Raj Babbar

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Raj Babbar
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Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
14 March 2015 25 November 2020
Succeeded by Naresh Bansal
Constituency Uttarakhand
President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee
In office
12 July 2016 7 October 2019
Succeeded by Ajay Kumar Lallu
Member of Parliament
for Firozabad
In office
By-elections Nov 2009 2014
Preceded by Ram Ji Lal Suman
Succeeded by Akshay Yadav
Member of Parliament
for Agra
In office
1999–2009
Preceded by Bhagwan Shankar Rawat
Succeeded by Ram Shankar Katheria
MP of Rajya Sabha
In office
1994–1999
Constituency Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1952-06-23) 23 June 1952 (age 69)
Tundla, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political party Indian National Congress (Present), Samajwadi Party (Previously)
Spouse(s) Nadira Zaheer (1975–present, two children)
Smita Patil
Children Arya Babbar
Juhi Babbar
Prateik Babbar
ParentsKushal Kumar Babbar (father)
Shobha Babbar (mother)
RelativesKajri Babbar (niece) [1] [2] See Babbar family
Profession
  • Actor
  • politician
Years active1979–present
Signature Signature of Raj Babbar.svg
As of 5 January, 2012

Raj Babbar (born 23 June 1952) is an Indian Hindi and Punjabi film actor and politician belonging to Indian National Congress. three-time member of the Lok Sabha and a two-time member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He was the President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. [3]

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Early life

Babbar was born in Tundla, Agra, United Provinces, in a Punjabi Hindu family on 23 June 1952. [4] He did his initial schooling from Mufid-E-Aam Inter college, Agra.[ citation needed ] He is an alumnus of the 1975 class of the National School of Drama and graduate from Agra College.[ citation needed ]

Career

He trained in the Method school of acting at NSD, which is involved in Street Theatre. After his training in New Delhi, he moved to Mumbai and started his film career with Reena Roy, one of the well known actresses of that time. He gained notoriety for his horrific portrayal of a rapist in the movie Insaaf Ka Taraazu, in which he assaulted the heroine Zeenat Aman, and later her sister, and in the end, is shot and killed by the heroine.

He became a consistent feature of the B. R. Chopra banner; in Nikaah with Deepak Parashar and Salma Agha and in Aaj Ki Aawaz with Smita Patil.

He also achieved success in Punjabi cinema as he gave remarkable performances in Chann Pardesi (1980), Marhi Da Deeva (1989), and Long Da Lishkara (1986) – three art house movies with serious themes treated in a realistic manner, and this was an innovation for the Punjabi films field. He also acted in the hit Punjabi films Aasra Pyar Da (1983), Mahaul Theek Hai (1999), Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000), Yaaran Naal Baharan (2005), Ek Jind Ek Jaan (2006), Apni Boli Apna Des (2009) and Tera Mera Ki Rishta (2009). He appeared in several movies as an antagonist in movies like Insaf ka Tarazu (1980), Saazish (1988), Aankhen (1993), Dalaal (1993), The Gambler (1995), Andaz (1994), Yaarana (1995), Barsaat (1995), Ziddi (1997), Gundagardi (1997), Daag the Fire (1999), Indian (2001) and many more, some movies became successful, but some were commercial flops.

He has also acted in television. He appeared in the introductory episodes of the famous Indian TV series Mahabharat , as king Bharat, Bahadur Shah Zafar (1986), as Akbar, alongside the then debutant Juhi Chawla, and also in his home production series; Maharaja Ranjit Singh (2010), all telecast on Doordarshan. In 2014 and 2015, He acted in the serial telecast on Life OK; Pukaar - Call For The Hero, directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, with Rannvijay Singh, Adah Sharma and Shubhangi Latkar.

Political life

Raj Babbar entered politics by joining Janata Dal in 1989, which was led by V. P. Singh. He later joined Samajwadi Party and was elected as Member of Parliament of India three times. From 1994 to 1999 he was a member of Rajya Sabha. He was re-elected in the 14th Lok Sabha elections for his second term in 2004. He was suspended from Samajwadi Party in 2006. Later he joined Indian National Congress in 2008 and was elected for his fourth term as Member of Parliament in 2009, by defeating Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh Yadav and daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav. [5] In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he contested from Ghaziabad and lost to General V. K. Singh. [6] He was appointed as the president of Uttar Pradesh congress committee (UPCC), but in 2019 elections he couldn't even manage to save his own seat and lost to Rajkumar Chahar of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a huge margin of 4,95,065 votes.

Raj Babbar, in the capacity of Congress spokesman, created controversy in 2013, by stating that Rs.12 is sufficient for a common man to get a full meal in Mumbai, which drew severe criticism. [7] He also said that a poor person in India can get full meals two times a day, within Rs. 28 to 32 and opposition parties termed Raj Babbar's statement laughable. [7] Later, he regretted his comments. [8] In July 2013, he compared Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler, which also created controversy. [9]

Personal life

Raj with wife Nadira, July 2012 Raj Babbar, Nadira Babbar at Esha Deol's wedding reception 04.jpg
Raj with wife Nadira, July 2012

Raj Babbar married Nadira Zaheer, daughter of noted theatre personality Sajjad Zaheer. Arya Babbar and Juhi Babbar are his children from Nadira. Then he married the actress Smita Patil who gave birth to their son Prateik Babbar. He has two younger brothers, Kishan and Vinod (deceased) and four younger sisters.

