Raghubir Yadav is an Indian actor, music composer, singer and set designer who works in Hindi films. He made his film debut with Massey Sahib (1985), in which he played the title role.[2][3] He has won two International Awards as Best Actor for Massey Sahib,[4] FIPRESCI Critic's Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the IFFI Best Actor Award (Male): Silver Peacock Award at the 11th International Film Festival of India, 1987.[4] The film also featured writer and social activist in National School of Drama, New Delhi until 1977.

Raghubir Yadav
Yadav at Madhya Pradesh School of Drama (MPSD), Bhopal in November 2014[1]
Born (1957-06-25) 25 June 1957 (age 66)
Alma materNational School of Drama
  • Actor
  • singer
  • writer
Years active1985–present
  • Roshni Achreja

Career edit

"I have never thought about or calculated these things as my entire focus is on giving my best as an actor. I don’t pay attention on a film going for Oscars, I feel if the film is good then it will get the love and recognition it deserves.."

—Raghubir Yadav on A Unique Connection With Oscars,.[1]

Theatre edit

Yadav has performed as an actor and singer in over 70 plays and about 2500 shows, travelling in caravans, living in tents and performing on makeshift stages in villages, towns and cities of India with the Parsi Theatre Company (1967–1973). He was with the Rangoli Puppet Theatre, Lucknow (1973–1974), performing with glove puppets. At the National School of Drama Repertory (1977–1986), he acted in about 40 plays in over 2000 shows. He has also contributed to music, sets, costumes and masks.

Film edit

He was seen in many milestone films in the following decades. Three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Salaam Bombay! ,Water and Lagaan). Raghubir Yadav is one of the few Indian actor to have received the Silver Peacock Best Actor Award, at the International Film Festival of India. His most acclaimed role was as the drug addicted "Chillum" in Salaam Bombay! (1988). He has acted in Firaaq. In 2011, he played the lead role in the film Dear Friend Hitler, which takes its name from two letters Mahatma Gandhi wrote Adolf Hitler, in 1939 immediately before World War II and Christmas Eve 1940 after the war had started, to prevent and to stop the war.

Television edit

Yadav started his television career with the television program Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1988), playing the lead character "Mungerilal". Amaravathi ki Kathayein (1994-'95).

Later he played the roles of Haji Nasruddin in the television program Mullah Nasruddin (also spelled as Mulla Nasiruddin) and the lead in Chacha Chaudhary. He also played the lead role for BI T.V. in Arjun Pandit.

Music edit

  • He composed and sang in films that include Maya Memsaab, Massey Sahib, Rudaali, Aasmaan Se Gira, O Darling Yeh Hai India, Samar, Sunday, Darna Mana hai, Ramaji London Waale, Billu and Dilli 6. He sang the title song of Chacha Chaudhary. He sang a song in Amir Khan's Peepli Live called "Mehngai Dayain" with bhadwai village mandli in which he was later praised by many of Indian film fraternity and public at large.
  • He provided singing and voice for ads: Pepsi, Parle, Vim, Kotak Mahindra, Icy Cool Mint, Coke, Midday, Bagh Bakari Chai, Crack cream, Maggie Mania, Britannia etc.
  • He also sang and composed the famous MP tourism ad -'MP ajab hai, sabse gajab hai'
  • He composed the music for Ghasiram Kotwal, Chotte Sayeed Bade Sayeed, Chaupra Kamaal Naukar Jamal and Chacha Chaudhary, ballet for song and drama division. Composed and sang "Maggie Mania", conceived, written and composed by Ramlila for Dilli 6.
  • He recently collaborated with Hitesh Sonik to sing 'Lamh Tera' in the second episode of Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 2. The show was aired on MTV India on 14 July and this song was the fifth and last to be shown on the show. The song is a folk song from Madhya Pradesh. In ancient times, the journey from one place to another would take days. People while travelling would then usually sing to ensure everyone is safe. This style of singing was called 'lum tera'. A member/group at the front of the caravan would sing loudly (lambi ter) and the members/groups at the end would sing back as a response, thereby ensuring connectivity.[5]
  • He has sung a song, "Bhagan ke Rekhan ki bahangiya" in the movie Issaq. Raghubir has shown his talent again.

