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Johnny Lever moviesRemember how you used to burst out laughing while watching comedies or hilarious film sequences in the 1980s and 1990s? Though it is undoubtedly correct, like the rain, Johnny Lever is necessary for it to be complete. Johnny Lever is regarded as one of the most successful and talented comedians in Hindi cinema.

In his three-decade career, he has appeared in over 300 Bollywood films and has been nominated for 13 Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Comedian. In the nomination, he won two Filmfare Awards.

Johnny Lever is an Indian film actor and one of Hindi cinema's most well-known comedians. Johnny Lever was one of India's first stand-up comedians. He began his career in 1984 and has appeared in over 300 Bollywood films. Johnny Lever is a well-known Indian actor with a large fan base that includes many famous people. He has received numerous honours for his contributions to Indian cinema.

Johnny Lever’s Age and Education

Johnny Lever’s Childhood and Education

Johnny Lever's birthday is on the 14th of August. Johnny Lever was born in the year 1957. Johnny Lever's age is 66 as of 2023. Johnny Lever's zodiac sign is Leo. He was born as John Prakasa Rao Janumala in Prakasam. Johnny Lever spent most of his childhood in Mumbai's King's Circle.

Due to financial constraints, he was only able to complete the seventh grade in an Andhra Telugu school. Johnny Lever had to do a variety of odd jobs to support his family including selling pens on Mumbai's streets. He even did it in an artistic and creative manner such as dancing to Bollywood dance numbers or impersonating Bollywood actors.

Apart from living in Mumbai he also spent some time in Hyderabad's old town of Yakutpura where he was introduced to this unique style of comedy. His early inspirations included classic comedians like Johnny Walker Mehmood and Kishore Kumar. He was also influenced by stage performers such as Dinesh Hingoo. Pratap Jani who was also his mentor encouraged him to pursue his interest in comedy and mimicry. He also met Ram Kumar a mimicry artist who taught him the fundamentals of the art form.


Johnny Lever's place of birth is Kanigiri India. He is actually from a Telugu family. Prakash Rao is his father's name. Karunamma Janumala is Johnny Lever’s mothers name. Johnny Levers’ Father used to work as an operator. He worked in the plant section of Hindustan Lever Limited. Johnny Lever is the oldest child in his family. When it comes to his siblings we can see that he has one brother Jimmy Moses. 

He also has three sisters. None of his family members were involved in the television or Indian film industries. He was the one who made the decision to begin performing comedy on both the small and large screens. Johnny Lever is married to Sujatha. It was in the year 1984 that he married Sujatha. He married a loving and perfect wife. They are still married. They have grown-up children. He devoted so many years to the film industry because of his wife's support. Without the assistance of his wife, he would be unable to continue his comedy career for many years. 

They have two kids. Jamie is the name of their daughter. She is also a professional stand-up comedian. Jessey is the name of his son. Her daughter performed in the Comedy Circus show where she stunned everyone with her comedic abilities. Her comic timing is simply incredible. She made her acting debut in the film Kis Kis Ko Pyaar Karoon.


Johnny Lever Struggle

Johnny Lever had to drop out of school when he was in Class 7 due to financial difficulties. Johnny did everything from selling pens and dancing on the streets of Mumbai to impersonating Bollywood actors.

For young Johnny Lever his genuine love of comedy blossomed amid all of these trials and these experiences shaped him into the man he is today. Johnny's father started bringing him to work at HUL after a few years. His son surprised him by becoming popular among his colleagues not for his work but for his mimicry abilities. 

This hidden talent required a platform which he received at the company's annual function by impersonating some senior HUL officials. The incredible show earned him the nickname Johnny Lever which he carried with him for the rest of his life. The response boosted Johnny's morale and encouraged him to work harder to make something of his passion. Opportunities for stand-up comedy shows began to pour in quickly.

His popularity grew by leaps and bounds and after six long years he finally quit his job in 1981 to become a full-time comic. As his popularity grew from stand-up comedy shows in orchestras he was invited to join the Kalyanji-Anandji group which gave him more significant exposure both nationally and internationally. 

