Govinda (actor)

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Govinda Ahuja
Govinda at Bright Advertising Awards announcement 2013.jpg
Govinda at Bright Advertising Awards announcement 2013
Member of the Indian Parliament
for Mumbai North
In office
2004–2009
Preceded by Ram Naik
Succeeded by Sanjay Nirupam
Constituency Mumbai North
Personal details
Born Govind Ahuja
(1963-12-21) 21 December 1963 (age 53)[1][2][3]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Citizenship  Indian
Political party Indian National Congress.
Spouse(s) Sunita Ahuja (1987–present)
Children Tina Ahuja
Yashvardan Ahuja[4]
Parents Arun Kumar Ahuja
Nirmala Devi
Relatives See Govinda family[5]
Residence Juhu, Mumbai, India
Profession Actor, producer, politician
Signature
Nickname(s) Chi Chi [6]

Govinda Ahuja (born 21 December 1963), known mononymously as Govinda, is an Indian film actor, comedian and former politician known for his work in Hindi films. Known for his dancing skills, Govinda has received twelve Filmfare Award nominations, a Filmfare Special Award, a Filmfare Award for Best Comedian, and four Zee Cine Awards. The actor was a member of the Parliament of India from 2004 to 2009. Govinda's first film was 1986's Ilzaam, and he has appeared in over 165 Hindi films;[7] in June 1999, He was voted the tenth-greatest star of stage or screen in a BBC News Online poll.[8]

During the 1980s, Govinda's films spanned genres and included family, drama, action, and romance, he started out as an action hero in the 80's and reinvented himself as a comedy hero in 90's. At one time, Amitabh co-starred with him on his comeback to rejuvenate his market when his comeback films failed miserably, he was recognised in the following decade as a comic actor after playing a mischievous young NCC cadet in the 1992 romance Shola Aur Shabnam, with Divya Bharti. Govinda had lead roles in several commercially successful comedy films, including Aankhen (1993), Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Hero No. 1 (1997) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). He received a Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Haseena Maan Jayegi and a Filmfare Special Award for Saajan Chale Sasural. Govinda has played dual roles in several movies, including Jaan Se Pyaara (1992), Aankhen (1993), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Anari No.1 (1999).[9] He played six roles in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000): Raju and his mother, father, sister, grandmother and grandfather.

After a number of box office flops in the 2000s, his later commercial successes included Bhagam Bhag (2006), Partner (2007), Life Partner (2009) etc. In 2015 Govinda became a judge on Zee TV's dance-based reality show, Dance India Dance Super Mom Season 2, replacing Mithun Chakraborty.[10][11][12] The show received the highest TRP of any reality-show opening episode.[13]

Govinda (a member of the Indian National Congress) was elected the seventh member of parliament for the Mumbai North constituency of Maharashtra, India in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004,[14] defeating Ram Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Early life[edit]

Govinda AKA 'Chichi Bhaiya' was born on 21 December 1963 to former actor Arun Kumar Ahuja and singer-actress Nirmala Devi[15] into a family with Punjabi and Sindhi roots.[16] Arun is best known for Mehboob Khan's Aurat (1940),[17] he produced one unsuccessful film, and became ill shortly afterwards.[17] The family, living in a bungalow on Mumbai's Carter Road, moved to Virar—a northern Mumbai suburb—where Govinda was born.[17] The youngest of six children,[18] he was given the pet name "Chi Chi", meaning "little finger" in Punjabi, the language spoken at home.[18][19]

Acting career[edit]

1986–90: Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Three smiling men
Left to right, David Dhawan, Govinda and Chunky Pandey at a birthday party for Bobby Deol

After Govinda received a Bachelor of Commerce degree, his father suggested a career in film, around this time, Govinda saw the film Disco Dancer; afterwards, he practised for hours and circulated a promotional VHS cassette. He was offered jobs in a fertiliser commercial and an Allwyn ad, his first lead role was in Tan-Badan, directed by his uncle Anand. Govinda began shooting for his next film, Love 86, in June 1985,[20][21] his first release was Ilzaam which was a box office success, soon followed by another hit Love 86 that same year.

