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Paresh Rawal's birthday tribute: 12 unforgettable roles in Bollywood

Celebrating Paresh Rawal through 12 films that showcase his versatility and comic genius.

Paresh Rawal's birthday tribute: 12 unforgettable roles in Bollywood
Paresh Rawal

Last Updated: 07.18 PM, May 30, 2024


To mark Paresh Rawal's 69th birthday, we thought it would be fitting to look back at the films that have cemented his status as one of Bollywood's finest actors. Throughout his four-decade acting career, the veteran actor has demonstrated his flexibility by playing a wide range of memorable roles in comedies, dramas, and other genres.  

His distinctive mannerisms and comic timing have made an everlasting impression on fans, whether he is playing the hilariously notorious Teja and Ram Gopal Bajaj in Andaz Apna Apna, the charming Baburao in Hera Pheri, or the helpless Dr. Ghungroo in Welcome. From the witty Banwarilal of Chachi 420 to the "questionable" Hasmukh of Judaai to the profoundly atheist Kanjibhai of OMG—Oh My God!—fans hold Paresh Rawal in high esteem for his memorable and entertaining performances.

Paresh Rawal's iconic characters

Andaz Apna Apna (Prime Video)


Paresh Rawal played a dual role as the comical and notorious twin brothers Teja and Ram Gopal Bajaj. His impeccable comic timing, as well as the iconic "Teja main hoon, Mark idhar hai" line, made this role unforgettable.

Judaai (ZEE5 [OTTplay Premium])

As Hasmukh, Paresh Rawal played a supportive and humorous character who only asks questions throughout the film, which added a lighter touch to this intense family drama.

Chachi 420 (YouTube)

Paresh Rawal's role as the overprotective Banwarilal, who gets hilariously entangled in Kamal Haasan's disguise as a woman, remains one of his funniest performances.

Haseena Maan Jaayegi (ZEE5 [OTTplay Premium])

As Bhootnath, Paresh Rawal brought his unique brand of humour to this comedy, standing out even in a star-studded cast with his distinctive voice and quirky mannerisms.

Hera Pheri (Prime Video)

Paresh Rawal's portrayal of Baburao, also known as Babu Bhaiya, stands out as one of his most iconic roles. His portrayal of the quirky, naive, yet lovable garage owner is legendary.

Aankhen (Prime Video; ShemarooMe [OTTplay Premium]; Lionsgate Play [OTTplay Premium])

Paresh Rawal delivered a gripping performance as Illyaas, one of the blind men coerced into a bank heist, showcasing his versatility with his impeccable comic timing even in a serious setting.

Awara Paagal Deewana (JioCinema; Prime Video; ShemarooMe [OTTplay Premium; Lionsgate Play [OTTplay Premium])

As a forgetful yet loving Manilal, Paresh Rawal’s comic brilliance shone through again, contributing significantly to the film’s humour and entertainment value.

Hungama (Disney+ Hotstar)

Playing the suspicious and easily agitated Radheshyam Tiwari, Paresh Rawal delivered a hilarious performance that left audiences in splits.

Phir Hera Pheri (Prime Video; ShemarooMe [OTTplay Premium]; Lionsgate Play [OTTplay Premium])

Reprising his beloved role as Baburao, Paresh Rawal continued to entertain with his impeccable comic timing and lovable character.

Welcome (JioCinema; Prime Video; ShemarooMe [OTTplay Premium; Lionsgate Play [OTTplay Premium])

As Dr. Ghungroo, Paresh Rawal’s performance as the beleaguered uncle caught in a web of mafia-related chaos is both hilarious and endearing.

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

Paresh Rawal played the uninvited and irritating guest, Lambodar, whose antics bring about both frustration and laughter, showcasing his knack for comedy.

OMG – Oh My God!

In a more serious yet equally impactful role, Paresh Rawal played Kanjibhai, an atheist who sues God. Many praised his performance for its depth and nuance.

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