Everyone's favorite powerhouse of entertainment, Paresh Rawal turns a year older today and we cannot help but reminisce about all the iconic characters he has given us over the years! Here’s a look at the best ones!
1. Baburao- Hera Pheri
It goes without saying but Paresh Rawal as Baburao is probably one of the most iconic characters of all times.
Baburao’s sarcastic one liners still rule the internet and his hilarious chemistry with his two unemployed tenants, Raju and Shyam is an absolute delight to watch.
2. Hasmukhlal - Judaai
Hasmukhlal, with his never ending queries and doubts, steals the show every time he pops up on the screen.
The iconic “question mark” on his forehead still makes him easily identifiable and adds to the weirdness of his already quirky character.
3. Teja and Ram Gopal Bajaj
Andaaz Apna Apna is an absolute cult classic and it’s nearly impossible to forget the hilarious shenanigans of Teja and his partners in crime Robert and Bhalla.
Paresh Rawal made the roles of these twin brothers feel distinct and hilarious at the same time and needless to say, became an audience favorite.
4. Radheshyam Tiwari - Hungama
With his pure white dhoti and the fate of constantly getting involved in trouble, Radheshyam Tiwari’s role in this grand comedy of errors is irreplaceable.
His famous one liner, “Arey yeh patni nahi panoti hai” still makes people laugh out loud.
5. Tikku Ali Sayed in Tamanna
Paresh Rawal as Tikku Ali Sayed in the heart- wrenching story of Tamanaa is known for his sensitive and careful handling of the character based on a real life transgender.
He said that he was aiming for a performance that does not caricaturize eunuchs and rather presents them with dignity.
His performance as Tikku is not only an important addition to Indian Cinema but also helps in bringing an important untold story to the limelight.
6. Lambodar Chacha - Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
The uninvited guest who seems to permanently make Puneet and Munmun’s house his own even after multiple attempts of making him leave are made, is a complete laughter fest!
Lambodar Chacha’s character is annoying yet charming making the audience hate and love him at the same time.
7. Somnath - Golmaal
Although the calm and composed character of Somnath is blind, he can easily sense lies and ends up outsmarting everyone in the end.
His witty and fatherly demeanor in contrast to the shrewd personalities of the boys creates a hilarious tension in the film which has now become Golmaal’s trademark style of comedy.
8. Kanji Lalji Mehta - OMG! Oh My God
Kanji Lalji Mehta, a stubborn atheist who goes to war with God to prove his point was an instant hit among the audiences and his unique journey still manages to stay relevant and hilarious at the same time.
9. Sunil Dutt - Sanju
Talk about getting under the skin of a character! Along with the amazing performances of co-stars like Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal, the character that also stood out the most was that of Sunil Dutt played by Paresh Rawal.
It was a challenge to play a character who Rawal had a history with in real life but instead of letting that fog his performance, he used its insights to make it more complex and natural.
Paresh Rawal’s walk into the biographical characters’ zone after years of being associated with comedy shows his drive to try new things even after being in the industry for so long.
10. Ajit Doval - URI: The surgical strike
Soon after Sanju, the audience saw Paresh Rawal in another biographical film, URI: The surgical strike. With his character of Ajit Doval he believed that it was time Indian audience saw a story of a real spy instead of all the fictional ones they already know of.
Paresh Rawal nailed not only the physical appearance of Ajit Doval but also managed to accurately portray his social attributes. His character as put by several critics was “authentic” and “did justice” to the real Ajit Doval.