Asrani Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Jaipur, State of Jaipur, British India
Birth NameGovardhan Asrani

Mini Bio (1)

Asrani was born in a middle class Sindhi family. His father migrated to Jaipur after the Partition of India and opened a shop selling carpets. He has four sisters and three brothers: two elder and one younger. Asrani was highly uninterested in business and very weak in mathematics. He completed his matriculation from St. Xaviers School and did his graduation from Rajasthan College, Jaipur. He simultaneously worked as a voice artist on All India Radio, Jaipur, to pay for his education. His ultimate aim was to become an actor.

He began to learn acting from Sahitya Kalbhai Thakkar from 1960 to 1962. In 1962, he traveled to Bombay and began to seek opportunities to act. In 1963, Hrishikesh Mukherjee advised him to learn acting professionally. In 1964 Asrani joined the Film Institute in Poona (now Film and Television Institute of India, Pune) and finished his course in 1966. He impressed many others and made his acting break in 1967 with a Gujrati movie opposite budding actress Waheeda (not Waheeda Rahman, the Hindi actress). He acted in four other movies, mainly as actor or supporting actor in Gujrati from 1967 to 1969. His debut film in Hindi was Hare Kaanch Ki Chudiyaan where he appeared as Biswajeet's friend. He acted in Khoon Pasina, marking a serious role other than comedy. It was from 1971 that he started getting more offers as the main comedian in films or as the close friend of the lead actor. He did 96 movies from 1972-79.Directors like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Atma Ram, Gulzar repeatedly cast him in the period 1971-1974 and his work got noticed through these films as they were hits. These roles he did from 1971-1974 set the tone for a number of supporting and comic roles in his career and in 70's his demand was at its peak as he appeared in 101 films from 1970-1979 and had effective roles in them.He was hugely talked about in the 1970s and is one of Rajesh Khanna's close friends.He worked with Rajesh Khanna in 25 films which includes 21 hit films.

In the 1980s, he acted in over 107 films. Unlike his roles in 1970-84 which were pivotal to the plot, most of his roles from 1985-1993 were very minor mainly because the concept of a comedian was getting phased out and heroes preferred to do their own comedy and action films were ruling the roost in the period 1985-1994. Simultaneously he kept working in Gujrathi films in 70's, 80's as lead hero and achieved success as the lead protagonist in Amdavad No Rikshawalo, Saat Qaidi, Sansar Chakra, Pankhi No Malo, Jugal Jodi, Maa Baap, Chel Chabilo Gujarati. From 90's he played as comedian or supporting actor in Gujrathi films like Mota Ghar Ni Vahu, Piyu Gayo Pardesh, Baap Dhamal Dikhra. During this period in 1982, he set up a small Gujrati production company with fellow artistes Dinesh Hingoo, Harish Patel and Salim Parvez (son of famous supporting actor Yunus Parvez). The company dissolved in 1996 with a large profit. Asrani also invested mainly in cloth and acted as investor for other actors, until 1991 when he lost a lot of money. From 1988 to 1993, he was a director for the Film Institute in Pune. In 90's he did only 73 Hindi movies due to lack of good scope for him to perform. Muqabla (1993) saw him in a serious role after long time. D.Rama Naidu gave him a pivotal role to Asrani in Taqdeerwala in 1995 and once again comedy movies were being made from thereon . Asrani started getting good roles in films directed by David Dhawan and Priyadarshan from 1993 till 2012. The 2000s saw Asrani in a number of blockbuster films like Hera Pheri, Chup Chup Ke, Hulchul and Deewane Huye Pagal. He appeared in a serious role in Kyun Ki. He was an integral part of comedies by Sajid Nadiadwala, Priyadarshan after 2000. His screen space in films of Rohit Shetty and others has got reduced gradually after 2009.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tariq I. Samy

Trivia (13)

Asrani acted with Superstar Rajesh Khanna in 25 films. Kaka had met Asrani on sets of Bawarchi and their friendship grew during Namak Haram and they worked till Ghar Parivaar in 1991.
Partner of Bollywood actress Manju Asrani.
His notable comedic roles in the 1970s are in Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar, Roti, Prem Nagar, Chupke Chupke, Chhoti Si Baat, Rafoo Chakkar, Sholay, Balika Badhu, Fakira, Anurodh, Chhailla Babu, Charas, Phaansi, Dillagi, Heeralal Pannalal, Pati Patni Aur Woh and Hamare Tumhare.
He became a regular feature in films produced by D. Rama Naidu and those movies directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, B.R.Chopra, K. Bapaiah, Narayana Rao Dasari, K. Raghavendra Rao, Basu Chatterjee in 1972-1992.
In 1974, he directed his first movie in Gujrati with Asrani himself as the hero, and the song Hu Amdavad No Rikshawalo sung by Kishore Kumar was pictured on Asrani. The songs pictured on Asrani and sung by Kishore in Hindi are Achcha Chaloji Baba Maaf Kardo from Hamare Tumhare, Pyar Main Karoonga from Yeh Kaisa Insaaf. The song 'Mannu Bhai Motor Chali Pam' was sung by him with Kishore Kumar and was pictured on Rishi Kapoor and him, in 'Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan' in 1978.
First appeared as a extra actor in the Shammi Kapoor film Ujala in 1959.
Claimed Raj Kapoor had a grudge against Asrani because Rishi Kapoor did not get admission at the film institute. Asrani was a instructor and felt Rishi was non matriculate. Years later Raj Kapoor offered Asrani a role in a production but Asrani quoted a high price.
Sudhakar Bokade signed Asrani to direct the film Padkaar in 1991. The film got shelved. Divya Films "Padkaar"(1991) Starring Asrani,Upasna Singh,Natasha Sinha, Sudhir Pandey, Mukesh Rawal,Anjali Parmar,Shiva,Mahavir Shah, Music by Gaurang Vyas, Produced by Sudhakar Bokade, Directed by Asrani.
Starred in the shelved film Sai Films International "Ghadbadh Ghotala"(1977) . Starring Jagdeep,Asrani,Aruna Irani,Rajendra Nath,Kesto Mukherjee,Maruti, Rita Bhaduri,Shyamalee,Yunes Parves, Shobha Khote, Bhagwan,Mohan Choti, Ferita Boyce, Music by Bappi Lahiri , Produced and Directed by Ramesh Meer.
Starred in the shelved movie ,Majestic Movies "Ekay Pe Ekka"(1975). Starring Asrani, Aruna Irani, Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by Dileep Raj, Directed by Jagdish Nirula.
Starred in the shelved movie Sun Shine Films "Jugal Jodi"(1977) Starring Deven Verma, Asrani, Vidya Sinha,Sarika, Music by Shankar Jaikishen, Directed by Kewal Sharma.
Starred in the shelved movie "Shaalu"(1978) Starring Vijendra Ghatge, Sarika,Asrani,Utpal Dutt,Music Bappi Lahiri,Produced by M.H. Parvez,Directed by Hiren Nag.
Starred in the shelved movie Satyendra Films "Chandaal Chowki"(1977) Starring Asrani,Jagdeep,Yogita Bali, Johnny Walker,Directed by Umesh Mathur.

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