He went on to star in many films of various genres between 1987 and 1989 including the family dramas Khudgarz (1987), Dariya Dil (1988), Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988) and action films including Hatya (1988), Marte Dam Tak (1987), Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) and Jung Baaz (1989). Govinda worked with David Dhawan for the first time in the 1989 action film Taaqatwar and worked with Rajinikanth and Sridevi in Gair Kanooni that same year

1990–99: Critical and commercial success[edit]

Govinda and Anil Kapoor shake hands, as Govinda's wife looks on
Anil Kapoor, Govinda and his wife at the 2014 IIFA

In 1990 Govinda starred in the cult classic Awaargi, with Anil Kapoor and Meenakshi Sheshadri. Swarg and Maha Sangram co-starring Vinod Khanna, Aditya Pancholi and Madhuri Dixit were also successful. In 1991, he appeared alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikant in the hit film Hum; in 1992 he appeared in Zulm Ki Hukumat, an Indian version of The Godfather, and David Dhawan's Shola Aur Shabnam. His successful collaboration with Dhawan continued with Aankhen, the highest-grossing film of 1993, he and Dhawan would make several successful comedy films which included: Raja Babu (1994), Coolie No. 1 (1995), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Banarasi Babu (1997), Deewana Mastana (1997), Hero No. 1 (1997), Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999). The actor sang in some of his films: "Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" in Dulaara and "Gori Gori" in Shola Aur Shabnam. Dhawan and other directors frequently cast him with actresses such as Karishma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon during this decade.

2000-05: Slump and break from films[edit]

Govinda and Akshay Kumar holding an English flag
Govinda (left) with Akshay Kumar on the set of Bhagam Bhag

Govinda's career had a setback during the early 2000s after a series of commercially unsuccessful films, his hits included Kunwara,[22][23] Hadh Kar Di Aapne,[24] Jodi No.1,[25] Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta[26] and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah.[27] Although the actor was nominated for Filmfare Awards for Best Performance in a Comic Role for Kunwara, Jodi No.1, Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta and Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, since 2002 most of his films have been unsuccessful at the box office.

He played a villain for the first time in his career in Shikari (2000), although the movie was not a commercial success, Govinda's convincing portrayal of a sociopathic murderer was critically acclaimed.[28] He turned down roles in Taal, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Devdas, all of which were successful.[29]

Govinda then joined the Indian National Congress, he won a seat in Parliament from Mumbai North by defeating five-time MP Ram Naik, a former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, by over 50,000 votes in the 2004 general election.

The actor took a break from films during the period of 2003 to 2005, he had no new film releases in 2004 and 2005, although some of his delayed films were released during this time (such as 2005's Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen and Ssukh—produced by Govinda and directed by his brother, Kirti Kumar—and 2006's Sandwich) and were box office failures.

2006–09: Comeback[edit]

Govinda in a black satin shirt with Amrita Rao, a young actress
Govinda with Amrita Rao at a Life Partner party

Govinda made a comeback to films in late 2006 with the hit comedy Bhagam Bhag (directed by Priyadarshan), in which he appeared with Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta, it was Govinda and Kumar's first film together.

His first release of 2007 was director Nikhil Advani's big-budget drama, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. The all-star cast also included Shannon Esra, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar. Govinda played Raju, a taxi driver who helps the Caucasian Stephanie (Shannon Esra) who is frantically trying to find her lover. Raju eventually falls in love with her, although the film was a box office disappointment, Govinda's performance was praised.[30]

His second release that year was a comedy directed by David Dhawan Partner co-starring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta. The film grossed 300 million in India during its opening week, the second-highest domestic opening-week gross for an Indian film at that time.[31] Govinda won several awards for his performance in Partner including an IIFA Best Comedian Award and a Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male. The previously-made Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega, also released in 2007, did poorly at the box office, the actor appeared in the song "Deewangi Deewangi", from Om Shanti Om.

