Name: Rajpal Yadav
Birthday: 16th March, 1971
Marital Status: Rajpal Yadav married Radha Yadav on 10th June, 2003.
Awards: The actor has won the Screen Award and the Sansui Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for his performance in ‘Jungle’. He has also been nominated for many awards for his comic performances. However, he has not yet won an award for it. He has been honored with the Yash Bharati Award and the Janpad Ratna Award.
Trivia: An extremely talented actor and theatre artist, Rajpal Yadav boasts of close to a hundred films to his credit. If he has entertained the audience with his rib-tickling comic roles, he has also shown his versatility by playing negative roles equally well. Whether he is a supporting cast in a film, or the lead himself, he portrays the role with all his dedication.
Biography: Hailing from a small town Shahjahanpur in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav has been associated with theatre and acting for a long time. He acted in many plays in the Shahjahanpur theatre prior to attending the Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow to receive formal training in theatre. He studied there for two years, from 1992 to 1994, after which he went to the National School of Drama in Delhi and stayed there till 1997.
Rajpal shifted base to Mumbai in 1997 to try his luck in the Hindi film industry. He began his career on television with Doordarshan’s television serial ‘Mungeri ke Bhai Naurangilal’ where his role was comic in nature.
However, things were not very easy for him where the film industry was concerned. Even his agent could not help him much and all his efforts in auditions went in vain for a long time. He did bit roles in films like Dil Kya Kare and Mast, and that is when he was spotted by Ram Gopal Verma. The filmmaker signed him for an extremely challenging negative role in his film ‘Jungle’, starring Urmila Matondkar and Fardeen Khan. Rajpal’s commendable performance even won him the award for the best actor in a negative role at prestigious award ceremonies.
The talented actor did negative roles in a few films, but discovered comedy to be his forte. His notable comic performances include Hungama, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Chup Chup Ke, Garam Masal, Phir Hera Pheri, Dhol, Malamaal Weekly, Bhagam Bhaag, Bhootnath, Bhool Bhulaiyya, De Dana Dan, and so on.
Besides, he has also played the lead characters in many films like ‘Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon’, ‘Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh’, ‘Ladies Tailor’, ‘Kushti’ and ‘Mirch’. He even appeared in a Hollywood film called ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’.