Raj Babbar's niece Kajri Babbar is an upcoming filmmaker. [2] [10] [11]

He launched his own home production; Babbar Films Pvt. Ltd. along with his brother Kishan. Under this, he has produced two feature films, Karm Yodha (1992) and Kash Aap Hamare Hote (2003), and the serial Maharaja Ranjit Singh (TV series) (2010).

Awards and nominations

Selected acting filmography

Films

YearFilmRoleNote
1977 Kissa Kursi Ka
1980 Aap To Aise Na The
1980 Jazbaat
1980 Sau Din Saas Ke
1980 Chann Pardesi Punjabi film
1980 Insaaf Ka Tarazu Ramesh Gupta
1980 Hum Paanch
1980Saajan Mere Main Saajan Ki
1981 Kalyug
1981 Raaz
1981Poonam
1981 Prem Geet
1981 Sharda
1981Yeh Rishta Na Toote
1981 Umrao Jaan
1981 Tajurba
1981 Armaan
1981 Aapas Ki Baat
1982 Dulha Bikta Hai
1982 Daulat
1982 Bheegi Palkein
1982 Jeevan Dhaara
1982 Lakshmi
1982 Nikaah
1983 Arpan
1983 Agar Tum Na Hote
1983Aasra Pyar DaPunjabi film
1983 Main Awara Hoon Rajeev Kumar
1983 Mazdoor
1983 Gehri Chot
1983 Rang Birangi
1983 Kalka
1983 Mehndi
1983 Naukar Biwi Ka
1983Panchwin Manzil
1983 Rishta Kagaz Ka
1984 Aaj Ki Awaz Prof. Prabhat Verma
1984 Anand Aur Anand
1984 Inteha
1984 Jeene Nahi Doonga
1984 Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein
1984 Maati Maangey Khoon
1984Pet Pyar Aur Paap
1984Shapath
1985 Jhoothi
1985 Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
1985 Haqeeqat
1985Hum Do Hamare Do
1985Jawab
1985 Aitbaar
1985 Maha Shaktimaan
1985 Meraa Ghar Mere Bachche
1985 Lava
1985 Salma
1985 Ulta Seedha
1986 Angaarey
1986 Long Da Lishkara Punjabi film
1986 Dahleez
1986 Kirayadar
1986 Baat Ban Jaye
1986 Suhagan
1987 Awam
1987 Insaniyat Ke Dushman
1987 Jaan Hatheli Pe
1987 Mirch Masala
1987 Muqaddar Ka Faisla
1987 Sansar
1988 Andha Yudh
1988 Hum Farishte Nahin
1988 Kabzaa
1988 Kanwarlal
1988 Mahaveera
1988Mera Muqaddar
1988 Rama O Rama
1988 Vijay
1988 Waaris
1988 Libaas
1988 Zakhmi Aurat
1988 Paanch Fauladi
1989 Asmaan Se Ooncha
1989 Marhi Da Deeva Punjabi film
1989 Hisaab Khoon Ka
1989 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain
1989 Mohabat Ka Paigham
1989 Suryaa: An Awakening
Jaaydaad
1990 Amiri Garibi
1990 Agneekaal
1990 Ghayal
1990Shadyantra
1990 Qurbani Jatt Di Punjabi film
1990 Do Yaar
1991 Gunehgar Kaun
1991 Dharam Sankat
1991 Swarg Jaisaa Ghar
1992 Anutap Bengali film
1992 Karm Yodha
1992 Aaj Ka Goonda Raaj
1992Kal Ki Awaz
1993 Sadhna
1993 Rudaali
1993Badi Bahen
1993 Aankhen
1993 Maya Memsaab
1994 Naseebo Punjabi film
1994 Dalaal
1994Ucha PindPunjabi film
1995 God and Gun
1995Sarhad: The Border of Crime
1995 Barsaat
1995 Yaraana
1996 Maahir
1997 Gupt: The Hidden Truth
1997 Itihaas
1997 Qahar (1997)
1997 Ziddi
1998 Achanak
1998 Maharaja
1998 Prem Aggan (1998)
1999 Daag: The Fire
1999 Shaheed Uddham Singh Punjabi film
1999 Mahaul Theek Hai Punjabi film
2000 Baaghi
2000 Aakhir Kaun Thi Woh?
2001 Indian
2002 Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
2003 LOC Kargil
2003 Kash Aap Hamare Hote
2004 Police Force: An Inside Story
2004 Bhola in Bollywood
2004 Sheen
2004 Shikaar
2005 Bunty Aur Babli
2005Yaaran Naal BaharranPunjabi film
2006 Corporate
2006 Ek Jind Ek Jaan Punjabi film
2006 Banaras
2007 Aap Kaa Surroor: The Movie
2008 Karzzz
2008Fashion
2009 Tera Mera Ki Rishta Punjabi film
2009Apni Boli Apna DesPunjabi film
2011 Bodyguard
2011 Force
2012 Khiladi 786
2013 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
2013 Rabba Main Kya Karoon
2013'Bullett Raja
2015 Tevar
2015Karbonn

Television

YearSerialRoleChannelNotes
1986 Bahadur Shah Zafar Akbar DD National
1988 Mahabharat Bharata DD National
2010 Maharaja Ranjit Singh Narrator DD National
2014-2015Pukaar-Call For The Hero Life OK

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Nirmal Khatri
President
Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee

12 July 2016 – 7 October 2019
Succeeded by
Ajay Kumar Lallu