Paresh Rawal

Last updated

Paresh Rawal
Paresh Rawal still4.jpg
Rawal in 2011
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
26 May 2014 23 May 2019
Preceded by Harin Pathak
Succeeded by Hasmukh Patel
Constituency Ahmedabad East
Chairperson of National School of Drama
Assumed office
September, 2020
Personal details
Born (1950-05-30) 30 May 1950 (age 71) [1]
Bombay, Bombay State, India [2]
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Alma mater Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics
  • Actor
  • producer
  • politician
  • comedian [3]
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s) Swaroop Sampat
Honours Padma Shri (2014)

Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1950) is an Indian actor, comedian, [4] film producer and politician known for his works notably in Hindi and few Telugu films. He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency from 2014 to 2019. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir . [5] For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. 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. [5]


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), Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013) and Zilla Ghaziabad (2013). [5]

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), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007), One Two Three (2008), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), Ready (2010), OMG – Oh My God! (2012), Welcome Back (2015), Dharam Sankat Mein (2015), Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (2017), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Sanju (2018), Made in China (2019) and Coolie No. 1 (2020).

Personal life

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

Rawal was born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai). [2] 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 Anirudh. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai. [6]

Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and English.[ citation needed ]


Rawal made his debut with the 1985 film Arjun 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, mostly as the main villain, such as in Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Kabzaa, King Uncle, Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi and so many more. In the 1990s, he also starred in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna in which he played a double role. 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 the 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 in his house. Rawal's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received. [7] 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. [5]

Another notable lead role came in 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 oriented multi-starrers, mostly amongst the lead protagonists such as in 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). [5] In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh , based on honour killing. [8]

On the set of OMG with actor Akshay Kumar On the sets of OMG.jpg
On the set of OMG with actor Akshay Kumar

In 2012, 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 . [9]

His latest notable release is Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju with Ranbir Kapoor. He plays actor Sunil Dutt's role in the movie. He is also reprising his role as Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in Hera Pheri 3 which was going to be released in 2019, [10] but is 'on hold' as of May 2020. [11]

On 10 September 2020 he was appointed as the chief of the National School of Drama, by the President of India [12]

In 2021 Rawal is appearing in sports drama Toofan , a film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, alongside Farhan Akhtar, who is playing a national level boxer. The film will premiere on 21 May 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. [13]

As of March 2021, he is set to appear in Hungama 2 , a comedy film by Priyadarshan having ensemble cast headlined by him, Shilpa Shetty, Meezaan Jaffrey and Pranitha Subhash. It is a spiritual successor of 2003 comedy Hungama . His other upcoming films are Aankh Micholi, Hera Pheri 3 [14] and The Storyteller in which he will portray Satyajit Ray's famous character Tarini Khuro. [15] [16] [17]


He won as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East constituency in the 2014 Indian general election. In 2014, he was awarded Padma Shri. [18] [19]

2014 Indian general elections: Ahmedabad East [20] [21]
BJP Paresh Rawal633,58264.29+10.92
INC Himmatsingh Patel306,94931.15-7.82
AAP Dinesh Vaghela 11,3491.15N/A
BSP Rohit Rajubhai Virjubhai6,0230.61-0.60
NOTA None of the Above14,3581.46N/A
Turnout 985,52561.52+19.20
BJP hold Swing +10.92


On 21 May 2017, Rawal tweeted addressing an incident where Indian Army tied an Kashmiri stone pelter as a human shield on an army jeep: "Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy " [22] making a reference to the allegations that Indian soldiers tied a stone-pelter in Kashmir to their jeep and used him as a human shield, and it was presumed that he wanted Roy to be used as a human shield. [23] Rawal's tweet provoked a controversy. He was criticised by fellow actor Swara Bhaskar, a vocal left wing supporter. [24] Rawal was also criticised by Congress leader Shobha Ojha [25] while filmmaker Ashoke Pandit supported his tweet. [24]

He addressed the tweet controversy in July 2017 by saying with regard to Roy that he was exercising his freedom of expression – "If she is right, then even I am right. If she regrets making the comments, then I also regret. Agreed that this is fake news, but what about the comments that she made on 2002 Godhra riots? If you have freedom of expression then even I have it" [26]

Awards and honours

The President, Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Paresh Rawal, at an Investiture Ceremony-II, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 26 April 2014 The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Paresh Rawal, at an Investiture Ceremony-II, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 26, 2014.jpg
The President, Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Paresh Rawal, at an Investiture Ceremony-II, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 26 April 2014
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Apsara Awards

Bollywood Movie Award

Other Awards

2006: Sardar Patel International Award for the Best acting of Sardar in Sardar Patel Film. [28]


Related Research Articles

Akshay Kumar Indian film actor and producer

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an Indian-born naturalised Canadian actor, producer, martial artist and television personality who works in Bollywood, the commercial Hindi language film industry based chiefly in Mumbai, India. Over 29 years, Kumar has appeared in over 100 films and has won several awards, including a National Film Award for Best Actor and two Filmfare Awards. Kumar is one of the most successful prolific actors of Hindi cinema. Having starred in 113 films, 52 of which were commercially successful, he was the first Bollywood actor whose films' domestic net lifetime collections crossed 20 billion (US$280 million) by 2013, and 30 billion (US$420 million) by 2016.

