Happy birthday Paresh Rawal: Paresh Rawal, a versatile and accomplished actor, has cemented his place in the Indian film industry with his impeccable performances. With a career spanning nearly four decades, the veteran actor has portrayed a wide spectrum of characters with ease, transitioning effortlessly from intense dramas to fiery comedies.
His innate ability to bring depth and authenticity to his roles has earned him critical acclaim and a devoted fan following. From his memorable portrayal of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in the cult classic Hera Pheri to his captivating performance as a greedy and narcissistic shop owner in Oh My God, Paresh Rawal’s talent knows no bounds.
As Paresh Rawal turns 68 today, let us recall his best performances till date:
- Hera Pheri
Paresh Rawal’s portrayal of Baburao Ganpatrao Apte in this comedy film is considered one of his best performances. Directed by Priyadarshan, the film follows the hilarious misadventures of three unemployed men to find solutions to their financial woes. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tabu in lead roles. The film has gained so much popularity that even today scenes from the film are widely used as memes.
In the film, Paresh Rawal plays the role of Dr. Ghungroo, the on-screen maternal uncle (uncle) of Akshay Kumar’s character. Dr. Ghungroo’s comical antics and dialogue delivery become the catalyst for the misadventures and troubles of the entire family. Along with Akshay Kumar, the film features an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar and others.
- OMG: Oh my god!
Directed by Umesh Shukla, it is a thought-provoking film released in 2012. Starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in lead roles, Paresh Rawal portrays the character of Kanji Lal Mehta, a Gujarati shop owner. When his shop is destroyed in an earthquake, Kanji decides to take action against God in court.
Directed by Priyadarshan, Hungama is a multi-starrer film that hit the screens in 2003. Paresh Rawal portrays the character of Radheshyam Tiwari, a wealthy businessman who happens to be illiterate. The film revolves around the chaos that ensues when a misunderstanding about the characters’ backgrounds leads to hilarious results. The film also stars Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani and Rimi Sen in lead roles along with Paresh Rawal.
- Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
Directed by Ashwini Dheer, the film stars Ajay Devgn and Konkona Sen Sharma in lead roles, with Paresh Rawal playing a major supporting role as Lambodar Chacha. Paresh Rawal plays an unwanted guest who overstays his welcome. Lambodar Chacha’s presence in the house brings chaos and disrupts the lives of the residents.