Happy Birthday Paresh Rawal: Top 5 performances by the veteran actor
With a career spanning over 25 years, he has given us some of the most entertaining performances in film and theater.
Paresh Rawal is one of the most beloved actors in the country. With a career spanning over 25 years, he has given us some of the most entertaining performances in film and theater. Even though his talent has mostly been limited to supporting roles, he has built a huge fan following for himself by simply working the hardest and staying sincere to his craft.
As a celebration of his glorious career, here are the top five performances by Paresh Rawal, in no particular order of course:
Bansal (Nayak: The Real Hero) - 2001
It is rare in a big-budget, commercial film that the supporting character has better lines and character developments than the lead. The Chief Minister’s assistant, Bansal, played by Rawal required him to be both comedic, snappy, and obedient at the same time. Paresh Rawal beautifully distinguishes between the three character traits, keeping all of them believable and engaging at the same time. He provides the much-needed pragmatism in an otherwise ideal character of Shivaji Rao.
Shri Shri Prakash Guru Ghantal Baba Bengali Sealdahwale (No Smoking) - 2007
Playing an antagonist in an Anurag Kashyap film is a tough nut to crack. He rarely writes clearly black or white characters. Baba Bengali’s character in No Smoking is menacing, but Paresh plays is with a weird charm, maintaining a constant smile on his face, making him even more terrifying. He doesn’t have a lot of one-liners or quotable dialogues, but after you watch the film, the character gets embedded in your brain.
Ram Gopal Bajaj / Teja (Andaz Apna Apna) - 1994
Comedy is one of the toughest genres to crack. One off-note here and the character looks hammy. One off-note there and it doesn’t have the intended impact. Now multiply that by two. In this cult classic, Paresh Rawal plays two distinctly different characters, both essential to the plot, with the same amount of dedication and sincerity. With countless hilarious scenes, this film saw Paresh Rawal in a much different light as a comic actor, which laid the ground work for future films like Hera Pheri and Golmaal
Lucky's Father / Gogi Arora / Dr. B. D. Handa (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!) - 2008
Whatever I said for the last point, multiply that by three. Paresh Rawal plays three polar opposite characters in this Dibakkar Banerjee film, with an underlying sense of humor necessary for the characters.
Babu Bhaiya (Hera Pheri) - 2000
Baburao Ganpatrao Apte aka Babu Bhaiya needs no introduction. Hera Pheri is definitely one of the best films our generation witnessed at the turn of the century, and Babu Bhaiya the major reason why the movie turned into a cult classic, immortalizing “yeh Baburao ka style hai.”
A very happy birthday to the legend.