Suresh Oberoi (born 17 December 1946) is an Indian character actor and politician. He is the father of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi. He 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.
Oberoi at Vivek Oberoi's wedding reception
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party |
|Spouse(s)||Yashodhara Oberoi (1974-present)|
|Parent(s)||Anand Sarup Oberoi (father)|
Kartar Devi (mother)
|Relatives||Akshay Oberoi (nephew)|
|Awards||National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
1986 Mirch Masala - Mukhi
Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
1988 Mirch Masala - Mukhi
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. He is fluent in Pashto, 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.
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 and Khanjar between 1979 and 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 and directed by Danny Denzongpa, which was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. It also laid the foundation for him being cast as a police inspector in many of his future films.
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 and 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 and 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 and 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, the 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, he 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).
Suresh Oberoi married Yashodara, eight years his junior, in Madras on 1 August 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 a Tamil business family. 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".
|1978||Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastan|
|Kala Patthar||Navy Officer|
|Phir Wohi Raat||Police Inspector|
|Ek Baar Phir||Mahender Kumar|
|Ek Baar Kaho|
|Saajan Ki Saheli||Suresh Oberoi|
|Main Aur Mera Haathi||Teja|
|Lawaaris||Ram Singh||Nominated 1982 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|1982||Vidhaata||Inspector Pratap Singh||Special Appearance|
|Tumhare Bina||Robin Dutt|
|Teri Meri Kahani||Ajay Verma||TV film|
|Taqdeer Ka Badshah|
|Patthar Ki Lakeer|
|Namak Halaal||Bhim Singh|
|Johny I Love You||Suraj Singh|
|1983||Ek Din Bahu Ka||Deepak|
|Rishta Kagaz Ka||Dr. Ravi Kaul|
|Jeena Hai Pyar Mein|
|1984||Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye|
|Mujhe Shakti Do|
|Kanoon Kya Karega||Lawyer, Advocate Gautam Mehra|
|Grahasthi||Captain Deepak Verma|
|Ghar Ek Mandir||Nominated Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Ek Nai Paheli||Avinash||as Suresh Uberoi|
|Ek Din Bahu Ka|
|Awaaz||Inspector Amit Gupta|
|Ramkali||Inspector Dilip Singh|
|Raahi Badal Gaye||Dr. Mehra|
|Phul Debi||Bikram Malla||Bengali movie|
|Mirch Masala||Mukhi||Won 1987 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
1988 Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Supporting Actor Award
|Kahani Phoolvati Ki|
|Jawaab||Inspector J. S. Sharma|
|Ek Daku Shaher Mein||Rakesh Pratap Singh|
|Dekha Pyar Tumhara||Inspector Ranjeet Mullick|
|Palay Khan||Dr. Ramkrishna Sinha|
|Main Balwan||Anil, Tony's Father|
|Jwala||Dr. Dev Dutt|
|Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai|
|Aag Aur Shola||Aarti's mamaji|
|Thikana||Police Inspector Ranbir Singh|
|Tera Karam Mera Dharam|
|Saat Saal Baad||Deepak Khanna|
|Naam O Nishan||Zorawar 'Zavar'|
|Dil Tujh Ko Diya||Ashok A. Sahni|
|Kaal Chakra||Police Inspector Abhay Kamble|
|1988||Tezaab||Inspector Gagan Singh|
|Shoorveer||Dr. S. Malhotra|
|Mohabbat Ke Dushman||Abu Bhai, Special Appearance|
|Marana Mrudangam||Vasant Dada||Telugu film|
|Khoon Baha Ganga Mein|
|Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai|
|1989||Tujhe Nahin Chhodunga|
|Mujrim||Police Inspector Gokhale|
|Manika, une vie plus tard||Rajit Sharma||French film|
|Kasam Suhag Ki||Inspector Dildaar Dawood|
|Do Qaidi||Inspector Amar Sinha||as Suresh Uberoi|
|Apna Desh Paraye Log|
|1990||Sailaab||Police Inspector Ranjit Kapoor|
