Pavan Malhotra

Pavan Malhotra (born 2 July 1958) is a Hindi film and television actor. He has played lead roles in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's National Film Award-winning Bagh Bahadur and Saeed Akhtar Mirza's Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, both released in 1989. He is famous for his role as the cold-blooded mafia don Irfan Khan in the Telugu blockbuster Aithe (2003) and in his acclaimed role of Tiger Memon in Black Friday (2004).[1][2] In 2005, he acted in the Telugu movie Anukokunda Oka Roju as a Tantrik.

Pavan Malhotra
Malhotra at I am the Best premiere in 2011
Born (1958-07-02) 2 July 1958
Years active1984-present

Born in Delhi, Malhotra grew up in Nawabganj, Old Delhi, and studied at Manav Sthali School.[3] Having graduated in Arts from Hansraj College, Delhi University, Pavan ventured into the Delhi theatre circuit, thereafter he moved to Mumbai, where he started with the television industry as an assistant on the sets of the TV series, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), before he got a role in Saeed Akhtar Mirza's TV series on Doordarshan, Nukkad (1986), which got him noticed. Meanwhile, he had entered the film industry and made his debut with Pankaj Parashar's Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984).

Over the years he had worked with directors like Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta and Roland Joffé.[4]

In 2006, he was seen in Manish Goswami's Aisa Desh Hai Mera on Sony television.[5] He is seen on the TV series Alag Alag and Partho Mitra's Patang on DD Metro. He recently starred in the major hit movies Jab We Met and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He is currently acting in Lagi Tujhse Lagan as Malmal More on Colors TV. He has recently worked in hit movies like Punjab 1984 and Children Of War.

In 2016, a retrospective to mark his 25 years in cinema was held at India International Centre (IIC), Delhi.


Selected filmography

Denotes films that have not yet been released



  1. Black Friday, bloody Friday... The Hindu, 11 February 2007.
  2. Pawan Malhotra is flawless as Tiger Memon
  3. Aasheesh Sharma (16 January 2016). ""If people remember my characters more than my name, it's my success as an actor," says Pavan Malhotra". Hindustan Times, Brunch. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. Pavan Malhotra New York Times.
  5. Pawan Malhotra returns
  6. "51st Annual Manikchand Filmfare South Award winners". Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
  7. Pawan Malhotra: Filmography
  8. a Telugu film which garnered high acclaim; plays the antagonist
  9. remade into Hindi as SUNDAY; plays a superstitious mad person who seeks answers from god.
  10. "Special screening of Jalan's film". The Times of India. 24 September 2010.
  11. plays an IPS officer who was born in Bihar and lives in Andhra, father of the heroine...
  12. ...a scientist in ISRO, one of whose young sons is mentally immature
  13. Film viewing makes people appreciate art: Actor The Times of India, TNN 29 June 2009.
  14. Kahlon, Sukhpreet. "Diorama: You need the patience of a tree and the perseverance of grass in the film industry, says Pavan Malhotra". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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