The Filmfare Best Comedian Award was given by Filmfare as part of its annual Filmfare Awards for Hindi films, to recognise an actor who had delivered an outstanding performance in a comic role.

Suniel Shetty Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur

Suniel Shetty is an Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur who is predominantly active in Bollywood films. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has acted in over 100 films. His major works have been action and comedy films. He has received a Filmfare Award out of five nominations for the film Dhadkan.

Aftab Shivdasani Indian actor

Aftab Shivdasani is an Indian film actor, producer and model known for his works in Bollywood. Shivdasani was selected as the Farex baby at the age of 14 months and eventually appeared in many TV commercials. He started his acting career as a child artist in films, including, Mr. India (1987), Shahenshah (1988), ChaalBaaz (1989), Awwal Number (1990), C.I.D. (1990) and Insaniyat (1994).

Anu Malik Indian music director and singer

Anwar Sardar Malik is an Indian music director and singer, best known by the stage name Anu Malik. He is an Indian National Award and Filmfare Award winning music director, who primarily composes music for the Hindi film industry. He is the son of Sardar Malik.

Govinda (actor) Indian film actor

Govind Arun Ahuja, known mononymously as Govinda is an Indian actor, comedian, dancer, and former politician, known best for his work in Hindi-language films.

Akshaye Vinod Khanna is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. He has received two Filmfare Awards and is the son of late actor Vinod Khanna. After studying in Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute in Mumbai, he made his acting debut in 1997 with the film Himalay Putra. His next release Border (1997) emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning him the Filmfare Best Debut Award and a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

<i>Hera Pheri</i> (2000 film) 2000 film by Priyadarshan

Hera Pheri is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Priyadarshan, starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tabu. The film is remake of 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking which itself was based on the 1971 TV movie See The Man Run. The film spawned a sequel, Phir Hera Pheri, released in 2006. It is the first instalment of the Hera Pheri franchise.

Vikram Bhatt Indian film director

Vikram Bhatt is an Indian director, producer, screenwriter and actor. He is best known for directing the Raaz, an Indian horror series produced by Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt and for directing Ghulam (1999) starring Aamir Khan and Rani Mukherji in lead, this movie was also produced by Mukesh Bhatt. For both of these movies he was nominated in the Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Director.

Indra Kumar Indian film director and producer

Indra Irani Kumar is an Indian film director and producer. He had five Filmfare nominations, has also appeared in number of Gujarati films playing the comedian or second lead to the protagonist. Kumar's real name is Indra Irani. His latest film produced as Total Dhaamal in 2019

<i>Aankhen</i> (2002 film) 2002 Indian heist thriller film

Aankhen (transl. Eyes) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language heist thriller film directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles. Aditya Pancholi plays a naive cop.Akshay Kumar appeared in visually impaired role who uses his sixth sense and it was second movie where he played this type of role before that he had played same role in the 1994 film Jai Kishen.The film is an adaptation of Shah's own Gujarati play Andhalo Pato .The producers wanted to name the film as "Aankh Micholi" but the title was registered with another producer.

Sharat Saxena Indian actor

Sharat Saxena is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. He has also acted in many Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films. He has acted in more than 250 Bollywood films. Saxena started his career in the early 1970s and has mainly played either supporting roles of a father, uncle, or often comic villains.

<i>Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?</i> 2010 film directed by Ashwni Dhir

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is a 2010 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Ashwni Dhir, and produced by Amita Pathak. Loosely based on the short story Tum Kab Jaoge, Athithi? by Sharad Joshi, the film stars Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal and Konkona Sen Sharma. It was released on 5 March 2010. The film was a commercial success and earned more than double its budget. It received numerous nominations at Indian award ceremonies.

Neeraj Vora

Neeraj Vora was an Indian film director, writer, actor and composer from Gujarat. He made a mark in Bollywood with his work as a writer for Aamir Khan's film Rangeela. His directorial debut was Khiladi 420 in 2000. Later in 2006, he wrote and directed Phir Hera Pheri. He suffered a stroke in October 2016, putting him in coma. He was working on Hera Pheri 3 before he went into coma and died on 14 December 2017 at 4 a.m. in Criticare hospital, Mumbai.

Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role

The Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role is given by the producers of the film and television guild as part of its annual award ceremony for Hindi films, to recognise an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a comic role. While the official awards ceremony started in 2004, this category was first introduced four years later.

Akshay Kumar filmography Filmography of Indian actor Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is an actor and producer who works in Hindi-language films. He made his debut with a minor role in the 1987 Mahesh Bhatt directed Indian film Aaj. He appeared as the lead actor in Saugandh (1991) before making his breakthrough with the suspense thriller Khiladi (1992), the first film of the Khiladi series. In the same year, he appeared in the Pramod Chakravorty-produced film Deedar. In 1994, Kumar earned his first nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare Awards for his performance in the Yash Chopra-produced romance Yeh Dillagi and starred in Mohra. The following year he appeared in Sabse Bada Khiladi. Kumar played a supporting role in the Chopra-directed romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, several other of his releases in the 1990s, including Lahu Ke Do Rang, Insaaf, Daava, Tarazu, Angaaray, Barood and Zulmi performed poorly at the box office leading to a setback in his film career.

Rajpal Yadav Indian film actor

Rajpal Yadav is an Indian actor, known for his work in Hindi cinema. He is regarded as one of the best comedy actors in Bollywood movies.

Shahid Kapoor filmography Filmography of Indian actor & sukkel Shahid Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor also known as Shahid Khattar is an Indian actor who appears in Hindi films. As a dancer in Shiamak Davar's institute, Kapoor made uncredited appearances as a background dancer in the films Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Taal (1999). He also appeared in several music videos, including one for the singer Kumar Sanu, before making his acting debut with a lead role in Ken Ghosh's romantic comedy Ishq Vishk (2003). The film was a sleeper hit, and Kapoor's portrayal of a teenage student earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.


  1. "Paresh Rawal turns 64. PM Narendra Modi gives actor the best birthday gift". India Today. 30 May 2019. Archived from the original on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. 1 2 Tarannum, Asira (2 August 2011). "'Star kids are not good actors'". The Times of India . Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  3. Khurana, Akarsh (3 November 2018). "Ode to irreverence". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 December 2019 via
  4. "Ode to irreverence". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Paresh Rawal". Won 2 national awards for Woh Chokri & Sir. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  6. "UMANG 2010, Inter-Collegiate Culture Festival, Narsee Monjee college". Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  7. "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  8. "Honour killing is a dishonour to any society". Archived from the original on 19 October 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  9. "Best from Paresh Rawal has yet to come". Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  10. "Hera Pheri 3 confirmed, to reunite Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal". Entertainment News, The Indian Express. 23 May 2018. Archived from the original on 24 November 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  11. Raghuvanshi, Aakanksha (19 May 2020). "Suniel Shetty Shares An Update About Hera Pheri 3". Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  12. "Paresh Rawal appointed as chief of National School of Drama". Hindustan Times. 10 September 2020. Archived from the original on 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  13. Jha, Subhash K. (10 March 2021). "Farhan Akhtar's pugilist drama Tofaan to release on OTT on May 21, confirms director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  14. Parashar, Shivam (1 February 2021). "Priyadarshan wraps Hungama 2 shoot". India Today. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  15. "Ray's Tarini Khuro set for Bollywood debut". The Daily Star. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  16. PTI (30 October 2012). "Ananth Mahadevan to adapt Satyajit Ray's short story into film". NDTV. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  17. Bhattacharya, Roshmila (13 December 2013). "Paresh to tell Ray's story". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  18. "Paresh Rawal in dinu solanki out". 23 March 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  19. "Election results 2014 Paresh rawals biopic on Narendra Modi on hold". 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  20. "Parliamentary Constituency wise Turnout for General Election – 2014". Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  21. "Ahmedabad East". Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  22. "Paresh Rawal Says 'Tie Arundhati Roy To Army Jeep', Fuels Outrage". Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  23. "Indian actor Paresh Rawal proposes using Arundhati Roy as human shield". 22 May 2017. Archived from the original on 7 October 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  24. 1 2 "Swara Bhaskar slams Paresh Rawal's comment on Arundhati, Ashoke Pandit supports actor". Hindustan Times. 23 May 2017. Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  25. "Paresh Rawal tweet an indication of BJP's 'dictatorial mentality' says Congress". 23 May 2017. Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  26. "Paresh Rawal unapologetic about Arundhati Roy tweet, says it was a 'message of peace'". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2017. Archived from the original on 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  27. "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  28. "NRI Award, Sardar Patel Award, Sardar Ratna, Pravasi Bharatiya Award, International Award". Archived from the original on 4 June 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2020.