|C.I.D.||Major Brijmohan Verma|
|Aaj Ka Arjun||Mohan|
|Pyar Ka Devta||Inspector Arun|
|Numbri Aadmi||ACP Vijay Pratap|
|Kasam Kali Ki|
|Jeene Ki Sazaa||Dr. Santosh|
|Jaan Ki Kasam||Kumar|
|Inspector Dhanush||Com. Avinash||with Kannada Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan|
|Zindagi Ek Juaa||CBI Officer Suresh Chandra Bhatnagar|
|Kis Mein Kitna Hai Dum|
|Dil Ka Kya Kasoor||Rajesh Saxena|
|Apradhi||Satyaprakash V. Nath|
|Khoon Ka Sindoor|
|Anari||Bhai Raja Vikram Singh (Nandini's eldest brother)|
|Aasoo Bane Angaarey|
|1994||Vijaypath||Inspector Rajesh Saxena|
|Gopi Kishan||Rajeshwar Choudhary|
|Dilbar||DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma|
|Raghuveer||Ravi Varma, Commando|
|Meri Mohabbat Mera Naseeba|
|Diya Aur Toofan||Dr. Vijay Mehra|
|Dilbar||DCP Sridhar Atmaram Verma|
|1996||Raja Hindustani||Mr. Sehgal, Aarti's Father|
|Himmat||Blind lottery seller|
|Ajay||Raja Brijraj Singh|
|1997||Suraj||Police commissioner Ramakant|
|Kaun Sachcha Kaun Jhutha♧||IG Suryakant Verma|
|Lahu Ke Do Rang||Dharma Shikari|
|1998||Surviving Sabu||Sadru||Short film|
|Puraido: Unmei no toki||Justice, Dr. Radhabinod Pal||Hindi/English/Japanese film|
made in Japan
|Khote Sikkey||Pukhraj Mahadevan|
|Aakrosh: Cyclone Of Anger||Mahendra Pratap Gujral/Suraj Singh|
|2001: Do Hazaar Ek||Mr. Amirchand|
|Safari||Mr. Ajit Aggarwal, Anjali's father|
|2001||Shirdi Sai Baba|
|Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Mr. Jaiswal, Ria's Father|
|Moksha: Salvation||Mr. Sehgal, Vikram's father|
|Hum Ho Gaye Aapke||Mr. Oberoi, Rishi's father|
|Gadar: Ek Prem Katha||Taya|
|Dal: The Gang||Bhaktavar Singh/Major Balwant Sahni|
|2002||Raat Ke Saudagar|
|Deewangee||Mr. Bhullar, Public Prosecutor|
|23rd March 1931: Shaheed||Gaoler Chaddha|
|Talaash: The Hunt Begins...||Babu, Arjun's Father|
|2005||Socha Na Tha||Nirmal Oberoi|
|2009||World Cupp 2011||Coach|
|Karma Aur Holi||Shekhar|
|2019||Kabir Singh||Kabir's Father|
|Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi||Peshwa Bajirao II|||
|PM Narendra Modi||Guruji||Narrator|
Live action filmsEdit
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year release||Dub Year release||Notes|
|The Mummy||Arnold Vosloo||Imhotep||Hindi||English
|The Mummy Returns||Arnold Vosloo||Imhotep||Hindi||English
|Film title||Original voice||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year Release||Dub Year Release||Notes|
|The Lion King||James Earl Jones||Mufasa||Hindi||English||1994||1995|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Champions of Change Award in 2019, for his work in culture. The award was conferred by Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi on 20 January 2020.
|Best Supporting Actor||Mirch Masala||Mukhi||1987||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Ghar Ek Mandir||Rahim||1985||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Mirch Masala||Mukhi||1988||Won|
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- 1988 BFJA Awards
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- "Suresh Oberoi visits city". Ludhiana Tribune. 27 December 2000. Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- "Suresh Oberoi, ek baar phir..." TOI. Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
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- SpotboyE. "This Actor Was The First Choice For Danny Denzongpa's Role In Manikarnika". www.spotboye.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
- "Story of Simba – The Hindu". thehindu.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Mumbai born Ajay Harinath Singh wins Champions of Change Award". www.aninews.in. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- "Dr Beerinder Singh Yogi wins Champions of Change Award". Business Standard India. 25 January 2020. Archived from the original on 25 January 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
- "Our Goodwill Ambassadors". World Psychiatric Association official website. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2018.