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Paresh Rawal
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Born ( 1950-05-30 ) 30 May 1950 (age 64)
Mumbai , India [ 1 ]
Nationality Indian
Alma mater NM College
Occupation Actor : Film and Stage
Producer : Film and Television
Years active 1984-present
Organization Bollywood
Spouse(s) Swaroop Sampat
Awards Padma Shri , National Film Awards

Last updated on 6 July 2014 at 07:38.

Paresh Rawal ( Gujarati : પરેશ રાવલ ; born 30 May 1950) [ 2 ] is an Indian film and stage actor and politician. He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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 Mumbai , India [ 1 ] 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 Aniruddha. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics , Vile Parle , Mumbai . [ 3 ] 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 Holi in a supporting role but it was the 1986 blockbuster Naam 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 Hera Pheri .

Before he attained national recognition, in 1991 Rawal achieved recognition and adulation for his role of a bank robber in Kshana Kshanam . His quirky accent and mannerisms made him an instant hit. He acted in quite a few Telugu films by the RGV school of direction like Money and Govinda Govinda .

In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir . [ 4 ] For the latter, he also received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian . This was followed by Ketan Mehta [replacesinglequotehere]s Sardar , which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel , a role that got him national and international acclaim. [ 4 ] He followed it with the film Tamanna (1996), in which he played the role of a hijra (person of "third" gender, typically male transgender) who raises an orphaned girl, played by Pooja Bhatt . [ 4 ] In 1997, his small yet impactful presence was noteworthy, in the the acclaimed comedy, Chachi 420 , as a Gujarati moneylender, Haribhai.

In 2000, Rawal played a 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 guests in his house. Rawal[replacesinglequotehere]s acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received. [ 5 ] For his performance, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award . Apart from doing comedy roles he played negative roles in King Uncle , Kabzaa , Ram Lakhan , Daud , Baazi etc. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), which was also successful. [ 4 ]

In 2002, Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen . Rawal has since played many comedy roles in successful films including Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Garam Masala (2005), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Hulchul (2004), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Shankar Dada MBBS , Bhool Bhulaiyaa , Welcome , Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009). [ 4 ] In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh based on honour killing. [ 6 ]

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 Zee TV [replacesinglequotehere]s Teen Bahuraaniyaan , Sahara One [replacesinglequotehere]s Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors[replacesinglequotehere] Laagi Tujhse Lagan . [ 7 ]

One of his upcoming film projects is a biopic of Narendra Modi . Paresh Rawal is also going to produce the film, which will be his second production venture after [replacesinglequotehere]Oh My God[replacesinglequotehere]. [ 8 ]

He won as the Bharatiya Janata Party [replacesinglequotehere]s Member of Parliament (MP) from the East Ahmedabad constituency in the Indian general election, 2014 . [ 9 ] [ 10 ]

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.

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