Arun Govil

Arun Govil (Hindi: अरुण गोविल; born 12 January 1958) is an Indian actor, producer and director.[3][4] He has acted in Hindi, Bhojpuri, Braj Bhasha, Oriya and Telugu films. He is best known for playing Lord Rama in Ramanand Sagar's hit television series Ramayan (1986).[5][6][7]

Arun Govil
Govil in 2009
Born (1958-01-12) 12 January 1958
OccupationActor, producer, director
Spouse(s)Shrilekha Govil
ChildrenAmal Govil (son)
Sonika Govil (daughter)[1]
RelativesTabassum (sister-in-law)[2]

He made his Bollywood debut in Prashanta Nanda's Paheli (1977).[8] He shot to stardom after he was cast in Kanak Mishra's Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979) and Satyen Bose's Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979).[9][10] He made his small screen debut in Ramanand Sagar's Vikram Aur Betaal (1985).[11] He was then cast as Lord Rama in Sagar's highly successful TV series Ramayan (1986), for which he won the Uptron Award in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category in 1988.[6] He reprised his role as Rama in Sagar's Luv Kush.[12] His role as Rama provided him great exposure and led him to be cast in other celebrated roles such as Harishchandra in the TV series Vishwamitra or Buddha in the TV series Buddha. He lent his voice as Rama in Yugo Sako's Indo-Japanese animation film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992).[13] He was panned for switching over to the role of Laxman in V. Madhusudhan Rao's Lav Kush (1997).[14]

Early life

Arun Govil was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.[15] He got his formal education at Meerut University, where he studied engineering science and acted in some plays.[15] He spent his teenage life in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His father wanted him to become a government servant while Arun wanted to do something for which he would be remembered.[6]


In 1975, at the young age of 17, he moved to Mumbai to join his brother's business there. After a short while, he found that he no longer enjoyed the work and decided to find something more enjoyable.[6] After doing dramas in college he decided upon acting. Govil got his first break in Indian cinema in the 1977 film Paheli, when he was introduced to Tarachand Barjatya by his sister-in-law Tabassum.[8] Barjatya was really impressed with Govil's performance in the film and he signed him a three-films-deal — Kanak Mishra's Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979), Vijay Kapoor's Raadha Aur Seeta (1979) and Satyen Bose's Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979). Sawan Ko Aane Do became a major success at box office catapulting Govil to stardom.[9] Raadha Aur Seeta was a box office failure while Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin was another success at box office.[10] He featured in Kanak Mishra's Jiyo To Aise Jiyo (1981) which was the 30th biggest hit of that year.[16]

Ramanand Sagar cast Govil as Vikramaditya in his television series Vikram Aur Betaal and Rama in his highly successful television series Ramayan, for which he won the Uptron Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" in 1988.

"When I came to know they are making Ramayan, I said I would like to play Ram. It came to my mind that I should play that character. But I didn't say that because I thought it would be great for my career. The project was such that I felt like doing it. But it proved to be a very important milestone in my career and life. People still know me as Ram. Even in places like airport, they touch my feet. It's been happening since more than 30 years. It is still stuck in people's minds. Not only the older generation, but also the new generation has seen it. It has gone into the history of not only Indian television, but also the Indian psyche."

— Govil on his portrayal of Rama[17]

His role as Rama provided great exposure to him and led to him being cast in other religious-based roles, including Harishchandra in Vishwamitra (TV series) and Buddha in TV series Buddha. Arun Govil has worked in movies of several languages. He has worked in Oriya movies like Bidhira Bidhan (1989) and many Telugu movies like Edu Kondalaswamy (1991), Govindha Govindha (1993), The Great Robbery (1996) and Aa re Kaaliya. He has also got an opportunity to anchor a show on lord Ram, Jahan Jahan Ram Charan Chali Jaahi. He also lent his voice in 1992 mythological Indo-Japanese animation movie Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama as Lord Rama.[13]

He later set up a production company with his Ramayan co-star Sunil Lahiri. He produced and acted in Mashaal, a TV series based on the Indian independence movement. His wife Shrileikha acted and co-produced the show as well.

