Paresh Rawal is a famous actor, thespian and politician. He is well known for his roles as a villain as well as a comedian in more than 100 movies and won several awards for his exceptional contribution to the Indian film industry. He is also a member (BJP) of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament. Check out Paresh Rawal wiki, height, weight, age, wife, family, biography, facts & more.
Paresh is reared in Mumbai (Maharashtra) and completed his schooling from the ‘Maharashtra SSC Board’ and Graduation from the ‘Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics‘ (Mumbai) in March 1974.
He gave Bollywood super hit movies like ‘Sir’ (1993), ‘Raja’ (1995), ‘Hera Pheri’ (2000), ‘Aankhen’ (2002), ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ (2002), ‘Hungama’ (2003) and many others.
For his brilliant performance in the Indian Cinema, he won many prestigious awards such as Padma Shree (2014), National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (1994) for the movie ‘Woh Chokri’ and ‘Sir,’ Filmfare Best Villain Award for ‘Sir’ in 1993, Filmfare Best Comedian Award for ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2001, Filmfare Best Comedian Award for ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ in 2003. Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Raja’ in 1996, Star Screen Award for Best Comedian for ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2001, Star Screen Award for Best Comedian for ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ in 2003, International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Best Comedian Award for ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2001, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2001, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ in 2003, Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?’ in 2010. Bollywood Movie Award for Best Comedian for ‘Hera Pheri’ in 2001, Bollywood Movie Award for Best Comedian for ‘Hungama’ in 2004 and many others.
Having 5’ 8” height and 78 kg weight Paresh has a good body structure with 42” chest, 34” waist and 13” biceps. In dark brown eyes and with healthy physique, he looks amazing in different characters on small and big screen.
Family, Caste & Girlfriends
Born on 30 May 1955 to father Dahyalal Rawal in Mumbai, 63 years old Paresh Rawal belongs to a reputed Nagar Brahmin Gujarati family.
He is married to an actress and Miss India contestant (1979) Swaroop Sampat. Paresh has two sons Aditya and Anirudh.
After his study in 1974, Paresh started doing Gujarati Theaters and acted in the Gujarati plays like ‘Dear Father‘ which won a lot of acclamation from the audience.
Afterward, he decided to enter into the Indian entertainment industry and made his acting debut with the movie ‘Holi‘ in 1984. Then, he performed as a supporting actor in the movie ‘Arjun’ in 1985. But he came into limelight with the blockbuster movie ‘Naam’ in 1986. In 1993, his lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel in the movie ‘Sardar’ brought him national and international acclaim.
During the 1980s and 1990s, he appeared as the main villain, in the movies like ‘Kabzaa,’ ‘King Uncle,’ ‘Ram Lakhan,’ ‘Daud,’ ‘Baazi,’ ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’ and many others. He performed a double role in the movie ‘Andaz Apna Apna.’
In 2000, he became a superstar after the release of the movie ‘Hera Pheri’ in which he acted as a kind-hearted and dim-witted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte. Due to his exceptional comedy talent and humorous dramatic flow of the story, this movie proved superhit at the box office. He also won the ‘Filmfare Best Comedian Award’ for this film. After this, eminent directors began to hire him as a lead actor or main protagonist in their movies.
In 2002, he played the lead role as one of three blind bank robbers in the hit film ‘Aankhen.’ During this time, he appeared as a comedy star in the movies such as ‘Awara Paagal Deewana’ (2002), ‘Hulchal’ (2004), ‘Garam Masala’ (2005), ‘Golmaal’ (2006), ‘Chup Chup Ke’ (2006), ‘Bhagam Bhag’ (2007), ‘Shankar Dada MBBS’ (2004), ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ (2007), ‘Welcome’ (2007), ‘Mere Baap Pehle Aap’ (2008), and ‘De Dana Dan’ (2009).
Apart from Bollywood, Paresh also worked in Tollywood and established an exceptional position especially in a villain role in the Telugu movies like ‘Kshana Kshanam’ (1991), ‘Money’ (1993), ‘Govinda Govinda’ (1993), ‘Money Money’ (1995), ‘Rikshavodu’ (1995), ‘Bavagaru Bagunnara’ (1998), ‘Teenmaar’ (2011) and many others.
In 1984, he made his debut on the small screen with the serial ‘Bante Bighadte‘ aired on Doordarshan.
Apart from an actor, Paresh is also a talented producer who produced the hit daily serials like ‘Teen Bahuraaniyaan’ airs on Zee TV, ‘Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon’ broadcasts on Sahara One and ‘Laagi Tujhse Lagan’ telecasted on Colors channel.
In 2012, he produced his first movie ‘Oh My God,‘ which gained a lot of acclamation from the audience. His second production venture is a biopic of ‘Narendra Modi.’
In ‘Sanju‘ the biopic of Sanjay Dutt, he is playing the role of Sanjay’s father Sunil Dutt. In 2014, he became the Member of Parliament (MP) from Ahmedabad East zone. In the same year, he was honoured with the ‘Padma Shri’ award for his great contributions to the film industry.
Arundhati Roy Tweet
On May 21, 2017, Paresh Rawal was accused of advocating violence against women when he posted a tweet – “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!” Arundhati Roy is a famous author who was alleging the Indian soldiers as they tied a Kashmiri to their jeep and used him as a human shield. But, it was assumed that Rawal wanted Roy to be used as a human shield.
‘Cook fish for Bengalis’ remark
In December 2022, the Kolkata Police summoned Paresh Rawal for remarks he made about Bengalis during a Gujarat election campaign. He said,
Gas cylinders are expensive, but their price will come down. People will get employment too. But what will happen if Rohingya migrants and Bangladeshis start living around you, like in Delhi? What will you do with gas cylinders? Cook fish for the Bengalis?”
In response to a complaint lodged by Mohammed Salim, state secretary of CPI(M), the actor was charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Mohammed Salim claimed that the actor’s speech promoted hatred toward Bengalis in his complaint. The Hindu
- He loves cricket and often goes to watch live cricket matches.
- Paresh can speak Hindi, English, Gujarati, Telugu and Marathi languages fluently.
- He loves the movie ‘Il Postino: The Postman’ (1994 Italian Film).
- His hobbies are reading, travelling, listening to music and doing yoga.
- Paresh admires the directors Priyadarshan, Ketan Mehta, Rajkumar Santoshi and Mahesh Bhatt.
- His favourite politician is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- He is a fan of actors Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Amitabh Bachchan, Kajol and Marlon Brando.
- His dearest book is ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1962 Novel by Ken Kesey).