Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1955) is an Indian film actor, comedian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood. He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency from 2014 to 2019. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and English languages fluently. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir. For the latter, he 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 national and international acclaim.
Rawal at the 4th anniversary bash of 'The Pilate Studio', February 2015
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for Ahmedabad East
|Awards||Padma Shri (2014)|
National Film Awards
He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011). His other notable works in Hindi cinema are Naam (1986), Shiva (1990), Mohra (1994), Tamanna (1996), Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013) and Zilla Ghaziabad (2013).
He then ventured into comedy, with hits such as Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Nayak (2001), Aankhen (2002), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hungama (2003), Hulchul (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), OMG – Oh My God! (2012), Welcome Back (2015), Dharam Sankat Mein (2015), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Sanju (2018), and Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (2018).
Family and early lifeEdit
Paresh Rawal was born and brought up in a Gujarati family in Mumbai. 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 Anirudh. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai.
He is said to be one of the most versatile and fabulous actors in the Bollywood industry. He is also a devoted cricket fan and has been spotted many times in cricket matches.
Rawal made his debut with the 1985 film Arjun in a supporting role. It was the 1986 blockbuster Naam that established him as an actor with great talent. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, mostly as the main villain, such as in Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Kabzaa, King Uncle, Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi and so many more. In the 1990s, he also starred in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna in which he played a double role. Paresh Rawal was perceived as a character actor by both audiences and critics until the 2000 Bollywood cult classic Hera Pheri, after which he starred in many Hindi mainstream films as a lead actor or main protagonist. Rawal played the 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's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received. 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.
Another notable lead role came In 2002 when Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aditya Pancholi, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen. Rawal, for the remainder of the 2000s, was seen in mainly comedy oriented multi-starrers, mostly amongst the lead protagonists such as in Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hulchul (2004), Garam Masala (2005), Hungama, Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2007), Shankar Dada MBBS (Telugu), Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009). In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh, based on honour killing.
In 2012, Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the superhit OMG – Oh My God!. Good friend Akshay Kumar was seen supporting him, and both won rave reviews for their roles.
He has also had a very successful acting career in Gujarati plays, the latest hit being Dear Father.
His latest notable release is Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju with Ranbir Kapoor. He plays actor Sunil Dutt's role in the movie. He is also reprising his role as Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in Hera Pheri 3 which will release in 2019.
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On May 21, 2017, Paresh Rawal tweeted: "Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy"  making a reference to the allegations that Indian soldiers tied a Kashmiri to their jeep and used him as a human shield, and it was presumed that he wanted Roy to be used as a human shield. Rawal's tweet provoked a controversy, and he was accused of advocating violence against women. He was criticized by fellow actor Swara Bhaskar. Rawal, who is a member of the ruling BJP, was also criticized by Congress leader Shobha Ojha while filmmaker Ashoke Pandit supported his tweet.
He addressed the tweet controversy in July 2017 by saying with regard to Roy that he was exercising his freedom of expression - "If she is right, then even I am right. If she regrets making the comments, then I also regret. Agreed that this is fake news, but what about the comments that she made on 2002 Godhra riots? If you have freedom of expression then even I have it"
- In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
- 1994: Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Sir
- 1995: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Mohra
- 1998: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Chachi 420
- 2001: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Hera Pheri
- 2002: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar
- 2003: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Aankhen
- 2003: Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Awara Paagal Deewana
- 2004: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Hungama
- 2004: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Fun 2shh: Dudes in the 10th Century
- 2005: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Hulchul
- 2007: Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Phir Hera Pheri
- 1996: Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for Raja
- 2001: Screen Award for Best Comedian for Hera Pheri
- 2002: Nominated–Screen Award for Best Comedian for Aankhen
- 2003: Screen Award for Best Comedian for Awara Paagal Deewana
- 2001: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
- 2001: IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Hera Pheri
- 2004: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Hungama and Baghban
- 2005: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Hulchul
- 2005: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for Aitraaz
- 2007: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Phir Hera Pheri
- 2008: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Bhool Bhulaiyaa
- 2009: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
- 2011: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor for Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
- 2012: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Ready
- 2013: Nominated–IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for OMG – Oh My God!
- 2001: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Hera Pheri
- 2003: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Awara Paagal Deewana
- 2010: Nominated–Zee Cine Awards Best Comedian for Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
- 2010: Nominated–Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role for Aakrosh
- 2010: Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?
- 2012: Nominated–Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Ready
- 2001: Bollywood Movie Award for Best Comedian for Hera Pheri
- 2004: Bollywood Movie Award for Best Comedian for Hungama
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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