In 2008 Govinda appeared in Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, directed by Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya, which was a box office failure, this was followed by a T K Rajeev Kumar-directed comedy, Chal Chala Chal. Govinda's performance was praised, and the film was successful, that year Salman Khan invited Dhawan and Govinda on his show, 10 Ka Dum, to celebrate the success of Partner.

The following year he played a lawyer in the hit, Life Partner, and his performance was praised by the critics.[32] Govinda rejoined Dhawan and Vashu Bhagnani for Do Knot Disturb; despite good reviews from critics, it was unsuccessful at the box office.[33]

2010 to present[edit]

In 2010 Govinda appeared in Mani Ratnam's bilingual project, Raavan, with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. He played a Forest Ministry employee who takes Vikram's character through the woods in search of a wanted criminal. Govinda denied reports that his character was a contemporary version of Hanuman,[34] and his performance in the minor role was praised.[35][36][37]

In 2011 he appeared in Jagmohan Mundhra's adult comedy, Naughty @ 40, although the film received negative reviews, Govinda's performance was appreciated.[38] He also appeared in Rajnish Thakur's comedy, Loot, and voiced Bajrangi the monkey for Nikhil Advani's animated Delhi Safari.

In 2013 Govinda co-starred with Priyanka Chopra in K. C. Bokadia's box office failure, Deewana Main Deewana, which had been made about ten years earlier. The film, a Hindi remake of the Tamil film Priyamudan, was directed by Vincent Selva; Govinda's performance as a villain was praised.[39] He made his Bengali debut as a deputy inspector general of police in Dipak Sanyal's Samadhi, co-starring Gracy Singh and Sayali Bhagat, another box office failure.[40]

Many people onstage
Govinda (second from right) with Johny Lever (extreme left) at ICFPA concert in 2013

In 2014 Govinda appeared in AR Murugadoss's Holiday, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.[41] This was the second collaboration of Govinda and Akshay Kumar, after Bhagam Bhag.

Three years after his last starring role he starred in Yash Raj Film's Kill Dil, directed by Shaad Ali, with Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar.[42] Govinda last played an antagonist in 2000's Shikari; in the film posters, he posed with a gun.[43][44][45][46][47] The trailer was released on 18 September 2014.[48][49][50][51][52] The trailer was appreciated by Amitabh Bachchan. [53][54][55][56] The film was released on 14 November 2014; although Kill Dil was not a commercial success, Govinda's performance was praised by critics.[57]

He played a superstar in Happy Ending with Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D'Cruz,[58] his first appearance with Khan. Its trailer was released on 9 October 2014.[59][60][61][62] The film was released on 21 November 2014; it was a box office failure, but Govinda's performance was praised.[63]

In 2015 Govinda appreared in Hey Bro, starring Nupur Sharma and Ganesh Acharya.[64]

In 2017, Govinda was seen as a cop in his home production Aa Gaya Hero, which was directed by Deepankar Senapati, the film also stars former Miss World Richa Sharma, Ashutosh Rana, Murali Sharma, Makarand Deshpande and Harish Kumar.[65] Aa Gaya Hero will be Govinda's third production, after Hatya and Ssukh.[66] It was release on 24 February 2017, the film did not receive success on box office.

Collaboration with other actors[edit]

See caption
Govinda with Sanjay Dutt (left) at the launch of the book, Mr And Mrs Dutt

Govinda has worked with Shakti Kapoor on 42 films, they last performed together in Naughty @ 40. He has worked with Kader Khan on 41 films. Govinda and Khan were last seen together in Deewana Main Deewana, which was released almost 10 years after it was filmed. Govinda, Kapoor and Khan have appeared together in 22 films.

