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Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal at Star Actors Conference 2 January 2008
Born 30 May 1950 (1950-05-30) (age 59)
Ahmedabad, India
Occupation Actor, Television producer
Years active 1984 - Present
Spouse(s) Swaroop Sampat

Paresh Rawal (Gujarati: પરેશ રાવળ Pareś Rāvaḷ) (born 30 May 1950) is an Indian actor from Bollywood, Mumbai of Gujarati background.

Making his film debut in 1984, he mainly played supporting and villain roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2000 he has mostly played comic roles.


Family and early life

Paresh was born in Paliad, Gujarat, India. 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 Aniruddh. Paresh Rawal is an alumnus from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Rawal moved to Mumbai, at the age of 22. He went there to become a civil engineer. After people recognized him as a great actor, he was recommended to be in bollywood. Today people know him as a great actor and comedian.


Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film Holi. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Paresh Rawal's biggest hit was Hera Pheri in 2000.

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 Tollywood 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.[1] For the latter, he also received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. 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 not only national but international acclaim.[1] He followed it with the film Tamaana (1996), in which he played the role of a hijra (person of "third" gender, typically male transgender) who raises a young, orphaned girl, played by Pooja Bhatt.[1]

In 2000, Rawal played a dim-witted and boisterous, but 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's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received.[2] 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.[1]

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 Pagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006) , Bhagam Bhag (2006) and De Dana Dan (2009).[1] He is also produced the Hindi Serials including Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Sahara One's Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon.


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards



  1. ^ a b c d e "Paresh Rawal". Yahoo.comWon 2 national awards for Woh Chokri & Sir. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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