Paresh Rawal

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Paresh Rawal
परेश रावल
Paresh Rawal February 2015.jpg
Rawal at the 4th anniversary bash of 'The Pilate Studio', February 2015
Member of the Lok Sabha
Assumed office
16 May 2014
Preceded by dhruvin shah
Constituency Ahmedabad East
Personal details
Born (1950-05-30) 30 May 1950 (age 66)
Mumbai, India[1]
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Swaroop Sampat
Children Anirudh
Alma mater NM College
Occupation Actor: Film and Stage
Producer: Film and Television
Awards Padma Shri (2014)
National Film Awards

Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1950)[3] is an Indian film actor, thespian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu languages fluently. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir.[4] For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.[4]

He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011). His other notable works in Hindi cinema are Naam (1986), Shiva (1990), Mohra (1994), Tamanna (1996), in which he played the role of a hijra, Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013), Zilla Ghaziabad (2013).[4]

He then ventured into comedy, with hits such as Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Nayak (2001), Aankhen (2002), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hungama (2003), Hulchul (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), OMG - Oh My God! (2012) and Welcome Back (2015) .

Family and early life[edit]

Paresh Rawal was born in Rawal family of Nagar Brahmins in Mumbai.[1] He is married to Swaroop Sampat, an actress and winner of the Miss India contest in 1979. Paresh and Swaroop have two sons, Aditya and Aniruddha. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[5]

Paresh Rawal and Swaroop Sampat at the screening of the film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!


Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film Holi in a supporting role. It was the 1986 blockbuster Naam that established him as an actor with great talent. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, in most as the main villain such as Kabzaa,King Uncle Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi, and so many more. In the 1990s, he also starred in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna where he played a double role. Paresh Rawal was perceived as a character actor by both audiences and critics until the 2000 Bollywood cult classic Hera Pheri after which he starred in many Hindi mainstream films as a lead actor or main protagonist.Rawal played a dim-witted, boisterous, and kind-hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film Hera Pheri, who takes in Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Sunil Shetty) as paying guests in his house. Rawal's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received.[6] For his performance, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), which was also successful.[4]

Another notable lead role came In the 2002 when Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aditya Pancholi, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen. Rawal for the remainder of the 2000s was seen in mainly comedy orientated multistarrers in the majority of which he was seen amongst the lead protagonists such as,Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hulchul (2004), Garam Masala (2005), Hungama, Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2007), Shankar Dada MBBS (Telugu), Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009).[4] In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh based on honour killing.[7]

On the set of OMG with actor Akshay Kumar

In 2012, Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the superhit OMG – Oh My God! Good friend Akshay Kumar was seen supporting him and both won rave reviews for their roles.

He has also had a very successful acting career in Gujarati plays, the latest hit being Dear Father.

For television he has produced several Hindi soaps including Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Sahara One's Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors' Laagi Tujhse Lagan.[8]

In 2014, his next films are Raja Natwarlal, a sequel to his 2007 film Welcome, titled Welcome Back. One of his upcoming projects is a biopic of Narendra Modi. Paresh Rawal is going to produce the film, which will be his second production venture after Oh My God.[9]

Political career[edit]

He won as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East in the Indian general election, 2014.[10][11]


Padma Shri Award
  • In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to the entertainment industry.[12]
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Apsara Awards


Year Titles Role
Bante Bighadte
1984 - 1985 Chunauti

He acted in a few Doordarshan serials during 1984 and 1988. His first serial was with Reeta Bhaduri called Bante Bighadte in the year 1984/85 and Chunauti, a serial based on college campus.



  1. ^ a b Asira Tarannum, TNN 2 August 2011, 03.14pm IST. (2 August 2011). "'Star kids are not good actors' - Times Of India". Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
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  3. ^ "Paresh Rawal Actor,Paresh Rawal Profile,Paresh Rawal Movies,Paresh Rawal Wallpapers,Paresh Rawal Photo Gallery". 30 May 1950. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Paresh Rawal". Won 2 national awards for Woh Chokri & Sir. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "UMANG 2010, Inter-Collegiate Culture Festival, Narsee Monjee college". 
  6. ^ "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "'Honour killing is a dishonour to any society'". Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Best from Paresh Rawal has yet to come". 
  9. ^ "Paresh Rawal to act, produce Narendra Modi's". 
  10. ^ "Paresh Rawal in dinu solanki out". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Election results 2014 Paresh rawals biopic on Narendra Modi on hold". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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