Govinda and Johnny Lever have appeared in 22 films, with Lever primarily playing comic roles. Govinda has made 14 films with Satish Kaushik; they last appeared together in 2009's Do Knot Disturb. Govinda has made 14 films with Paresh Rawal, he and Sanjay Dutt have worked together in seven films: Jeete Hain Shaan Se, Taaqatwar, Do Qaidi, Andolan, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Jodi No.1 and Ek Aur Ek Gyarah.

The actor was frequently paired with Neelam Kothari during the 1980s and early 1990s, they have made 10 films together: Govinda's debut Ilzaam, Love 86, Khudgarz, Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam, Hatya, Taaqatwar, Do Qaidi, Dost Garibon Ka, Farz Ki Jung and Billoo Badshah.

During the 1990s, Govinda was often paired with Karisma Kapoor, they have made 10 films together: Muqabla, Prem Shakti, Raja Babu, Dulaara, Khuddar, Coolie No. 1, Saajan Chale Sasural, Hero No. 1, Haseena Maan Jaayegi and Shikari. He has appeared in nine films with Raveena Tandon: Aunty No. 1, Dulhe Raja, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Pardesi Babu, Rajaji, Anari No.1, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Waah! Tera Kya Kehna and Sandwich

Govinda and Juhi Chawla, seated at a table
Govinda with Juhi Chawla at the 2014 Indian Princess finals

Govinda has made eight films with Juhi Chawla: Swarg, Bhabhi, Karz Chukana Hai, Radha Ka Sangam, Bhagyawan, Deewana Mastana, Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa and Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, and a cameo in Andaz Apna Apna. He made two films with Divya Bharti: Shola Aur Shabnam and Jaan Se Pyaara.

Govinda has made five films with Shilpa Shetty: Aag, Hathkadi, The Gambler, Chhote Sarkar and Pardesi Babu; four films with Lara Dutta (Bhagam Bhag, Partner, Do Knot Disturb and the upcoming Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai), and three with Rani Mukerji: Hadh Kar Di Aapne, Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai and Chalo Ishq Ladaaye.

Political career[edit]

Govinda, looking pensive in a purple satin shirt
Govinda at Katrina Kaif's birthday party in 2008

In 2004, Govinda joined the Congress Party party and was elected to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian parliament) from Mumbai by 50,000 votes over the five-term incumbent.[67]

During the elections, he said his agenda would be prawaas (transportation), swasthya (health) and gyaan (education). In the field of transportation, he claimed 80% credit for the quadrupling of the Borivali-Virar section of the Western Railway zone. According to official sources, he made some efforts in the fields of health and education, the Thane district collector said in an interview that Govinda had committed money from his "local area development fund" (allocated to each MP by the government) to construct anganwadis and solve drinking-water problems in Vasai and Virar but administrative approval was delayed.

Resignation[edit]

Govinda's filmstar status could explain his inaccessibility to his constituents but not his absence from parliament, during his tenure as the Member of Parliament, Govinda was usually absent when the Lok Sabha was in session and he was severely criticised for inactivity.[68] At the same time, he continued his film career while he was serving as an MP. Indeed, his career witnessed a comeback of sorts in 2007, after the release of Partner (co-starring Salman Khan, who had been instrumental in getting him the role), he was pilloried in the press for the combination of continuing to act in films while being generally absent from parliament, and inaccessible to his constituents. On 20 January 2008, Govinda decided to leave politics and concentrate on his Bollywood acting career.[69]

Personal life[edit]

A smiling Govinda and his daughter, wearing sunglasses
Govinda with his daughter, Tina Ahuja, at a Bright Advertising Awards announcement

Govinda's father, Arun Ahuja, was an actor during the 1940s; his mother, Nirmala Ahuja, was an actress and singer. His brother, Kirti Kumar, is an actor, producer and director, his sister, Kaamini Khanna, is a writer, music director and singer. Govinda's maternal uncle, Anand Singh (assistant to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee), introduced him in Tan-Badan. Singh's sister-in-law Sunita fell in love with Govinda at this time, and they were married on 11 March 1987, their marriage was a secret for four years.[70] They have two children: daughter Tina Ahuja and son Yashvardhan. Tina made her Bollywood debut in the 2015 Second Hand Husband.

