Suresh Oberoi

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Suresh Oberoi
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Oberoi at Vivek Oberoi's wedding reception
Born (1946-12-17) 17 December 1946 (age 74)
Occupation Actor
Years active1977–present
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party [1]
Spouse(s)Yashodhara Oberoi (1974-present)
Children Vivek Oberoi
Meghna Oberoi
Parent(s)Anand Sarup Oberoi (father)
Kartar Devi (mother)
Relatives Akshay Oberoi (nephew)
Awards National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1986 Mirch Masala - Mukhi
Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
1988 Mirch Masala - Mukhi [2]

Suresh Oberoi (born 17 December 1946) [3] is an Indian character actor and politician. He is the father of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He 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

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. [4] 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. [5] He is fluent in Pashto, 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 their son who is now a Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi was born and the couple relocated to Mumbai. [5]

Modelling and radio shows

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 and directed by Danny Denzongpa, which was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. It also laid the foundation for him being cast as a police inspector in many of his future films.

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 and 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). [6]

In 2004, He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party as a primary member. [1]


Oberoi has acted in the television shows Dhadkan and Kashmeer [7] and hosted the second season of the talk show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai which was made popular by Farooque Shaikh.


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 Tamil business family. [5] 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". [8]

Oberoi with BK Sister Shivani Verma in Bangkok on the pay-to-broadcast television program Awakening with Brahma Kumaris Awakening with Brahmakumaris program in Bangkok.jpg
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 Yashodhara Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Vivek Oberoi at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet 08.jpg
Yashodhara Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Vivek Oberoi at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet


1977 Jeevan Mukt
1978 Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan
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 Haathi Teja
Lawaaris Ram SinghNominated 1982 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1982 Vidhaata Inspector Pratap SinghSpecial Appearance
Tumhare Bina Robin Dutt
Teri Meri Kahani Ajay VermaTV film
Taqdeer Ka Badshah
Patthar Ki Lakeer
Namak Halaal Bhim Singh
Kaamchor Suresh
Johny I Love You Suraj Singh
1983 Ek Din Bahu Ka Deepak
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 Avinashas Suresh Uberoi
Ek Din Bahu Ka
Awaaz Inspector Amit Gupta
1985 Surkhiyaan Shera
Ramkali Inspector Dilip Singh
Raahi Badal GayeDr. Mehra
Phul Debi Bikram MallaBengali movie
Mirch Masala MukhiWon 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1988 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
Kahani Phoolvati Ki
Jawaab Inspector J. S. Sharma
Ek Daku Shaher MeinRakesh Pratap Singh
Dekha Pyar Tumhara Inspector Ranjeet Mullick
Bepanah Truck Driver
Aitbaar Sagar
1986 Zindagani SudarshanSpecial Appearance
Palay Khan Dr. Ramkrishna Sinha
Mazloom Vijay Singh
Main Balwan Anil, Tony's Father
Jwala Dr. Dev Dutt
Dilwaala 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 Nishan Zorawar 'Zavar'
Itihaas Kalicharan
Insaaf Mr. Agnihotri
Dil Tujh Ko Diya Ashok A. Sahni
Dacait Amritlal Yadav
Kaal Chakra Police Inspector Abhay Kamble
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
1989Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
Rakhwala Ranjeet
Parinda Abdul Khan
Mujrim Police Inspector Gokhale
Manika, une vie plus tardRajit Sharma French film
Kasam Suhag Ki Inspector Dildaar Dawood
Do Qaidi Inspector Amar Sinhaas Suresh Uberoi
Daata Ramzan Khan
Apna Desh Paraye Log
Aakhri 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. Avinashwith Kannada Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan
Fateh Major Anand
DeshwasiPratap Singh
1992 Abhi Abhi Vishwanath
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)
Aasoo Bane Angaarey
1994 Vijaypath Inspector Rajesh Saxena
Suhaag Rai Bahadur
Kranti Kshetra
Gopi Kishan Rajeshwar Choudhary
DilbarDCP 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
1998Surviving SabuSadruShort film
Soldier Pratap Singh
Puraido: Unmei no toki Justice, Dr. Radhabinod Pal Hindi/English/Japanese film
made in Japan
Khote SikkeyPukhraj Mahadevan
Aakrosh: Cyclone Of AngerMahendra Pratap Gujral/Suraj Singh
2001: Do Hazaar EkMr. Amirchand
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 GangBhaktavar Singh/Major Balwant Sahni
Asoka Narrator
2002Raat 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 [9]
PM Narendra Modi GurujiNarrator

Dubbing roles

Live action films

Film titleActorCharacterDub LanguageOriginal LanguageOriginal Year releaseDub Year releaseNotes
The Mummy Arnold Vosloo Imhotep HindiEnglish
Ancient Egyptian
The Mummy Returns Arnold Vosloo Imhotep HindiEnglish

Animated films

Film titleOriginal voiceCharacterDub LanguageOriginal LanguageOriginal Year ReleaseDub Year ReleaseNotes
The Lion King James Earl Jones Mufasa HindiEnglish19941995 [10]

Awards and nominations

Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi1987Won
Best Supporting Actor Ghar Ek Mandir Rahim1985Nominated
Lawaris Ram Singh1982Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi [2] 1988Won

Other activities

Together with the motivational speaker BK Sister Shivani Verma, Oberoi is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association. [13]

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