Tum Par Hum Qurban gave Johnny his first break in the industry. During the filming of this film actor-director Sunil Dutt recognized his talent and offered him a role in his 1982 film Dard Ka Rishta. Johnny Lever has appeared in over 350 films since then including Jalwa, Tezaab, Kasam, Kishen Kanhaiya, Baazigar, Khiladi, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, and others. Whether it's Harry's Abba Dabba Jabba in Judaai or Aslam Bhai's Dubai Ka Chashma his characters have become timeless thanks to his incredible comic timing. Johnny Lever has done it all in the Indian comedy industry!

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Police Inspector From Kasam

Puneet Issar in Kasam


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Movies and Career

Johnny Lever's first break came with the film Tum Par Hum Qurban in which the famous TV and stage actress Tabassum launched her son Hoshang Govil as the leading man and then with the film Dard Ka Rishta the film in which Tabassum and the late Sunil Dutt helped launch. Since then he has appeared in over 350 films including Tezaab Kasam Khatarnak and Kishen Kanhaiya. He was seen in Jalwa Hero Hiralal with Naseeruddin Shah after Dard Ka Rishta.

His first major success was with Baazigar and he later appeared in films as a supporting actor/comedian. Despite his busy schedule with film roles he continued to perform live shows. One of his most memorable live performances was a Michael Jackson impersonation at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. His most acclaimed performance was as the character "Babulal" in Abbas-Mustan's film Baazigar. He is also remembered for some of his other well-known characters such as 'Chotta Chattri ' 'Aslam Bhai ' and so on.

He also appeared in the Tulu film Rang. Anbirkku Alavillai his first Tamil feature film was released in 2011. He also appeared in the Kannada film Gara. In 1993 Lever made his debut as Johnny Utolandand in an episode of the sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke. Lever also had his own show Johny Aala Re on Zee TV. He appeared as a judge on the stand-up reality show Comedy Circus in 2007. Lever joined the cast of Partners in 2017 as Commissioner Googol Chatterjee. He is the president of the Mumbai Mimicry Artist Association and has performed thousands of live shows all over the world.

Johnny Lever's Characters

Babulal in Baazigar

The plot of the movie Baazigar revolves around a young man with a grudge against a business tycoon who seduces the tycoon's younger daughter but she begins to suspect her new lover's relationship with her elder sister and his ulterior motive.

Babulal the owner not really but the head servant of the Chopra household in the 1993 blockbuster film Baazigar was a character with short-term memory loss.

Johnny made Babulal's portrayal flawless proving once again that he has the ability to play challenging characters like no other. His crazy antics and PJs keep you entertained on a regular basis.

Aslam Bhai in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega

Desperate for money three men Saif Ali Khan and Fardeen Khan plan to kidnap a woman Sonali Bendre and hold her hostage for ransom. Though the film was entirely inspired by the Coen Brothers' 1996 classic Fargo the Bollywood version added one original character.

Johnny played the character of Aslam Bhai. In this particular role there is really no one who could match his timing and acting skills. The character a small-time gangster who aspires to be a movie star elicited both sympathy and laughter from the audience.

Appu Khote in Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa

Three women leave their homes to work in order to make ends meet. This irritates their jobless husbands who will go to any length to stop them. Jhoomri and her spouse Bhimsha relocate to a new area. Three arguing couples live next door to them: Vijay and Anjali who recently got married; Appu Khote and Vimla who are already married and have four kids; and Ravi and Meena who are also married and have a child.

With their earnings failing to keep up with inflation and the high cost of living the ladies decide to seek employment to supplement their income with humorous results from their spouses who will go to any length to keep their wives at home even if it means bringing a dancing girl home to cook and care after the children.

Pappi Bhai in Golmaal 3

Pritam finally sees his long-lost love Geeta in Goa. They decide to marry but the feud between their children causes tension in their marriage. In the third edition, Johnny joined the Golmaal wagon as Pappi boss a.k.a Pappi Bhai. Johnny resurrected one of his old characters Babulal and played him with short-term memory loss. He not only distinguished Pappi Bhai from Babulal but he also provided laughs in his distinct style.

Winston Churchgate in Housefull 4

Three couples who are separated due to an evil scheme reincarnate after 600 years and meet again as history repeats itself and their respective partners are mixed up this time. Johnny was seen in one of the funniest avatars in Housefull 4 after playing back-to-back quirky characters in the Housefull series. The comedy of errors received mixed reviews but Johnny once again made the audience laugh.