Govinda has six nephews and two nieces in the entertainment industry: actors Vinay Anand, Krishna Abhishek, Aryan, Arjun Singh, Ragini Khanna, Amit Khanna, Aarti Singh and director Janmendra Kumar Ahuja. Govinda's brother-in-law, Devendra Sharma, has appeared in several Hindi films (see Govinda family).

Govinda was seriously injured on 5 January 1994 while travelling to a studio for the shooting of Khuddar, the actor's car collided with another car, and he sustained head injuries. Although he was bleeding profusely, Govinda did not cancel the shoot; after seeing a doctor, he worked until midnight.[71][72][73]

His actual phone number was used in the song "What is Mobile Number".

Controversy[edit]

Govinda and three other people, standing on a red carpet
(l-r) Govinda, Genelia D'Souza, Tusshar Kapoor, Prachi Desai at a special screening of Life Partner

In January 2008, Govinda slapped a struggling actor, Santosh Rai, on the set of Money Hai Toh Honey Hai at Filmistan Studio in Mumbai, on 5 February 2009, Rai filed a complaint against Govinda, accusing him of assault and criminal intimidation, in the Borivali Magistrate Court. In 2013, the court ruled against Rai;[74][75] in 2014, Rai took his case to the Supreme Court. He said that he had come to Mumbai to become an actor, and felt very humiliated when he was slapped by Govinda. According to Rai, he had contested the case for six years and had spent ₹500,000–600,000 on attorney fees, since the actor did not apologise, he was more determined to fight him in court.[76][77][78] In December 2015, the Supreme Court asked Govinda to apologise to Rai for slapping him and settle the whole matter out of the court immediately in the span of two weeks, the actor said that he "respects" the court's decision, and will decide when he receives it in writing.[79][80]

Television[edit]

A serious Govinda with a smiling man
Govinda introduces his album, Gori Tere Naina, in 2013

In 1999 Govinda and his wife appeared on Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, hosted by Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi.[81] Two years later he hosted a game show, Jeeto Chappar Phaad Ke (loosely translated as When the Heavens Open) on Sony TV, although its first episode had good ratings,[82] it ended after 13 episodes due to poor TRPs.[83]

In 2002 Govinda appeared on SAB TV's Movers & Shakers, a late-night talk show hosted by Shekhar Suman. The following year, he and his wife Sunita appeared on Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.[84]

In 2012 Govinda appeared on the first episode of SAB TV's Movers & Shakers Masala Markey, a late-night talk show hosted by Shekhar Suman.[85] On 15 December 2013, he appeared on the Colors TV show Comedy Nights with Kapil with Pooja Bose to promote his album. Govinda also sang few lines of the title track, "Gori tere naina", on the show (which was appreciated by legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar).[86]

In 2014 Govinda appeared on Star Plus' Mad In India, dancing to some of his hits with Karisma Kapoor, the following year he replaced Mithun Chakraborty as a judge on Zee TV's dance-based reality show, Dance India Dance Super Mom Season 2.[10][11][12] The show received the highest TRP for any season opener of a reality show.[13]

Accolades[edit]

Govinda with five other men onstage
Govinda (second from right) at the 2012 Mother Teresa Awards

In 1999, Govinda was voted the world's tenth-greatest star of stage or screen in a BBC News Online poll;[87] in July 2016, he was recognised as Actor of the Decade at the India Leadership Conclave in Mumbai.[88]

Music directors and singers[edit]

Govinda has worked with music directors Anand Milind and Anand Raj Anand and playback singer Udit Narayan. Narayan has sung more than 100 songs for Govinda in more than 40 films, the greatest number of films and songs he has sung for a particular actor. Other singers associated with Govinda include Kumar Sanu, Vinod Rathod, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Sonu Nigam.

