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Suresh Oberoi (born 17 December 1946)[2] is an Indian character actor. He is the father of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He was born in Quetta, Balochistan,[3] and is a recipient of the 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He started his career in radio shows, modelling and later moving to Bollywood, making him a popular character actor in the 1980s and much of the 1990s.

Suresh Oberoi
Suresh Oberoi
Suresh Oberoi at Vivek Oberoi's wedding reception
Born (1946-12-17) 17 December 1946 (age 71)
Quetta, Baluchistan, British India (now Balochistan, Pakistan)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active1977–present
Known forCharacter Actor, Poetry,
Voice & Diction
Spouse(s)Yashodhara Oberoi (1974-present)
ChildrenVivek Oberoi
Meghna Oberoi
Parent(s)Anand Sarup Oberoi (father)
Kartar Devi (mother)
RelativesAkshay Oberoi (nephew)
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1986 Mirch Masala - Mukhi
Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
1988 Mirch Masala - Mukhi[1]


Early lifeEdit

Oberoi was born to Anand Sarup Oberoi, a Khatri and Kartar Devi on 17 December 1946 in Quetta, then Baluchistan Province of pre-partitioned British India. Within a year due to partition, the family along with four brothers and sisters moved to India, and later relocated to Hyderabad state where his family established a chain of medical stores. Oberoi attended St. George's Grammar School in Hyderabad and was active in sports. He was a Tennis and swimming champion, later winning the President’s Award as a Boy Scout. After his father’s death when he was just out of high school, Oberoi, along with his brother, continued running his pharmacy chain.[4] He is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, English, Telugu and Tamil.


In the early 1970s, due to his interest in acting and a good voice, he gained entry into radio shows and stage plays, prompting him to attend the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Suresh Oberoi, prior to joining the Acting Institute, met Yashodhara who was from Tamil Nadu and the couple got married in Madras in 1974. In 1976 future Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi was born and the couple relocated to Mumbai.[4]

Modelling and radio showsEdit

In his early Mumbai years, his prior radio show experience and his well received voice kept him going and his contacts with advertising agencies led to him being picked up as a model for Charminar cigarettes and Lifebuoy soaps, making him one of the leading models by late 1970s.


In late 1977 he made his debut with Jeevan Mukt. He did lead roles in films like Ek Baar Phir in 1980, but the film was not commercially successful. Later he was part of the radio program Mukaddar Ka Sikandar.Then he accepted character roles in Kartavya, Ek Baar Kaho, Surraksha, Khanjar between 1979-80 which were commercially successful.

He gained recognition nationally for his supporting role as a Police Inspector Sharma in the 1980 film Phir Wahi Raat starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead, which was both critically acclaimed film and commercially successful. It was this Danny Denzongpa directed film Phir Wahi Raat , which laid foundation of him being cast as Police Inspector in many of his films in the future.

In 1981, then he got opportunity to do Laawaris, which fetched him a nomination for Filmfare Best Actor in Supporting Role. Some of his performances, as small supporting roles which made a huge impact, came in films like Namak Halal, Kaamchor, Vidhata. After these small roles, he received offer to star in lead role in B. R. Chopra's Mazdoor co-starring with Dilip Kumar. His best performance as character actor came in Awaaz, a 1984 film directed by Shakti Samanta starring Rajesh Khanna in the lead, where he played Police Inspector Amit Gupta. He received nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ghar Ek Mandir.

Since 1984, he regularly kept getting good character roles in films like Ek Nai Paheli, Kanoon Kya Karega, Sharabi, Aeitbaar, Bepanaah, Jawab.He received National Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mirch Masala in 1985. His performances in films like Palay Khan, Dacait, Telugu film Marana Mrudangam, Tezaab, Do Qaidi, Parinda, Mujrim, Aaj Ka Arjun, Pyar Ka Devta, Tiranga, Anari, Vijaypath, Masoom, Raja Hindustani, Soldier, Safari, Gadar Ek Prem Katha, Lajja, Pyar Tune Kya Kiya and 23 March 1931 Shaheed were appreciated by the audience.

Thereafter till the early 2000s appeared on average in four to five films per year. He has made over 135 films. He recited a few couplets in the song "Dil Mein Phir Aaj Teri" with Anuradha Paudwal for the film Yaadon Ka Mausam (1990).[5]


Oberoi has acted in the television shows Dhadkan and Kashmeer[6] and hosted Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.


Suresh Oberoi married Yashodara, eight years his junior, in Madras on August 1, 1974. The couple's first son is the Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, born in 1976 and a daughter Meghna Oberoi born a few years later. His wife Yashodara is from the Coimbatore region in Tamil Nadu and belongs to the Palayakottai Pattakarar family of Kangeyam, in present-day Erode district.[4] His brother Krishan Oberoi's son Akshay Oberoi is also a Bollywood actor.

