, Gujarat, India
Paresh Rawal made his film debut in 1984, he mainly played supporting and villain roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Since 2000 he has mostly played comic roles and his biggest hit was Hera Pheri.
Paresh Rawal was born in Paliad, Gujarat, India. 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. Paresh Rawal is an alumnus from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies, Vile Parle, Mumbai. Rawal moved to Mumbai, at the age of 22. He went there to become a civil engineer. After people recognized him as a great actor, he was recommended to be in Bollywood and now he is a great actor and comedian.
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 fighterVallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him not only national but international acclaim. He followed it with the film Tamaana (1996), in which he played the role of a Hijra (person of "third" gender, typically male transgender) who raises a young, orphaned girl, played by Pooja Bhatt.
For his performance in Hera Pheri, 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.
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 Pagal (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Golmaal (2006), Chup Chup Ke(2006) , Bhagam Bhag (2006), Shankar Dada MBBS and De Dana Dan (2009). In 2010, Paresh Rawal acted in Movie Aakrosh based on honour killing. He also produced Hindi Serials including Zee TV's Teen Bahuraaniyaan, and Sahara One's Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon.