Paresh Rawal is an Indian film actor, thespian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir. For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's ‘Sardar’, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim. He has received recognition for his negative roles in Telugu box office hits like Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011). His other notable works in Hindi include ‘Naam’ (1986), Shiva (1990), Tamanna (1996) in which he played the role of a eunuch. He then ventured into comedy with hits like Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) and OMG - Oh My God! (2012). He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).