In addition to acting and singing, he was also the host of the show Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai on Zee TV for his clear voice and diction. Besides all of the above, he writes "romantic and philosophical poetry".[7]

Oberoi with BK Sister Shivani Verma in Bangkok on the pay-to-broadcast television program Awakening with Brahma Kumaris
Yashodhara Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Vivek Oberoi at Rajesh Khanna's prayer meet


Year Film Role Notes
2019 Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi Peshwa Bajirao II
2013 Attahasa Rajkumar Kannada Film
2009 World Cupp 2011 Coach
2009 Karma Aur Holi Shekhar
2005 Socha Na Tha Nirmal Oberoi
2003 Yeh Dil
2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins... Babu, Arjun's Father
2002 Raat Ke Saudagar
2002 Deewangee Mr. Bhullar, Public Prosecutor
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed Gaoler Chaddha
2001 Shirdi Sai Baba
2001 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Mr. Jaiswal, Ria's Father
2001 Moksha: Salvation Mr. Sehgal, Vikram's father
2001 Lajja Raghuveer's father
2001 Kaala Mandir
2001 Hum Ho Gaye Aapke Mr. Oberoi, Rishi's father
2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Taya
2001 Dal: The Gang Bhaktavar Singh/Major Balwant Sahni
2001 Asoka Narrator
2000 Khauff Mr. Singhania
1999 Sautela
1999 Safari Mr. Ajit Aggarwal, Anjali's father
1998 Surviving Sabu Sadru Short film
1998 Soldier Pratap Singh
1998 Puraido: Unmei no toki Justice, Dr. Radhabinod Pal Hindi/English/Japanese film, made in Japan
1998 Khote Sikkey Pukhraj Mahadevan
1998 Aakrosh: Cyclone Of Anger Mahendra Pratap Gujral/Suraj Singh
1998 2001: Do Hazaar Ek Mr. Amirchand
1997 Suraj Police commissioner Ramakant
1997 Prithvi Dhanraj
1997 Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhutha IG Suryakant Verma
1997 Lahu Ke Do Rang Dharma Shikari
1996 Raja Hindustani Mr. Sehgal, Aarti's Father
1996 Masoom(1996 film) Vikram Singh
1996 Jaan Vishambar
1996 Himmat Blind lottery seller
1996 Ajay Raja Brijraj Singh
1995 Suraksha
1995 Raghuveer Ravi Varma, Commando
1995 Meri Mohabbat Mera Naseeba
1995 Kismat ACP Anand
1995 Jai Vikranta Raja
1995 Diya Aur Toofan Dr. Vijay Mehra
1995 Dilbar DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma
1995 Anokhi Chal
1994 Vijaypath Inspector Rajesh Saxena
1994 Suhaag Rai Bahadur
1994 Kranti Kshetra
1994 Gopi Kishen Rajeshwar Choudhary
1994 Dilbar DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma
1993 Santaan Judge Sahab
1993 Pratimurti
1993 Pardesi
1993 Khoon Ka Sindoor
1993 Gardish Inspector Saini
1993 Game Inspector Pawar
1993 Dhartiputra
1993 Bhookamp
1993 Anari Bhai Raja Vikram Singh (Nandini's eldest brother)
1993 Aansoo Bane Angaarey
1992 Zindagi Ek Juaa CBI Officer Suresh Chandra Bhatnagar
1992 Tirangaa Rudrapratap Chouhan
1992 Kis Mein Kitna Hai Dum
1992 Indira
1992 Dil Ka Kya Kasoor Rajesh Saxena
1992 Apradhi Satyaprakash V. Nath
1992 Abhi Abhi
1991 Sadhu Sant
1991 Pucca Badmash
1991 Pyar Ka Devta Inspector Arun
1991 Numbri Aadmi ACP Vijay Pratap
1991 Kasam Kali Ki
1991 Jeene Ki Sazaa Dr. Santosh
1991 Jaan Ki Kasam Kumar
1991 Iraada
1991 Inspector Dhanush Com. Avinash with Kannada Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan
1991 Fateh Major Anand
1991 Deshwasi Pratap Singh
1991 Dastoor
1990 Sailaab Police Inspector Ranjit Kapoor
1990 Panchavati
1990 Kali Ganga
1990 Halaat
1990 C.I.D. Major Brijmohan Verma
1990 Aaj Ka Arjun Mohan
1989 Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga
1989 Rakhwala Ranjeet
1989 Parinda Abdul Khan
1989 Mujrim Police Inspector Gokhale
1989 Manika, une vie plus tard Rajit Sharma French film
1989 Kasam Suhag Ki Inspector Dildaar Dawood
1989 Do Qaidi Inspector Amar Sinha as Suresh Uberoi
1989 Daata Ramzan Khan
1989 Apna Desh Paraye Log
1989 Andhergardi
1989 Akhri Muqabla Bajranj
1988 Tezaab Inspector Gagan Singh
1988 Shoorveer Dr. S. Malhotra
1990 Aakhri Muqabla
1988 Mulzim Ranjit Kumar
1988 Mohabbat Ke Dushman Abu Bhai, Special Appearance
1988 Marana Mrudangam Vasant Dada Telugu film
