Suresh Oberoi

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Suresh Oberoi
Suresh Oberoi
Suresh Oberoi at Vivek Oberoi's wedding reception
Born (1946-12-17) 17 December 1946 (age 72)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Yashodhara Oberoi (1974-present)
ChildrenVivek Oberoi
Meghna Oberoi
Parent(s)Anand Sarup Oberoi (father)
Kartar Devi (mother)
RelativesAkshay Oberoi (nephew)
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1986 Mirch Masala - Mukhi
Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
1988 Mirch Masala - Mukhi[1]

Suresh Oberoi (born 17 December 1946)[2] is an Indian character actor. He is the father of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He was born in Quetta, Balochistan,[3] and is a recipient of the 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He started his career in radio shows, modelling and later moving to Bollywood, making him a popular character actor in the 1980s and much of the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Oberoi was born to Anand Sarup Oberoi, a Khatri and Kartar Devi on 17 December 1946 in Quetta, then Baluchistan Province of pre-partitioned British India. Within a year due to partition, the family along with four brothers and sisters moved to India, and later relocated to Hyderabad state where his family established a chain of medical stores. Oberoi attended St. George's Grammar School in Hyderabad and was active in sports. He was a Tennis and swimming champion, later winning the President’s Award as a Boy Scout. After his father’s death when he was just out of high school, Oberoi, along with his brother, continued running his pharmacy chain.[4] He is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, English, Telugu and Tamil.


In the early 1970s, due to his interest in acting and a good voice, he gained entry into radio shows and stage plays, prompting him to attend the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Suresh Oberoi, prior to joining the Acting Institute, met Yashodhara who was from Tamil Nadu and the couple got married in Madras in 1974. In 1976 future Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi was born and the couple relocated to Mumbai.[4]

Modelling and radio shows[edit]

In his early Mumbai years, his prior radio show experience and his well received voice kept him going and his contacts with advertising agencies led to him being picked up as a model for Charminar cigarettes and Lifebuoy soaps, making him one of the leading models by late 1970s.


In late 1977 he made his debut with Jeevan Mukt. He did lead roles in films like Ek Baar Phir in 1980, but the film was not commercially successful. Later he was part of the radio program Mukaddar Ka Sikandar. Then he accepted character roles in Kartavya, Ek Baar Kaho, Surraksha and Khanjar between 1979 and 80, which were commercially successful.

He gained recognition nationally for his supporting role as a Police Inspector Sharma in the 1980 film Phir Wahi Raat, starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead, which was both critically acclaimed film and commercially successful. It was the Danny Denzongpa-directed film Phir Wahi Raat, which laid foundation of him being cast as a Police Inspector in many of his films in the future.

In 1981, then he got opportunity to do Laawaris, which fetched him a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor in Supporting Role. Some of his performances, as small supporting roles which made a huge impact, came in films like Namak Halal, Kaamchor and Vidhata. After these small roles, he received offer to star in lead role in B. R. Chopra's Mazdoor, co-starring with Dilip Kumar. His best performance as character actor came in Awaaz, a 1984 film directed by Shakti Samanta starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead, where he played Police Inspector Amit Gupta. He received nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ghar Ek Mandir.

Since 1984, he regularly kept getting good character roles in films like Ek Nai Paheli, Kanoon Kya Karega, Sharabi, Aeitbaar, Bepanaah and Jawab. He received National Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mirch Masala in 1985. His performances in films like Palay Khan, Dacait, the Telugu film Marana Mrudangam, Tezaab, Do Qaidi, Parinda, Mujrim, Aaj Ka Arjun, Pyar Ka Devta, Tiranga, Anari, Vijaypath, Masoom, Raja Hindustani, Soldier, Safari, Gadar Ek Prem Katha, Lajja, Pyar Tune Kya Kiya and 23 March 1931 Shaheed were appreciated by the audience.

Thereafter, till the early 2000s, he appeared on average in four to five films per year. He has made over 135 films. He recited a few couplets in the song "Dil Mein Phir Aaj Teri" with Anuradha Paudwal for the film Yaadon Ka Mausam (1990).[5]


Oberoi has acted in the television shows Dhadkan and Kashmeer[6] and hosted Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.


Suresh Oberoi married Yashodara, eight years his junior, in Madras on 1 August 1974. The couple's first son is the Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, born in 1976 and a daughter Meghna Oberoi born a few years later. His wife Yashodara is from a Punjabi business family.[4] His brother Krishan Oberoi's son Akshay Oberoi is also a Bollywood actor.