His first album, Govinda, was released in 1998;[89] in November 2013 Govinda released his second album, Gori Tere Naina, with actress Pooja Bose.

Films[edit]

As actor[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
1986 Love 86 Vikram Doshi
1986 Ilzaam Ajay ShaYrma/Vijay Debut
1986 Tan-Badan Ravi Pratap
1986 Sadaa Suhagan Ravi
1986 Duty
1987 Dadagiri (film) Suraj
1987 Pyaar Karke Dekho Ravi Kumar
1987 Mera Lahoo Govinda Singh
1987 Marte Dam Tak Jai
1987 Khudgarz Kumar Saxena
1987 Sindoor Ravi
1988 Shiva Shakti Shakti
1988 Dariya Dil Ravi
1988 Ghar Mein Ram Gali Mein Shyam Amar
1988 Pyaar Mohabbat Raj
1988 Hatya Sagar
1988 Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Amar Dhanraj
1988 Tohfa Mohabbat Ka Hero
1988 Jeete Hain Shaan Se Iqbal Ali
1988 Halaal Ki Kamai Kabir Khanna
1988 Paap Ko Jalaa Kar Raakh Kar Doonga Deepak Malhotra
1988 Mera Imaan Unknown Unreleased
1989 Sachai Ki Taqat Sagar Singh
1989 Dost Garibon Ka Vijay/Barkat Ali
1989 Do Qaidi Kanu
1989 Asmaan Se Ooncha Vikram Malik (Vicky)
1989 Farz Ki Jung Vishal
1989 Gair Kanooni Om Narayan
1989 Billoo Badshah Vijay
1989 Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharnii Ravi Verma
1989 Taaqatwar John D'Mello
1989 Jung Baaz Arjun Srivastav
1989 Gharana Ravi Mehra
1989 Gentleman (1989 film) Hari/Om Double Role
1989 Paap Ka Ant Abhishek Mhatre a
1989 Aakhri Baazi Ram Kumar
1990 Maha-Sangram Arjun 'Munna'
1990 Taqdeer Ka Tamasha Satya
1990 Awaargi Dhiren Kumar Critically acclaimed role
1990 Naya Khoon Dr. Anand
1990 Izzatdaar Vijay
1990 Swarg Krishna
1990 Kali Ganga Govinda
1990 Apmaan Ki Aag Vikrant 'Vicky' Narayan Singh
1990 Paap Ke Dushman Vijay This was meant to star Sunny Deol alongside him. They have never been paired with each other since started their careers.
1991 Hum Vijay
1991 Karz Chukana Hai Ravi
1991 Kaun Kare Kurbanie Ajit 'Munna' Singh
1991 Bhabhi Amar/Nakadram
1991 Raiszaada Sanjay
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam Karan
1992 Jaan Se Pyaara Inspector Jai/Sunder Double Roles
1992 Radha Ka Sangam Govinda
1992 Zulm Ki Hukumat Pratap Kohli
1992 Naach Govinda Naach Govinda
1992 Baaz Deva
1993 Aankhen Vijay (Bunnu) / Gaurishankar Double Role / Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1993 Prateeksha Raja
1993 Muqabla Havaldar Suraj
1993 Zakhmo Ka Hisaab Suraj Kumar
1993 Aadmi Khilona Hai Sharad Verma
1993 Bhagyawan Amar
1993 Teri Payal Mere Geet Premi
1994 Raja Babu Raja Babu
1994 Dulaara Raja
1994 Prem Shakti Gangwa/Krishna
1994 Khuddar Siddanth Suri
1994 Ekka Raja Rani Sagar
1994 Aag Birju/Raju
1994 Brahma Suraj
1994 Beta Ho To Aisa Raju
1994 Andaz Apna Apna Himself Special appearance
1995 Andolan Aniket
1995 Hathkadi Suraj Chauhan/Rajnikant Double Role
1995 Kismat Ajay
1995 Coolie No. 1 Raju Star Screen Award Special Jury Award
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
1995 The Gambler Dayashankar Pandey
1996 Apne Dam Par Himself Special appearance
1996 Saajan Chale Sasural Shyamsunder Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Special Award
1996 Maahir Bhola
1996 Zordaar Ravi
1996 Chhote Sarkar Amar/Rohit
1997 Hero No. 1 Rajesh Malhotra
1997 Agnichakra Amar
1997 Banarasi Babu Gopi
1997 Do Ankhen Barah Hath Sagar
1997 Loha Govinda
1997 Deewana Mastana Bunnu Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
1997 Naseeb Krishna Prasad
1998 Aunty No. 1 Gopi/Kanaklakshmi
1998 Achanak Arjun
1998 Dulhe Raja Raja Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
1998 Maharaja Kohinoor Karan