Movie List and Career Timeline

Year Title Role
2023 Aflatoon TBA
2022 Cirkus To Be Announced
2022 Jaysuk Zdpayo Mansukh
2021 Hungama 2 Tutor Gagan Chandra D'Costa
2020 Coolie No.1 Inspector Jagjit Godbole
2019 Housefull 4 Winston Churchgate
2019 Total Dhamaal Raju
2018 Gara TBA
2017 Golmaal Again Pappi Bhai
2017 Judwaa 2 Pappu Passport
2017 Machine Darpan Gopal
2017 Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay Not Available
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Chooza
2015 Dilwale Mani Bhai
2014 Entertainment Habibulla
2014 My Father Godfather Director (Special Appearance)
2014 Rang Guest Role
2013 Boss Zorawar Singh
2013 Singh Saab the Great Gulwinder
2013 Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Bunty
2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni Paan Singh
2012 Deewana Main Deewana Husband
2012 Housefull 2 Vishwas Patil
2012 Khiladi 786 Inspector Bhalerao Kambli
2012 Players MC
2012 Savior NA
2011 Anbirkku Alavillai Johnny Bhai
2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati Sajjan Singh
2011 Love Mein Ghum Sukhia
2011 Masti Express NA
2011 Tell Me O Khuda Pandurang P.
2011 Yamla Pagla Deewana Jeweller
2010 Bhavnaon Ko Samjho Vivaah Marriage Bureau
2010 Dulha Mil Gaya Krish
2010 Golmaal 3 Pappi Bhai
2010 Khatta Meetha Award Anshuman
2010 Prem Kaa Game Ramnik Chedda
2009 Aao Wish Karein Hitchchock
2009 All the Best: Fun Begins Tobu
2009 De Dana Dan Kala Krishna Murari
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Parvej Asharraf 'Champa'/Daku Rabbar Singh
2008 Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin NA
2008 Khallbali: Fun Unlimited NA
2008 Konchem Koththaga Thief
2008 Mr Tikdambaaz NA
2008 Nidar – The Fearless NA
2008 Paying Guests Ballu Ji
2008 Race Max (The marriage bureau chief)
2008 Thela No. 501 NA
2007 Fool n Final Puttu Pilot
2006 36 China Town KK
2006 Aisa Kyon Hota Hai? NA
2006 Banana Brothers NA
2006 Chashmebahadur NA
2006 Phir Hera Pheri Munna
2006 Saawan... The Love Season Akhil Rao
2006 Sandwich NA
2005 Deewane Huye Paagal Murgan
2005 Khullam Khulla Pyaar Karen Pashabhai
2005 Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin Chitra Gupta
2005 Navra Maza Navsacha NA
2005 Padmashree Laloo Prasad Yadav Yadav
2004 Aabra Ka Daabra Maneklal
2004 God Only Knows! Road Babe
2004 Hatya: The Murder Paid Mourner
2003 Aisaa Kyon NA
2003 Andaaz G. I. Joe
2003 Chalte Chalte Nandu (The Roadside Drunkard)
2003 Indian Babu Mr. Patel/Principal "Patel Bond 008"
2003 Janasheen Johnny Chen
2003 Kaash Aap Hamare Hote Native Indian Black Face
2003 Kaise Kahoon Ke Pyaar Hai Sandwich
2003 Khushi Milestone
2003 Koi Mil Gaya Chelaram Sukhwani
2003 Kucch To Hai Popatlal
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Johnny
2003 Market NA
2002 Angaar – The Fire NA
2002 Ankhiyon Se Goli Maare Subramaniam
2002 Annarth Ben Bose Music Director
2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Chhota Chhatri
2002 Badmash No. 1 NA
2002 Chalo Ishq Ladaaye NA
2002 Humraaz Mr. Darshan
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Parwana
2002 Karz – The Burden of Truth Juggi
2002 Kehta Hai Dil Baar Baar Natwar
2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Paresh Chaval (Painter)
2002 Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge Pakhandee Baba
2002 Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa NA
2002 Yeh Kaisi Mohabbat Paajal
2002 Yeh Mohabbat Hai Jaggi
2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Appu Khote
2001 Aashiq NA
2001 Ajnabee Banu Pradhan (B.P.)
2001 Arjun Devaa NA
2001 Asoka Magadha Soldier
2001 Censor Vikramjeet's First Assistant
2001 Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Pappu Bhai
2001 Dial 100 NA
2001 Farz Informer named 'Taxi'
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Haldiram
2001 Lajja NA
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Aslam Bhai
2001 Nayak TV Cameraman Topi
2000 Aaghaaz Rajni Deva
2000 Badal Gulel Singh Rangoli
2000 Beti No. 1 Mulayamchand 'Mullu'
2000 Deewane Okay
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein College Professor Jack
2000 Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Tour Manager Chirkund
2000 Fiza Laughing Club Comic
2000 Hadh Kar Di Aapne Father/Son Lawyer Team
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Chatterjee
2000 Hum To Mohabbat Karega Kutti
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Kanhaiya
2000 Jwalamukhi NA
2000 Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal Nanhey
2000 Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Inspector Parab
2000 Krodh Prem
2000 Kunwara Gopal
2000 Mela Inspector Pakkad Singh
2000 Meri Jung Ka Elaan NA
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Pappu Junior
2000 Raju Chacha Jaddu
2000 Shikari Jafrani Sindhi Businessman
2000 Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa Maggi

