Paresh Rawal  (born 30 May 1950) is an Indian Hindi film actor of Gujarati background.
Making 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.

Family and early life

Paresh was born in Mumbai 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 College of Commerce Economics, Vile Parle, Mumbai.

 Career

Rawal made his debut with the 1984 film Holi. He then appeared in over 100 films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Paresh Rawals 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 Mehtas Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him not only national but 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 a young, orphaned girl, played by Pooja Bhatt.In 2000, Rawal played a dim witted and boisterous, but kind hearted Marathi landlord Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the film Hera Pheri, who takes in Raju (Akshay Kumar) and Shyam (Sunil Shetty) as paying guests in his house. Rawals 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 comdey roles he played negative roles in King Uncle, Kabzaa, Ram Lakhaa, 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 (2006),Hulchul (2004), Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Shankar Dada MBBS, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Mere baap Pahale Aap, Welcome and De Dana Dan (2009). In 2010, Rawal acted in the movie Aakrosh based on honour killing.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 Ones Main Aisi Kyunn Hoon and Colors Laagi Tujhse Lagan

Awards

National Film Awards

    1994: Won: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Woh Chokri & Sir

Filmfare Awards

    1993: Won: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Sir
    1995: Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award
    1996: Nominated: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award- Raja
    2001: Won: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Hera Pheri
    2003: Won: Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Awara Paagal Deewana

Star Screen Awards

    1996: Won: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Raja
    2001: Won: Star Screen Award for Best Comedian for Hera Pheri
    2003: Won: Star Screen Award for Best Comedian for Awara Paagal Deewana

IIFA Awards

    2001: Won: IIFA Best Comedian Award for Hera Pheri

Zee Cine Awards

    2003: Won: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Awara Paagal Deewana