Happy Birthday Johnny Lever: 5 Best Comedy Scenes Of Bollywood's Legendary Comedian

Vaishnavi Gavankar |Aug 14, 2019

Johnny Lever is the first-ever and the most popular stand-up comedian of Bollywood.

Johnny Lever is the first-ever and the most popular stand-up comedian of Bollywood. Johnny Lever has featured in more than 400 Indian films while the actor has introduced comedy genre to the Indian audience. He won thirteen Filmfare Awards for his comic roles in movies.

Johnny Lever started performing as a stand-up comedian in various musical shows (orchestras), Tabassum hit parade. After earning fame Johnny Lever joined a group of Kalyanji-Anandji, a music direction duo of Bollywood.

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Even before joining Hindustan Lever company, he was giving stage performances. Because of his growing absenteeism and since he was earning well from stage shows, he quit HLL in the year 1981.

He did a lot of shows and world tours with them, one of his first big tours being with Amitabh Bachchan in 1982. At one of his shows, actor Sunil Dutt noticed his talent and potential and offered him his first movie Dard Ka Rishta.

Lever got his first break in the industry in Tum Par Hum Qurban. Since then, he has acted in more than 350 films including films such as Tezaab, Kasam, Khtarnak and Kishen Kanhaiya.

After Dark Ka Rishta he was seen in Jalwa with Naseeruddin Shah. Take a look at the comedy scenes of his films.

His first major success came with Baazigar, and after that, he was seen in movies as a supporting actor/ comedian. His most acclaimed performance was the character of Babulal in the film Baazigar directed by Abbas Mastan.

He is also remembered for some of his other famous characters, like Chotta Chattri, Aslam Bhai, etc. His performance in the film Judaai and his dialogue in the movie Abba Dabba Jabba are also notable.

In 2007, he appeared as a judge on the stand-up reality show Comedy Circus. In 2017, Lever joined the cast of Partners as Commissioner Googol Chatterjee.

He is married to Sujatha and has two children, a daughter Jamie who is a stand-up comedian too and a son Jesse.

His younger brother, Jimmy Moses, is also a comedian and mimicry artist. He is the president of MAAM (Mimicry Artist Association Mumbai) and has done thousands of live shows all over the world.

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