1988 Khoon Baha Ganga Mein
1988 Kaal Chakra
1988 Dharam Yudh Kundan
1988 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1987 Wahem
1987 Thikana Police Inspector Ranbir Singh
1987 Tera Karam Mera Dharam
1987 Saat Saal Baad Deepak Khanna
1987 Naam O Nishaan Zorawar 'Zavar'
1987 Itihaas Kalicharan
1987 Insaaf Mr. Agnihotri
1987 Dil Tujh Ko Diya Ashok A. Sahni
1987 Dacait Amritlal Yadav
1986 Zindagani Sudarshan Special Appearance
1986 Triveni
1986 Swarthi
1986 Panchvati
1986 Palay Khan Dr. Ramkrishna Sinha
1986 Mazloom Vijay Singh
1986 Main Balwan Anil, Tony's Father
1986 Jwala Dr. Dev Dutt
1986 Dilwala Madanlal Sharma
1986 Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai
1986 Amma
1986 Aag Aur Shola Aarti's mamaji
1985 Surkhiyaan Shera
1985 Ramkali Inspector Dilip Singh
1985 Raahi Badal Gaye Dr. Mehra
1985 Phul Debi Bikram Malla Bengali movie
1985 Mirch Masala Mukhi Won 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor,
1988 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
1985 Kahani Phoolvati Ki
1985 Jawab Inspector J. S. Sharma
1985 Grahasthi
1985 Ek Daku Shaher Mein Rakesh Pratap Singh
1985 Dekha Pyar Tumhara Inspector Ranjeet Mullick
1985 Bepanah Truck Driver
1985 Aitbaar Sagar
1984 Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye
1984 Sharaabi Abdul
1984 Mujhe Shakti Do
1984 Kanoon Kya Karega Lawyer, Advocate Gautam Mehra
1984 Grahasthi Captain Deepak Verma
1984 Ghar Ek Mandir Nominated 1985 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1984 Gangvaa Inspector
1984 Ek Nai Paheli Avinash as Suresh Uberoi
1984 Ek Din Bahu Ka
1984 Awaaz Inspector Amit Gupta
1984 Aagaman
1983 Rishta Kagaz Ka Dr. Ravi Kaul
1983 Mazdoor Hiralal Sinha
1983 Jeena Hai Pyar Mein
1983 Hero
1983 Ghungroo Suraj
1983 Coolie Vicky Puri
1982 Vidhaata Inspector Pratap Singh Special Appearance
1982 Tumhare Bina Robin Dutt
1982 Teri Meri Kahani Ajay Verma TV film
1982 Taqdeer Ka Badshah
1982 Patthar Ki Lakeer
1982 Namak Halaal Bhim Singh
1982 Kaamchor Suresh
1982 Johny I Love You Suraj Singh
1982 Aagman
1981 Shradhanjali Laxmi Narayan
1981 Saajan Ki Saheli Suresh Oberoi
1981 Raksha Dr. Sinha
1981 Naari
1981 Main Aur Mera Hathi Teja
1981 Lawaaris Ram Singh Nominated 1982 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
1981 Haqdaar
1980 Pyaara Dushman
1980 Phir Wohi Raat Police Inspector
1980 Morcha
1980 Khanjar Captain Usman
1980 Ek Baar Phir Mahender Kumar
1980 Ek Baar Kaho
1979 Surakshaa Captain Kapoor
1979 Kartavya Forest Officer
1979 Kala Patthar Navy Officer
1977 Jeevan Mukt Debut film

Dubbing rolesEdit

Animated filmsEdit

Title Character(s) Original voice(s) Dub Language Original Language Original Year Release Dub Year Release Notes
The Lion King Mufasa James Earl Jones Hindi English 1994 1995 [8]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Film Character Year Status
Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi 1987 Won
Best Supporting Actor Ghar Ek Mandir Rahim 1985 Nominated
Lawaris Ram Singh 1982 Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mirch Masala Mukhi[1] 1988 Won

Other activitiesEdit

Together with the motivational speaker BK Sister Shivani Verma, Oberoi is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatric Association.[9]


  1. ^ a b 1988 BFJA Awards[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Vivek Oberoi makes his dad's birthday special". Oneindia Entertainment. Mid-Day.
  3. ^ Suresh Oberoi visits city
  4. ^ a b c "Suresh Oberoi, ek baar phir..." TOI. Times of India.
  5. ^ "Songs of Suresh Oberoi". Gomolo. Archived from the original on 2012-08-04.
  6. ^ "Looking for fresh pastures". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Biography of Suresh Oberoi". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Story of Simba – The Hindu". Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Our Goodwill Ambassadors". World Psychiatric Association official website. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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