19 February 1963 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
He is also known for his hit Comedy TV Show, Chidiya Ghar on Sab TV, his comic role in the 2005 hit, No Entry and the latest blockbuster, Rowdy Rathore, as well as his work in Comedy Nights with Kapil, and as a participant in reality stand-up comedy series, Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka (2009) amongst others.
Early life and education
Paresh Ganatra was born on 19 February 1963 in a Gujarati household in Mumbai, India, where was brought up. He did his schooling from Lions Juhu High School in 1981. Thereafter he graduated from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics in 1986, and joined Management studies at Somaiya College, Mumbai.
Participating in theatre while in still college, he started his acting career with Gujarati theatre in the city from 1984 to 1992. He made his film debut with a role in Mann in 1999. He acted in TV series Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka, a Colonial Cousins music video, TV commercials (including Symphony Air Coolers, Tata Phones, Coffee Bite, LG TV, Nerolac, Dabur and McDonald's), when he reached fame with the 2002 multi-star hit film Aankhen.
From then on, he has been active in Bollywood. He is known for his comic roles in comedic films, including No Entry, Welcome, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai and Delhi Belly amongst others. His latest film is Rowdy Rathore, in which Paresh played a supporting role opposite to Akshay Kumar. Rowdy Rathore became a milestone for him, as it managed to succeed at the box office as a blockbuster and, once again, lead Paresh to high qualifies. He worked in the comedy film, Bol Bachchan, starring Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Prachi Desai and directed by Rohit Shetty.
- Mann (1999)
- Aankhen (2002) - Shailesh
- No Entry (2005)
- Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (2009) (TV series)
- Dil Diya Hai (2006) - Patel
- Welcome (2007) - municipal officer
- Money Hai Toh Honey Hai (2008) - Chaman
- Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka (1999)
- Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family (2008) (TV series)
- Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka (2009) (TV series)
- Comedy Circus Mahasangram (2010) (TV series)
- Khallballi (2010) - Karan
- "Khichdi: The Movie (2010) - Advocate Pandit (cameo)
- Delhi Belly (2011) - Manishchand
- Chidiya Ghar (2012-)(TV series) - Ghotak Kesari Narayan
- Bol Bachchan (2012)
- Rowdy Rathore (2012)
- Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
- Shree (2013)
- Comedy Nights with Kapil(2013–2016) (TV Series) - Various characters / Manju's brother
- "Samvidhaan"(2014)(TV series)- K.T.Shah
- Freaky Ali (2016)
- "Comedy Circus returns with 'Teen Ka Tadka'". The Times of India. 22 October 2009.
- "Comedy Circus Mahasangram begins". The Times of India. 6 February 2010.
- "Seen It All, Done It All". Screen (magazine). 9 November 2001.
- "What Action Replay was about...". MiD Day. 26 January 2009.
- "KHALLBALLI is ready to arrive with 30 comedians". 22 November 2008.
- "Ajay, Abhishek, Rohit to spice it up with Bol Bachchan". Bollywood Hungama News Network. 6 March 2012.