Personal life

Arun Govil is the fourth of six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Vijay Govil is married to Tabassum, a former child actress and the host of the first Bollywood Celebrity talk show on Doordarshan Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, which continued for 21 years. His nephew is Film and TV actor Hoshang Govil (Son of Vijay and Tabassum Govil). His father Shri Chandra Prakash Govil was a government officer. Govil is married to actress Shrilekha, with whom he has a son and a daughter.[3]



1977 Paheli Balram
1979 Sawan Ko Aane Do Birju
Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin Ajay S. Agarwal
Raadha Aur Seeta Shekhar Verma
1980 Judaai Umakant S. Verma
Ganga Dham Mohan
1981 Jiyo To Aise Jiyo Kundan Sharma [18][19]
Itni Si Baat Anand [20]
Shradhanjali Raju Kumar [21]
1982 Gumsum Shankar
Ayaash Amal
Sasural Narendra
Jawalaa Dahej Ki
Brij Bhoomi Braj Bhasha dialect film
1983 Lal Chunariyaa
Himmatwala Govind
Justice Chaudhury Inspector Ramesh Chaudhary
Kalka Shibhu
1984 Aasmaan Doctor
Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein
Ram Tera Desh Prakash
1985 Karmyudh Rajesh
Do Dilon Ki Dastaan Kamal
Yudh Inspector Bhargav
Baadal Thakur Kiran Singh
Lallu Ram Shankar/Raju
1986 Devar Bhabi in Hindi & Bhojpuri Actresses Shoma Anand (Hindi) & Upaasna Singh(Bhojpuri)
1986 Dilwaala Mohan Kumar
Shatru Salim
1987 Maashuka Arun Verma
1988 Jai Karoli Maa Madan
1989 Bidhira Bidhan Oriya film
Pyari Dulhaniya Bhojpuri film
1991 Edu Kondalaswamy Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
1992 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Lord Rama voice only
Shiv Mahima Lord Shiva
1993 Govinda Govinda Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
Muqabla Havaldar Satyaprakash
1994 Kanoon Pankaj Vishal's brother
1995 Shanivrat Mahima Bhagwan Indra/
Lord Venkestwara
Hathkadi Arun Chauhan
Buk Bhara Bhalobasha Soumitra Dutt Bengali film
1996 Great Robbery Lord Venkateswara Telugu film
1997 Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law Inspector Deodhar
Do Ankhen Barah Hath
Lav Kush Laxmana
2014 Babul Pyaare Pandit Hari Singh Bhojpuri Film


  • Vikram Aur Betaal as King Vikramaditya
  • Ramayan (1986–87) as Shri Ram
  • Luv Kush (1989) as Shri Ram
  • Kaise Kahoon (2001)
  • Basera (2000)
  • Ehsaas - Kahani Ek Ghar Ki
  • Mashaal (Doordarshan television serial) as Ajay
  • Phoolwanti (1992) as Pandit Vankatesh Shastri
  • Buddha (1996 Sony TV) as Buddha
  • Aparajita (DD National)
  • Massian di Raat (Punjabi) (DD National)
  • Jai Veer Hanuman
  • Karawaas
  • Zindagi Navrang Hai
  • Mrityunjay
  • Aashiqui (1998–1999)
  • Pal Chhin (1999–2000) as Pratap Singh
  • Sanjhi (2002 Zee TV)
  • Supriya (Sab TV)
  • Antaraal (DD)
  • Hamara Apna Ghar
  • Gayatri Mahima (DD)
  • Zindagi Teri Meri Kahani Hai (Sahara one)
  • Jeet (Star plus)
  • Antariksh (Star plus)
  • Kartavya (Zee TV)
  • Sarhadein
  • wo hue na humaare (DD) as Ravindra Damaniya
  • Vividha (DD)
  • Vishwamitra (DD) as Raja Harischandra
  • Pyar Ki Kashti Me (Star One

Buddha(TV series)

  • harishchandra

See also


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  17. "Arun Govil aka Ram: People touch my feet even 30 years after Ramayan". Cinestaan. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
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