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Date of Birth 07-01-1950
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John Prakasa Rao Janumala, famously known as Johnny Lever born January 7, 1950 in Ossalapalle, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, is an Indian film actor and comedian. He was born to Prakash Rao Janumala and Karunamma Janumala and brought up in Mumbai. He began his career in 1984, and has acted in more than 300 Bollywood films since. He has received 13 Filmfare Awards nominations in Best Comedian Category, and has won the award twice..

 Johnny Lever, born in Andhra Pradesh and was brought up in Mumbais Kings Circle area (Dharavi). His mother tongue is Telugu.Johnny studied in Andhra Telugu School till the seventh grade but couldnt study further because of financial problems in his family, after which he decided to leave school and started working different kinds of odd jobs, such as selling pens on the streets of Bombay by imitating Bollywood stars and dancing to the songs of Bollywood stars. He also spent his early ages in Yakutpura a old city of Hyderabad from where he learnt the unique style of comedy acting. He developed a passion for mimicry and stand-up comedy, inspired by watching comedians like Johnny Walker, Kishore Kumar and Mehmood in films and mimicry artists like Dinesh Hingoo and Nerella Venumadhav on stage, and thus decided to be a mimicry artist. To seek guidance and help regarding mimicry, he met his mentor Pratap Jani and mimicry artist Ram Kumar, who helped him and taught him the basics of mimicry.

 Audio career

Johnny started his mass career by releasing an album where he mimicked various Bollywood stars and created a few famous characters in the process; Chela Ramani being one. Some famous sketches in the album included Sky Lab, Madrasi Anna Criket, Pathan in the bus, Hijra Kabaddi and Chela Ramani.
Film career

Lever got his first break in Indian cinema with the film Dard Ka Rishta, thanks to the late Sunil Dutt. Since then, he has acted in more than 350 films. After Dard Ka Rishta, he was seen in Jalwa with Naseerudin Shah, but his first major success came with Baazigar, and after that he was seen in almost every movie as a supporting actor comedian. Despite being busy with his many movie roles, he continued to do live shows. One of his most memorable live performances was an impersonation of Michael Jackson at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. His most acclaimed performance was the character of Babulal in the film, Baazigar, directed by Abbas Mustan. He is also remembered for some of his other famous characters, like Chotta Chattri, Aslam Bhai, etc. His performance in the film, Judaai and his famous dialogues in the movie, Abba Dabba Jabba are also unforgettable.

His first Tamil feature film was Anbirkku Alavillai produced by SIMPL (Shepherd India Media Pvt. Ltd.), released in 2011. He also had a special appearance in one Telugu feature film, Criminal directed by Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt.


    Ek Nai Paheli (29 June 1984)
    Tum Par Hum Quarban (1985)
    Love 86 (14 February 1986) ...... Uttam
    Main Balwaan (28 November 1986)
    Jalwa (1987) ...... Muthu (The Masseur)
    Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam (15 January 1988) ...... Srivastavs Servant
    Kasam (15 April 1988)
    Hatya (3 June 1988)
    Aakhri Adalat (10 June 1988) ...... Havaldar
    Hero Hiralal (21 October 1988)
    Tezaab (10 November 1988) ...... Kainchi
    Suryaa (10 February 1989)
    Ilaaka (12 May 1989)
    Mujrim (28 June 1989) ...... Shankars PA
    Jaadugar (25 August 1989) ...... Nilkant
    Kala Bazar (6 October 1989) ...... Kutti Chai Walla
    Chaalbaaz (8 December 1989) ...... Special appearance as Johny Baba Tantrik


    1997: Star Screen Award for Best Comedian: Raja Hindustani
    1998: Filmfare Best Comedian Award: Deewana Mastana
    1999: Filmfare Best Comedian Award: Dulhe Raja
    2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role: Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega

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