Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1955) is an Indian film actor, comedian[4] and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood. He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency from 2014 to 2019. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and English languages fluently. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir.[5] For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.[5]

Paresh Rawal
Rawal at the 4th anniversary bash of 'The Pilate Studio', February 2015
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
26 May 2014  23 May 2019
Preceded byHarin Pathak
Succeeded byHasmukh Patel
ConstituencyAhmedabad East
Personal details
Born (1955-05-30) 30 May 1955[1]
Bombay, Bombay State, India
(present-day Mumbai, Maharashtra)[2]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Alma materNM College
  • Actor
  • producer
  • politician
  • comedian[3]
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Swaroop Sampat
AwardsPadma Shri (2014)
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards

He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011). His other notable works in Hindi cinema are Naam (1986), Shiva (1990), Mohra (1994), Tamanna (1996), Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013) and Zilla Ghaziabad (2013).[5]

He then ventured into comedy, with hits such as Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Nayak (2001), Aankhen (2002), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hungama (2003), Hulchul (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007), One Two Three (2008), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), OMG – Oh My God! (2012), Welcome Back (2015), Dharam Sankat Mein (2015), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Sanju (2018), and Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (2018).

Personal life

Rawal was born and brought up in Mumbai.[2] He is married to Swaroop Sampat, an actress and winner of the Miss India contest in 1979. Paresh and Swaroop have two sons, Aditya and Anirudh. He is an alumnus of Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai.[6]

He is said to be one of the most versatile and fabulous actors in the Bollywood industry. He is also a devoted cricket fan and has been spotted many times in cricket matches.


Rawal made his debut with the 1985 film Arjun in a supporting role. It was the 1986 blockbuster Naam that established him as an actor with great talent. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, mostly as the main villain, such as in Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Kabzaa, King Uncle, Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi and so many more. In the 1990s, he also starred in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna in which he played a double role. Paresh Rawal was perceived as a character actor by both audiences and critics until the 2000 Bollywood cult classic Hera Pheri, after which he starred in many Hindi mainstream films as a lead actor or main protagonist. Rawal played the dim-witted, boisterous and kind-hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film Hera Pheri, who takes in Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Sunil Shetty) as paying guests in his house. Rawal's acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received.[7] For his performance, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film Phir Hera Pheri (2006), which was also successful.[5]

Another notable lead role came In 2002 when Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aditya Pancholi, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen. Rawal, for the remainder of the 2000s, was seen in mainly comedy oriented multi-starrers, mostly amongst the lead protagonists such as in Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hulchul (2004), Garam Masala (2005), Hungama, Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2007), Shankar Dada MBBS (Telugu), Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009).[5] In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh, based on honour killing.[8]

In 2012, Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the superhit OMG – Oh My God!. Good friend Akshay Kumar was seen supporting him, and both won rave reviews for their roles.

He has also had a very successful acting career in Gujarati plays, the latest hit being Dear Father.

For television he has produced several Hindi soaps including Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Sahara One's Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors' Laagi Tujhse Lagan.[9]

One of his upcoming projects is a biopic of Narendra Modi. Paresh Rawal is going to produce the film, which will be his second production venture after Oh My God.[10]

His latest notable release is Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju with Ranbir Kapoor. He plays actor Sunil Dutt's role in the movie. He is also reprising his role as Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in Hera Pheri 3 which will release in 2019.[11]

His upcoming movies are Made in China, Coolie No. 1 and Toofan.


He won as the Bharatiya Janata Party's Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East constituency in the 2014 Indian general election. In 2014, he was awarded Padma Shri.[12][13]

2014 Indian general elections: Ahmedabad East[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
BJP Paresh Rawal 633,582 64.29 +10.92
INC Himmatsingh Patel 306,949 31.15 -7.82
AAP Dinesh Vaghela 11,349 1.15 N/A
BSP Rohit Rajubhai Virjubhai 6,023 0.61 -0.60
NOTA None of the Above 14,358 1.46 N/A
Majority 326,633 33.14 +18.74
Turnout 985,525 61.52 +19.20
BJP hold Swing +10.92


On 21 May 2017, Paresh Rawal tweeted: "Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep, tie Arundhati Roy"[16] making a reference to the allegations that Indian soldiers tied a stone-pelter in Kashmir to their jeep and used him as a human shield, and it was presumed that he wanted Roy to be used as a human shield.[17] Rawal's tweet provoked a controversy, and he was accused of advocating violence against women. He was criticised by fellow actor Swara Bhaskar.[18] Rawal, was also criticised by Congress leader Shobha Ojha[19] while filmmaker Ashoke Pandit supported his tweet.[18]

He addressed the tweet controversy in July 2017 by saying with regard to Roy that he was exercising his freedom of expression - "If she is right, then even I am right. If she regrets making the comments, then I also regret. Agreed that this is fake news, but what about the comments that she made on 2002 Godhra riots? If you have freedom of expression then even I have it"[20]


  • In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contributions to the entertainment industry.[21]
National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards
Star Screen Awards
IIFA Awards
Zee Cine Awards
Apsara Awards

Bollywood Movie Award


Year Titles Role
Bante Bighadte
1984—85 Chunauti

He acted in a few Doordarshan serials during 1984 and 1988. His first serial was with Reeta Bhaduri called Bante Bighadte in the year 1984/85 and Chunauti, a serial based on college campus.



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  2. Asira Tarannum, TNN 2 August 2011, 03.14pm IST. (2 August 2011). "'Star kids are not good actors' – Times Of India". Retrieved 1 January 2013.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Ode to irreverence
  4. "Ode to irreverence". The Hindu.
  5. "Paresh Rawal". Won 2 national awards for Woh Chokri & Sir. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  6. "UMANG 2010, Inter-Collegiate Culture Festival, Narsee Monjee college".
  7. "Box Office 2000". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2008.
  8. "Honour killing is a dishonour to any society". Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  9. "Best from Paresh Rawal has yet to come".
  10. "Paresh Rawal to act, produce Narendra Modi's".
  11. "Hera Pheri 3 confirmed, to reunite Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal". Entertainment News, The Indian Express. 23 May 2018.
  12. "Paresh Rawal in dinu solanki out". 23 March 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  13. "Election results 2014 Paresh rawals biopic on Narendra Modi on hold". 16 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  14. "Parliamentary Constituency wise Turnout for General Election – 2014". Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  15. "Ahmedabad East". Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  16. "Paresh Rawal Says 'Tie Arundhati Roy To Army Jeep', Fuels Outrage". Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  17. "Indian actor Paresh Rawal proposes using Arundhati Roy as human shield".
  18. "Swara Bhaskar slams Paresh Rawal's comment on Arundhati, Ashoke Pandit supports actor".
  19. "Paresh Rawal tweet an indication of BJP's 'dictatorial mentality' says Congress".
  20. "Paresh Rawal unapologetic about Arundhati Roy tweet, says it was a 'message of peace'". Hindustan Times. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  21. "Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal get Padma Shri". Daily News and Analysis. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

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