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Pyare Mohan/Chhote Miyan Double Role / Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
Nominated - Filmfare Best Actor Award
Special Videocon Screen award from Jury
1998 Pardesi Babu Raju Pardesi
1999 Anari No.1 Rahul Saxena /Raja Double Role
1999 Rajaji Rajaji
1999 Haseena Maan Jaayegi Monu/Chachaji Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
1999 Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain Rahul Malhotra
2000 Hadh Kar Di Aapne Raju/Mummy/Daddy/Sweety/Dada/Dadi Six Roles
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Raja
2000 Kunwara Raju Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2000 Shikari Om Srivastav/Mahendra Pratap Singh Nominated - Filmfare Best Villain Award
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Ganga
2000 Beti No. 1 Bharat Bhatnagar
2001 Censor Himself Special appearance
2001 Jodi No.1 Veeru IIFA Best Comedian Award
Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2001 Albela Rocky Hiranandani
2001 Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Prem
2001 Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta Raj Malhotra Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Bhishma
2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Sunder
2002 Akhiyon Se Goli Maare Raj Oberoi Nominated -Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role
2002 Waah! Tera Kya Kehna Raj Oberoi/Banne Khan Double Role
2002 Chalo Ishq Ladaaye Pappu
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Tara
2003 Raja Bhaiya (film) Raja Bhaiya
2005 Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen Raja/Vicky
2005 Ssukh Chandraprakash Sharma
2006 Sandwich Shekhar/Vicky/Sher Singh Double Role
2006 Bhagam Bhag Babla One of the biggest hit of the year
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Raju
2007 Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega Karan/Bobby Singh/Sher Khan
2007 Partner Bhaskar Diwakar Chowdahry IIFA Best Comedian Award
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male
Star Gold Excellent Comic Actor Award
MTV Lycra Style Most Stylish Comeback Award
NDTV Imagine Best Jodi of the Year with Salman Khan
2007 Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance
2008 Humsey Hai Jahaan Special appearance
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Bobby Arora
2009 Chal Chala Chal Deepak
2009 Life Partner Jeet Oberoi Nominated - IIFA Best Comedian Award
2009 Wanted Himself Special appearance
2009 Do Knot Disturb Raj
2010 Raavan Vijay Kumar
2011 Naughty @ 40 Sanjeev Srivastav
2011 Delhi Safari Bajrangi (voice) 3D Animation film
2011 Loot Pandit
2013 Deewana Main Deewana Basant Released After 10 years
2013 Samadhi Deputy Inspector General of Police Bengali debut
2014 Holiday Sr. Commanding Officer Pratap Special Appearance
2014 Kill Dil Bhaiyaji Antagonist, Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Happy Ending Armaan Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Hey Bro Special Appearance
2017 Aa Gaya Hero Cop
2017 Raju Mind Blowing Illiterate Man
2017 Bhagwan Ke Liye Mujhe Chhod Do
2017 Fryday

Other language films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Three Roses Himself Tamil Film - Guest appearance
2013 Samadhi Deputy Inspector General of Police Bengali Debut

As Producer[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2017 Aa Gaya Hero Cop

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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