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Raj's (Hrithik Roshan) Best Friend In Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai

Tannaz Irani in Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai


Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai is a timeless love story that will always remain in our memories. So, on Valentine's Day, give your loved one a video greeting from Tannaz Irani, who also appeared in the film Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai in addition to Johnny Lever. Consider your sweetie's reaction when they see a Bollywood star sending them Valentine's Day wishes.

Net Worth

Regarding his net worth, it is reported to be over 30 million US dollars which is equivalent to 227 crores in Indian rupees (2265696000 INR). His primary sources of money are motion pictures and live performances. House in Lokhandwala Andheri West Mumbai he resides in a luxurious 3BHK apartment. He also has a lovely villa in addition to a couple of additional homes in Mumbai.

In Johnny Lever's collection of automobiles are the Audi Q7 ($1 000 000 INR) Honda Accord ($43 216 000) and Toyota Fortuner ($276 000). Johnny Lever’s interests include imitation music cinema and charitable work. Johny Lever is an outspoken proponent of charity. Johnny Lever made his Bollywood debut by doing a performance at 'Hope 86 ' a charity event attended by the 'Crème de la crème' of the business.

Awards & Nominations

Filmfare Awards

Screen Awards

Zee Cine Awards

4 Interesting Facts About Johnny Lever

In 2000, 25 of Johnny's movies were released.

In Johnny's career, the year 2000 saw the release of not one but twenty-five of his films. Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Hum Tumpe Marte Hain, Had Kar Di Aapne, Kunwara, Mela, Badal, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Fiza, Raju Chara. and Joru Ka Ghulam are among the hits.

How John Prakash evolved into Johnny Lever

Prakash Rao Janmula Johnny's father worked at the Hindustan Lever Factory in Mumbai. Johnny was also hired at his request. They had to lift heavy 100 kg drums here. At the same time, Johnny used to do mimicry to entertain his coworkers which led to everyone in the factory calling him Johnny Lever. Johnny became so skilled at impersonation that he was hired for stage performances. Johnny used to entertain the audience at parties around the house by doing mimicry for which he was paid.

Punishment for defaming the tricolor

In the year 1998, Johnny Lever was required to serve a 7-day prison sentence. Johnny Lever was charged with disrespecting the tricolor but he was found innocent. There has never been a year since 1986 when no Johnny Lever movie has been released. The actor most recently appeared opposite Sara Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan in Coolie No 1.

Through Sanjay Dutt, Johnny Lever made his debut in Bollywood.

Sanjay Dutt a Bollywood actor spotted Johnny Lever at one of these stage performances and offered him the part of Joseph in Dard Ka Rishta in 1989. After this movie, he began receiving generous offers on a regular basis. The actor has performed in a variety of roles.

Profile Summary

Johnny Lever  Details
Johnny Lever Profession Actor
Johnny Lever Celebrity Type Movie Star
Johnny Lever Age 66 Years
Johnny Lever Date Of Birth 14 August 1957
Johnny Lever Zodiac Sign Leo
Johnny Lever Birthplace Kanigiri
Johnny Lever Height 5.5 Feet
Johnny Lever Weight 66 Kgs
Johnny Lever Notable Work Phir Hera Pheri
Johnny Lever Total Movies 189
Johnny Lever Net Worth $30 million
Johnny Lever Instagram  @iam_johnylever
Johnny Lever Twitter  @iamjohnylever


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