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; born 30 May 1950)
film and stage actor and politician. He is currently a member of the
belonging to the
Bharatiya Janata Party
He made his debut in the film industry in 1984 played supporting and villain roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2000, he has started playing comic roles and has succeeded in it.
Paresh Rawal was born in
He is married to
, an actress and winner of the
contest in 1979. Paresh and Swaroop have two sons, Aditya and Aniruddha. He is an alumnus of
Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics
His family roots goes to a small village name [replacesinglequotehere]Paliyad[replacesinglequotehere] near Kalol in Gandhinagar District of Gujarat.
Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film
in a supporting role but it was the 1986 blockbuster
which established him as an actor. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Paresh Rawal[replacesinglequotehere]s most notable film has been the year 2000 Bollywood cult classic
Before he attained national recognition, in 1991 Rawal achieved recognition and adulation for his role of a bank robber in
. His quirky accent and mannerisms made him an instant hit. He acted in quite a few
films by the RGV school of direction like
In 1994, he won the
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his performances in the films
For the latter, he also received his first
. This was followed by
, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter
, a role that got him national and international acclaim.
He followed it with the film
(1996), in which he played the role of a
(person of "third" gender, typically male transgender) who raises an orphaned girl, played by
In 1997, his small yet impactful presence was noteworthy, in the the acclaimed comedy,
, as a Gujarati moneylender, Haribhai.
In 2000, Rawal played a dim-witted, boisterous, and kind-hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film
, who takes in Raju (
) and Shyam (
) as paying guests in his house. Rawal[replacesinglequotehere]s acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received.
For his performance, he won the
Filmfare Best Comedian Award
. Apart from doing comedy roles he played negative roles in
etc. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film,
Phir Hera Pheri
(2006), which was also successful.
In 2002, Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film
. Rawal has since played many comedy roles in successful films including
Awara Paagal Deewana
Deewane Huye Paagal
Golmaal: Fun Unlimited
Chup Chup Ke
Shankar Dada MBBS
Mere Baap Pehle Aap
De Dana Dan
In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie
based on honour killing.
In 2012 Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the movie
OMG – Oh My God!
along with Akshay Kumar.
He has also had a very successful acting career in Gujarati plays, the latest hit being "Dear Father" (Gujarati). For television he has produced several Hindi soaps including
Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon
Laagi Tujhse Lagan
One of his upcoming film projects is a biopic of
. Paresh Rawal is also going to produce the film, which will be his second production venture after [replacesinglequotehere]Oh My God[replacesinglequotehere].
He won as the
Bharatiya Janata Party
[replacesinglequotehere]s Member of Parliament (MP) from the East Ahmedabad constituency in the
Indian general election, 2014
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.