In addition to acting and singing, he was also the host of the show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai on Zee TV for his clear voice and diction. Besides all of the above, he writes "romantic and philosophical poetry".[7]

Oberoi with BK Sister Shivani Verma in Bangkok on the pay-to-broadcast television program Awakening with Brahma Kumaris
Yashodhara Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Vivek Oberoi at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet


Year Film Role Notes
1977 Jeevan Mukt
1979 Surakshaa Captain Kapoor
Kartavya Forest Officer
Kala Patthar Navy Officer
1980 Pyaara Dushman
Phir Wohi Raat Police Inspector
Khanjar Captain Usman
Ek Baar Phir Mahender Kumar
Ek Baar Kaho
1981 Shradhanjali Laxmi Narayan
Saajan Ki Saheli Suresh Oberoi
Raksha Dr. Sinha
Main Aur Mera Hathi Teja
Lawaaris Ram Singh Nominated 1982 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1982 Vidhaata Inspector Pratap Singh Special Appearance
Tumhare Bina Robin Dutt
Teri Meri Kahani Ajay Verma TV film
Taqdeer Ka Badshah
Patthar Ki Lakeer
Namak Halaal Bhim Singh
Kaamchor Suresh
Johny I Love You Suraj Singh
1983 Rishta Kagaz Ka Dr. Ravi Kaul
Mazdoor Hiralal Sinha
Jeena Hai Pyar Mein
Ghungroo Suraj
Coolie Vicky Puri
1984 Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye
Sharaabi Abdul
Mujhe Shakti Do
Kanoon Kya Karega Lawyer, Advocate Gautam Mehra
Grahasthi Captain Deepak Verma
Ghar Ek Mandir Nominated Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Gangvaa Inspector
Ek Nai Paheli Avinash as Suresh Uberoi
Ek Din Bahu Ka
Awaaz Inspector Amit Gupta
1985 Surkhiyaan Shera
Ramkali Inspector Dilip Singh
Raahi Badal Gaye Dr. Mehra
Phul Debi Bikram Malla Bengali movie
Mirch Masala Mukhi Won 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1988 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
Kahani Phoolvati Ki
Jawab Inspector J. S. Sharma
Ek Daku Shaher Mein Rakesh Pratap Singh
Dekha Pyar Tumhara Inspector Ranjeet Mullick
Bepanah Truck Driver
Aitbaar Sagar
1986 Zindagani Sudarshan Special Appearance
Palay Khan Dr. Ramkrishna Sinha
Mazloom Vijay Singh
Main Balwan Anil, Tony's Father
Jwala Dr. Dev Dutt
Dilwala Madanlal Sharma
Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
Aag Aur Shola Aarti's mamaji
1987 Wahem
Thikana Police Inspector Ranbir Singh
Tera Karam Mera Dharam
Saat Saal Baad Deepak Khanna
Naam O Nishaan Zorawar 'Zavar'
Itihaas Kalicharan
Insaaf Mr. Agnihotri
Dil Tujh Ko Diya Ashok A. Sahni
Dacait Amritlal Yadav
1988 Tezaab Inspector Gagan Singh
Shoorveer Dr. S. Malhotra
Aakhri Muqabla
Mulzim Ranjit Kumar
Mohabbat Ke Dushman Abu Bhai, Special Appearance
Marana Mrudangam Vasant Dada Telugu film
Khoon Baha Ganga Mein
Kaal Chakra
Dharam Yudh Kundan
Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1989 Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
Rakhwala Ranjeet
Parinda Abdul Khan
Mujrim Police Inspector Gokhale
Manika, une vie plus tard Rajit Sharma French film
Kasam Suhag Ki Inspector Dildaar Dawood
Do Qaidi Inspector Amar Sinha as Suresh Uberoi
Daata Ramzan Khan
Apna Desh Paraye Log
Akhri Muqabla Bajranj
1990 Sailaab Police Inspector Ranjit Kapoor
Kali Ganga
C.I.D. Major Brijmohan Verma
Aaj Ka Arjun Mohan
1991 Sadhu Sant
Pucca Badmash
Pyar Ka Devta Inspector Arun
Numbri Aadmi ACP Vijay Pratap
Kasam Kali Ki
Jeene Ki Sazaa Dr. Santosh
Jaan Ki Kasam Kumar
Inspector Dhanush Com. Avinash with Kannada Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan
Fateh Major Anand
Deshwasi Pratap Singh
1992 Zindagi Ek Juaa CBI Officer Suresh Chandra Bhatnagar
Tirangaa Rudrapratap Chouhan
Kis Mein Kitna Hai Dum
Dil Ka Kya Kasoor Rajesh Saxena
Apradhi Satyaprakash V. Nath
Abhi Abhi
1993 Santaan Judge Sahab
Khoon Ka Sindoor
Gardish Inspector Saini
Game Inspector Pawar
Anari Bhai Raja Vikram Singh (Nandini's eldest brother)
Aansoo Bane Angaarey
1994 Vijaypath Inspector Rajesh Saxena
Suhaag Rai Bahadur
Kranti Kshetra
Gopi Kishen Rajeshwar Choudhary
Dilbar DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma
1995 Suraksha
Raghuveer Ravi Varma, Commando
Meri Mohabbat Mera Naseeba
Kismat ACP Anand
Jai Vikranta Raja
Diya Aur Toofan Dr. Vijay Mehra
Dilbar DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma
Anokhi Chal
1996 Raja Hindustani Mr. Sehgal, Aarti's Father
Masoom Vikram Singh
Jaan Vishambar
Himmat Blind lottery seller
Ajay Raja Brijraj Singh
1997 Suraj Police commissioner Ramakant
Prithvi Dhanraj
Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhutha IG Suryakant Verma
Lahu Ke Do Rang Dharma Shikari
1998 Surviving Sabu Sadru Short film
Soldier Pratap Singh
Puraido: Unmei no toki Justice, Dr. Radhabinod Pal Hindi/English/Japanese film
made in Japan
Khote Sikkey Pukhraj Mahadevan
Aakrosh: Cyclone Of Anger Mahendra Pratap Gujral/Suraj Singh
2001: Do Hazaar Ek Mr. Amirchand
1999 Sautela
Safari Mr. Ajit Aggarwal, Anjali's father
2000 Khauff Mr. Singhania
2001 Shirdi Sai Baba
Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Mr. Jaiswal, Ria's Father
Moksha: Salvation Mr. Sehgal, Vikram's father
Lajja Raghuveer's father
Kaala Mandir
Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Mr. Oberoi, Rishi's father
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Taya
Dal: The Gang Bhaktavar Singh/Major Balwant Sahni
Asoka Narrator
2002 Raat Ke Saudagar
Deewangee Mr. Bhullar, Public Prosecutor
23rd March 1931: Shaheed Gaoler Chaddha
2003 Yeh Dil
Talaash: The Hunt Begins... Babu, Arjun's Father
2005 Socha Na Tha Nirmal Oberoi
2009 World Cupp 2011 Coach
Karma Aur Holi Shekhar
2013 Attahasa Rajkumar Kannada Film
2019 Kabir Singh Kabir's Father
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Peshwa Bajirao II [8]
PM Narendra Modi Guruji Narrator

