 2014 Cyrus Patel
Entertainment 2014 cameo
Bey Yaar 2014
Million Dollar Arm 2014 Vivek
Phata Poster Nikla Hero 2013 Police Inspector
Hungame pe Hungama 2013 Hari Ram/Papa
Commando 2013 Col. Akhilesh Sinha
Ajab Gazabb Love 2012 Yashvardhan Grewal
Rowdy Rathore 2012 Commissioner
Joker 2012
Kahaani 2012 Pratap Bajpayee
Aarakshan 2011 Anirudh Chaudhary
F.A.L.T.U 2011 Virani
Rakta Charitra 2010 SP Kanoonga
Raajneeti 2010 Ramnath Rai
Paiyaa 2010 Tamil
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani 2009 Shiv Shankar Sharma
Life Partner 2009 Darshan Manibhai Patel
What's Your Raashee? 2009 Devendra 'Devu' Patel
Rang Rasiya 2009
Halla Bol 2008 Ganpat Rao Gaekwad
Superstar 2008 M.G.Saxena
Aap Kaa Surroor - The Real Luv Story 2007 Khurana
Gandhi, My Father 2007 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Aaja Nachle 2007 Guru Makarand
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. 2007 Ram Prasad
Guru 2007 Anand Patekar
Continuum 2006 Uncle Pareira
Xcuse Me 2003 Sardesai
Style 2001 Principal Sardesai
Paagalpan 2001 Malpani
Oxygen 2018 Sardarji Gujarati Movie



  1. ^ "55th NATIONAL FILM AWARDS FOR THE YEAR 2007" (PDF). Press Information Bureau (Govt. of India).
  2. ^ a b c d Patel, kalgi (13 April 2015). "Darshan Jariwala: My personal struggles have helped my professional growth". Times of India. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Interview with Apara Mehta".

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