Raghubir Yadav

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Raghubir Yadav (born 25 June 1957) is an Indian film, stage and television actor, music composer, singer and set designer. He made his film debut with Massey Sahib (1985), in which he played the title role.[1][2] He has garnered two International Awards as Best Actor for Massey Sahib,[3] 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.[3] The film also starred the noted writer and social activist Arundhati Roy. Raghuvir Yadav is an alumnus of the 1977 batch at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Also played the role of "Chacha Choudhary"

Raghubir Yadav
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Yadav at IIS University, Jaipur in 2017
Born (1957-06-25) 25 June 1957 (age 62)
Alma materNational School of Drama
OccupationFilm actor, Stage director & Singer
Years active1985–present
ChildrenAbir Yadav


"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]


Yadav 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.


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!, Lagaan, and Water). 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. He has just finished the shooting schedule of the film Tilli, in which he played role of a farmer. The film is directed by Punjabi cinema director Sagar S. Sharma.


Yadav started his television career with the television program Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1990), playing the lead character "Mungerilal". Before that, he had done a small role in Shyam Benegal's travel based series Yatra (1986). He also played minor roles in Shyam Benegal's 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.


  • 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.[4]
  • He has sung a song, "Bhagan ke Rekhan ki bahangiya" in the movie Issaq. Raghubir has shown his talent again.



  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director(s) Notes Ref (s)
1985 Massey Sahib Francis Massey Pradeep Krishen
1988 Salaam Bombay! Chillum Mira Nair
In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones Pradeep Krishen
1990 Disha Sai Paranjpye
1991 Kasba Kumar Shahani
1992 Electric Moon Boltu Pradeep Krishen
Aasman Se Gira Pankaj Parashar
Dharavi Sudhir Mishra
Kubi Matthu Iyala Sadanand Suvarna Kannada film
1993 Rudaali adult Budhua Kalpana Lajmi
Maya Memsaab Ketan Mehta
Papeeha Bichhua Sai Paranjpye
Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda Narrator - friend of Manik Mulla Shyam Benegal
Chor Aur Chand Hero Pavan Kaul
Sardar Ketan Mehta
1994 Bandit Queen Madho Shekhar Kapoor
1942: A Love Story Munna Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Udhaar Ki Zindagi K. V. Raju
1995 Dushmani Raghu Bunty Soorma
1996 Khamoshi: The Musical Willie Sanjay Leela Bhansali
1997 Saaz Sai Paranjpye
Damu (Bengali) Raja Sen
1998 Rui Ka Bhoj Subhash Agrawal
Dil Se.. Shuklaji AIR manager Mani Ratnam
1999 Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Ramzani (mentally challenged) Manoj Punj, Shamim Ara
Samar Shyam Benegal
2000 Tarkieb Nainsukh (Blind shopkeeper) Esmayeel Shroff
Bawandar Sohan (Saanvri's husband) Jag Mundra
2001 Lagaan Bhura (seamer), the poultry farmer Ashutosh Gowarikar
Asoka Maurya soldier Santosh Sivan
2002 Yatharth Rajesh Seth
Tum Se Achcha Kaun Hai Manto Deepak Anand
Agni Varsha Actor Manager (Sutradhar) Arjun Sajnani
2003 Aanch Chilkona Rajesh Kumar Singh
Darna Mana Hai Dayashankar Pandey (teacher) Prawaal Raman
Kahan Ho Tum Vijay Kumar
2004 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Nawab M. F. Husain
Gayab Vishnu's Father Prawal Raman
Deewaar Jata Milan Luthria
2005 Water Gulabi Deepa Mehta
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai? Raghuu Raj Kaushal
2007 Aaja Nachle Doctor Saab Anil Mehta
2008 Firaaq Karim Nandita Das
2009 Dilli 6 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Yeh Khula Aasmaan Rohit Nayyar Gitanjali Sinha
Thanks Maa Peon of the Municipality


Irfan Kamal
2010 Peepli Live Budhia Anusha Rizvi
2011 Gandhi To Hitler Adolf Hitler Rakesh Ranjan Kumar
2012 Aalaap Manish Manikpuri
Married 2 America Raghu Dilip Shankar
2013 Minugurulu Ayodhyakumar
Club 60 Manu Bhai Sanjay Tripathy
2015 Piku Dr. Srivastava Shoojit Sircar
The Silence Gajendra Ahire (Marathi, Hindi) [5]
Meinu Ek Ladki Chaahiye
2017 Bhouri Dhanua Jasbir Bhati
Newton Loknath Amit V Masurkar [6][7]
Mantostaan Sirajuddin Rahat Kazmi [8]
2018 Sui Dhaaga Mauji's Father Sharat Katariya
Ghoomketu Dadda Pushpendra Misra [9]
Love per Square Foot Bhaskar Chaturvedi Anand Tiwari released on Netflix
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Mudassar Robbie Grewal
2019 Aadhaar Suman Ghosh
2019 Jacqueline I Am Coming Banty Dubey
2019 Make In India (film) Muikhiya ji B.K. Singh, Surinder Yadav

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2020 Panchayat Brij Bhusan Dubey Prime Video [10]


  1. ^ Raghubir Yadav returns in a new avatar – The Hindu
  2. ^ My first break – Raghuvir Yadav – The Hindu
  3. ^ a b "Mungerilal's dreams turn sour". Times of India. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
  4. ^ Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 2, Episode 2, Lamh tera by Hitesh Sonic
  5. ^ "The Silence, innocence lost". The Navhind Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Newton actor Raghubir Yadav: My entire focus is on giving my best as an actor". The Indian Express. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Raghubir Yadav is India's Oscar veteran - Here's how". Zee News. 25 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Why Raghubir Yadav chose Mantostaan over Nandita Das's Manto?". Deccan Chronicle. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Nawazuddin Siddiqui re-visits theatre days with 'Ghoomketu'". Zee News. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Panchayat Web Series Release Date". Web Series Pro. Retrieved 30 March 2020.

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