Dubbing roles[edit]

Live action films[edit]

Film title Actor Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year release Dub Year release Notes
The Mummy Arnold Vosloo Imhotep Hindi English
Ancient Egyptian
1999 1999
The Mummy Returns Arnold Vosloo Imhotep Hindi English
2001 2001

Animated films[edit]

Film title Original voice Character Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release Notes
The Lion King James Earl Jones Mufasa Hindi English 1994 1995 [9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Film Character Year Status
Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi 1987 Won
Best Supporting Actor Ghar Ek Mandir Rahim 1985 Nominated
Lawaris Ram Singh 1982 Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi[1] 1988 Won

Other activities[edit]

Together with the motivational speaker BK Sister Shivani Verma, Oberoi is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association.[10]


  1. ^ a b 1988 BFJA Awards[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Vivek Oberoi makes his dad's birthday special". Oneindia Entertainment. Mid-Day.
  3. ^ "Suresh Oberoi visits city". Ludhiana Tribune. 27 December 2000. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Suresh Oberoi, ek baar phir..." TOI. Times of India.
  5. ^ "Songs of Suresh Oberoi". Gomolo. Archived from the original on 4 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Looking for fresh pastures". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Biography of Suresh Oberoi". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012.
  8. ^ SpotboyE. "This Actor Was The First Choice For Danny Denzongpa's Role In Manikarnika". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Story of Simba – The Hindu". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Our Goodwill Ambassadors". World Psychiatric Association official website. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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