Awards edit

Filmography edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of Raghubir Yadav film credits
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1985 Massey Sahib Francis Massey
1988 Salaam Bombay! Chillum
1989 In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones English film
1990 Disha
1991 Kasba
1992 Electric Moon Boltu English film
Aasman Se Gira
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Narrator — friend of Manik Mulla
Kubi Matthu Iyala Kannada film
1993 Rudaali Adult Budhua
Maya Memsaab
Papeeha Bichhua
Sardar Sardar Patel's Servent
Chor Aur Chand Hero
1994 Bandit Queen Madho
1942: A Love Story Munna
Udhaar Ki Zindagi
1995 Dushmani Raghu
Nirantharam Telugu film
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Willie
Damu Bengali film
1997 Saaz
Rui Ka Bhoj
1998 Dil Se.. Shuklaji AIR manager
1999 Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Ramzani (mentally challenged)
2000 Tarkieb Nainsukh (Blind shopkeeper)
Bawandar Sohan (Saanvri's husband)
2001 Lagaan Bhura (seamer), the poultry farmer
Asoka Maurya soldier
2002 Yatharth
Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hai Manto
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein Chaturvedi
Agni Varsha Actor Manager (Sutradhar)
2003 Aanch Chilkona
Darna Mana Hai Dayashankar Pandey (teacher) Story segment: Homework
Kahan Ho Tum
Raasta Tayar Da (Neel's Friend) Bengali film
2004 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Nawab
Gayab Vishnu's Father
Deewaar Jata
2005 Water Gulabi
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai? Raghuu
2007 Aaja Nachle Doctor Saab
2008 Firaaq Karim
2009 Dilli 6
Yeh Khula Aasmaan Rohit Nayyar
Thanks Maa Peon
2010 Peepli Live Budhia
2011 Gandhi To Hitler Adolf Hitler
2012 Aalaap
8:08 Er Bongaon Local A Rickshaw puller Bengali film
Married 2 America Raghu
2013 Minugurulu
Club 60 Manu Bhai
2015 Piku Dr. Srivastava
The Silence (Marathi, Hindi) [7]
Meinu Ek Ladki Chaahiye
2016 Bhouri Dhanua
2017 Shentimental (Marathi)
Newton Loknath [8][9]
Mantostaan Sirajuddin [10]
2018 Sui Dhaaga Mauji's Father
Love per Square Foot Bhaskar Chaturvedi released on Netflix
Taking the horse to eat Jalebis Chhadami
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Mudassar
Jacqueline I Am Coming Kashi Tiwary
Make In India (film) Muikhiya ji
2020 Ghoomketu Dadda Released on ZEE5 [11]
2021 Jamun Jamun Prashad Eros Now [12]
Pagglait Pappu Giri Netflix [13]
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Uncle Prime Video
Chehre Hariya Jatav
2022 Jaggy Ki Lalten Jaggu
2023 Kathal Gulab Seth

Web series edit

List of Raghubir Yadav web series credits
Year Title Role Platform Notes
2020–present Panchayat Brij Bhusan Dubey Amazon Prime Video 2 seasons
2021 Ray Hakim Sahab (Doctor) Netflix Episode; Hungama Kyon Hai Barpa
2022 Kaun Banegi Shikharwati Mishra Ji ZEE5
2022 The Great Indian Murder Mohan Kumar Disney+ Hotstar
2023 The Railway Men Railway Guard Netflix

References edit

  1. ^ "अभिनेता रघुवीर यादव के निर्देशन में हुआ लैला-मजनूं का मंचन - nation Videos in Hindi - हिंदी वीडियो, लेटेस्ट-ब्रेकिंग न्यूज़ हिंदी वीडियो में". News18 India (in Hindi). 23 November 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Raghubir Yadav returns in a new avatar – The Hindu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ "My first break – Raghuvir Yadav – The Hindu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Mungerilal's dreams turn sour". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 September 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 2, Episode 2, Lamh tera by Hitesh Sonic". YouTube. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Flyx Filmfare OTT Awards 2020: Complete winners' list - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  7. ^ "The Silence, innocence lost". The Navhind Times. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Newton actor Raghubir Yadav: My entire focus is on giving my best as an actor". The Indian Express. 24 September 2017. Archived from the original on 21 May 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Raghubir Yadav is India's Oscar veteran - Here's how". Zee News. 25 September 2017. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Why Raghubir Yadav chose Mantostaan over Nandita Das's Manto?". Deccan Chronicle. 26 April 2017. Archived from the original on 27 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Nawazuddin Siddiqui re-visits theatre days with 'Ghoomketu'". Zee News. 20 February 2014. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Jamun starring Shweta Basu Prasad, Raghubir Yadav to be out on Eros Now". Cinema Express. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  13. ^ Kambam, Saichaitanya (16 September 2020). "Netflix picks up "Pagglait" starring Sanya Malhotra and Shruti Sharma". OnlyTech. Archived from the original on 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

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