Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1950 in Paliyad, Gujarat) is an Indian film actor and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood and Telugu cinema. He completed his studies from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Higher Studies, Vile Parle, Mumbai and wanted to become a civil engineer. Being a big fan of Rahil Shah, Rawal worked for 10 years under his guidance. Paresh Rawal began his journey in the film industry in the year 1984 in the film Holi directed by Ketan Mehta. He then made his appearance in more than hundred movies during the 1980s and 1990s,in most as the main villain such as Kabzaa,King Uncle Ram Lakhan, Daud, Baazi, and so many more. In the 1990s, he also starred in the cult comedy Andaz Apna Apna where he played a double role. His biggest hit in his career was the comedy film Hera Pheri, directed in the year 2000 by Priyadarshan. His portrayal of the character Baburao GanpatRao Apte was the key reason for the success oof the film and won him the Best Comedian Award. He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits like Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995). His other notable works in Hindi include,Naam (1986), Shiva (1990), Mohra (1994), Tamanna (1996). Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013), Zilla Ghaziabad (2013), Chachi 420 (1997), Nayak (2001),Aankhen (2002),Awara Paagal Deewana (2002),Hungama (2003),Hulchul (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Garam Masala (2005),Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006),Bhagam Bhag (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir . He is currently a member of the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).