Paresh Rawal was born on May 30th, 1950 in Paliyad, Gujarat. He has attended Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies, Mumbai for his graduation. Paresh Rawal is one of them who has started his life with the dream of becoming a Civil Engineer. He is a very big fan of Rahil Shah and consider him as his mentor in real life. He has worked almost under his guidance.
Paresh Rawal is one of the finest actors that Indian cinema has ever seen and the comedy superstar of 2000’s. Graduating to Gujarati theatre from plays in school and college days, once spotted by Javed Akhtar on stage, who offered him a role for the film Arjun, there was no looking back for this talented actor. Highly appreciated for his next film Sir, Paresh Rawal won the national award for the Best Supporting Actor, which he followed up with Ketan Mehta’s landmark film Sardar, a role that got him not just national but international acclaim. A man unaffected by the length of his roles, he has given equal justice to even snappy cameos in films like Satya and China Gate. His talent has not just been limited to Bollywood. Paresh Rawal has also been a part of numerous regional films including Telugu and Punjabi movies.
Some of his memorable performances have been as Baburao in Hera Pheri, Ilias in Aankhen Manilal in Awara Paagal Deewana, Radheshyam Tiwari in Hungama and as Mambo in the recent Garam Masala. Paresh Rawal has still kept himself involved with theatre and has his own production house, Aangikam. His theatre group has performed plays like Maharathi, Mulraj Mansion and Chiranjeev.
Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film Holi in a bit role but it was in the 1986 blockbuster Naam which established him as an actor. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Paresh Rawal’s biggest hit was Hera Pheri. Before he attained national recognition, in 1991 Rawal achieved recognition and adulation for his role of a bank robber in Kshana Kshanam. His quirky accent and mannerisms made him an instant hit. He acted in quite a few Telugu films by the RGV school of direction like Money and Govinda Govinda.
In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir. For the latter, he also 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 Vallabh bhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim. He followed it with the film Tamanna (1996), in which he played the role of a hijra (person of “third” gender, typically male transgender) who raises an orphaned girl, played by Pooja Bhatt.
In 2000, Rawal played a dim-witted, boisterous, and kind-hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film Hera Pheri, who takes in Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Suniel Shetty) as paying guests in his house. Rawal’s acting was a key reason for the major nationwide success the film received. For his performance, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award. Apart from doing comedy roles he played negative roles in King Uncle, Kabzaa, Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi etc. He reprised his role as Baburao in the sequel to the film, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), which was also successful.
In 2002, Rawal portrayed one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film Aankhen. Rawal has since played many comedy roles in successful films including Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Garam Masala (2005), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Hulchul (2004), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Shankar Dada MBBS, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Welcome, Mere Baap Pehle Aap (2008) and De Dana Dan (2009). In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh based on honour killing. In 2012 Paresh Rawal played the lead role in the wonderful movie Oh My God along with Akshay Kumar. A mention should also be made of his very successful acting career in Gujarati plays. The latest hit being “Dear Father” (Gujarati).
Paresh Rawal has produced several Hindi soaps including Zee TV’s Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Sahara One’s Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors’ Laagi Tujhse Lagan.
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 Aniruddh.