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Leveraging the Comic Stylings of Johnny Lever - Falling in Love with Bollywood

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013


Lever has received more than 13 Filmfare award nominations for Best Comedian. He won Best Comedian for Deewana Mastana (1997) and Dulhe Raja (1999). In 1997, Johnny Lever won the Star Screen Best Comedian Award for his role as Balvant Singh in Raja Hindustani with Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor.

In 2002, Johnny Lever won the prestigious Zee Cine Best Actor in a Comic Role Award for his performance in the crime comedy film Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega ("Will Do Anything for Love").

Despite his successes, he feels he has much more to offer. In a 2012 Hindustan Times interview, he explained:

“Most filmmakers, who offer me roles say ‘Johnny bhai, come on the sets and do what you feel like.’ That isn’t the way I like to work,” he says, adding, “I have done it in the past, but, of late, I don’t like it. If I get a well-defined role and properly etched scenes, then I feel motivated to perform better. I prefer improvising, rather than creating comedy out of thin air.”

His favorite role? Lever often points to his role as Babu Lal in the 1993 thriller Baazigar. Lever plays an inept head servant in the Chopra household who seems to have memory issues: He forgets to include tea leaves when he serves tea and he screws up phone messages. "People loved me in the movie and I liked my character."


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