is one of the finest actors that Indian cinema has ever seen. 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. He is married to former Miss India, Swaroop Sampat.
In 2012, he produced and acted in an adaptation of one of his own plays, Kishan vs Kanhaiya, 'OMG Oh My God!
'. Also starring Akshay Kumar
and directed by Umesh Shukla
, the film did stupendously well.