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Johnny Lever death hoax: Daughter Jamie Lever rubbishes news of comedian’s death … Johnny began his acting career in 1984 and is counted

News of veteran comedian Johnny Lever death has been making rounds of the news. However, his daughter rubbished the rumours and confirmed that her father is perfectly fine. In fact the 57-year-old actor is busy shooting for an assignment currently. Johnny’s daughter announced on her twitter profile that “There’s a false rumour out about dad. FYI he is absolutely alright Fit as ever at shoot today.

Johnny began his acting career in 1984 and is counted as one of the noted comedians of Bollywood. The actor is going to make a comeback to the big screen with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer Dilwale and Housefull 3. The Rohit Shetty film also stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in lead roles and is scheduled for December release. Whereas, Sajid Nadiawala’s Housefull 3 is slated to hit the screens by next year. 

Well, with two big films lined up for release in the coming months, the comedian will surely make you go ROFL with his comic timing. So all you Johnny Lever fans who believed that your favourite actor is no more can now rejoice. Since the actor is all perfect and fine, you all can sit back and relax.

Johnny Lever is not the only celebrity who has fallen prey to death hoax. Other celebrities who have been rumoured as dead are Lata Mangeskar, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shakti Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana. Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif went out of reach few months back which gave birth to her death rumours.

Johnny Lever (born John Prakash Rao Janumala) is an Indian actor and comedian who is best known for his works in Hindi cinema. Lever is one of the first stand-up comedians in India.Lever has received thirteen Filmfare Awards nominations in Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role, and has won the award twice, for his work in Deewana Mastana (1997) and Dulhe Raja (1998). He is also famous for Judaai for the dialogue Abba Dabba Jabba. He began his career in 1984, and has acted in more than three hundred Bollywood films.

arly life

Lever was born in a Telugu Christian family,[1][5] to Prakash Rao Janumala, an operator in Hindustan Lever Ltd|HLL plant[6] and his wife Karunamma Janumala in Kanigiri Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was brought up in Mumbai’s King’s Circle area (Dharavi). His mother tongue is Telugu. He is also fluent in Hindi, Marathi, English and Tulu.He is the eldest in the family consisting of three sisters and two brothers (including his younger brother Jimmy Moses).

Lever studied in Andhra education society English high school till the seventh grade but couldn’t study further because of financial problems in his family. He decided to leave school and started working odd jobs, such as selling pens on the streets of Mumbai by mimicking some famous Bollywood stars of that time and dancing to the songs of Bollywood stars. He also spent his early years in Yakutpura, an old city of Hyderabad, where he learnt the unique style of comedy acting.

During a Hindustan Lever Limited company function, he mimicked a few senior officers, and from that day on, the workers said he is Johnny Lever. When he later joined the film industry, he decided to use Johnny Lever as his screen name..

ntertainment career

He started to perform stand-up comedy in musical shows (orchestras), Tabassum Hit Parade and after earning fame, joined the group of Kalyanji-Anandji, a music direction duo. Even before joining Hindustan Lever, 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.

He recorded a comedy cassette called Hasi Ke Hangame which gave him recognition at homes via the audio mode. During this period, he also did a few commercials for Kachua chhap incense, directed by Shekhar Kapur. In 1986, he performed in a charity show called “Hope 86”, in front of members of the Hindi film industry as a filler. His talent was recognized, which resulted in producer Gul Anand offering him the film Jalwa, alongside Naseeruddin Shah.

Johnny Lever Film career
1980s
Lever got his first break in Tum Par Hum Qurban, in which the famous TV and stage compère and yesteryears actress Baby Tabassum launched her son Hoshang Govil as the leading man, and then with the film Dard Ka Rishta, thanks to Tabassum and the late Sunil Dutt. Since then, he has acted in more than 350 films including films such as Tezaab, Kasam, Khatarnak and Kishen Kanhaiya . After Dard Ka Rishta, he was seen in Jalwa, Hero Hiralal with Naseeruddin Shah.

1990s
His first major success came with Baazigar, and after that he was seen in movies as a supporting actor/comedian. Despite being busy with his movie roles, he continued to do live shows. One of his most memorable live performances was an impersonation of Michael Jackson at the 1999 Filmfare Awards. His most acclaimed performance was the character of “Babulal” in the film, Baazigar, directed by Abbas-Mustan[citation needed]. He is also remembered for some of his other famous characters, like “Chotta Chattri”, “Aslam Bhai”, etc.

2010s

Johnny Lever in 2011
He also acted in a Tulu movie, Rang. He also speaks Tulu fluently, influenced by his neighbours in Mumbai. His first Tamil feature film was Anbirkku Alavillai produced by SIMPL (Shepherd India Media Pvt. Ltd.), released in 2011. He also had a special appearance in one Telugu feature film, Criminal directed by Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt.

Television career
Lever’s first appeared in an episode of sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke as Johnny Utolandand in 1993. Lever also appeared on Zee TV in his own show, Johny Aala Re. In 2007, he appeared as a judge on the stand-up reality show Comedy Circus.[19] In 2017 Lever joined the cast of Partners as Commissioner Google Chatterjee.

He is the president of MAAM (Mimicry Artist Association Mumbai), and has done thousands of live shows all over the world.

Johnny Lever Films List

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Dard Ka RishtaJoseph
1986Love 86Uttam
Main Balwaan
1987JalwaMuthu (The Masseur)
1988Ghar Main Ram Gali Main ShyamSrivastav’s Servant
Kasam
HatyaBlacksmith
Aakhri AdalatHavaldar
Hero HiralalPolice constable
TezaabKainchi choot
1989Suryaa
Ilaaka
MujrimShankar’s PA
JaadugarNilkant
Kala BazarKutti Chai Walla
ChaalBaazJohny Baba TantrikSpecial appearance
Main Azaad HoonProtesterUncredited
1990Kafan
KhatarnakPolice inspectorMarathi Film
Majboor
Bandh DarwazaSpecial appearance
Kishen KanhaiyaLobo
Raeeszada
1991Ajooba Kudrat Ka
Vishnu-DevaaHavaldar No. 1
NarsimhaTempo Dada
1992Jungle Ka Beta
Geet Milan Ke Gaate Rehenge
KhiladiAnna Pillai
HumlaShiva’s Friend
ChamatkarCricket Commentator
1993Insaniyat Ke DevtaMuthuswamy
Teri Payal Meree Geet
YugandharBala
Aasoo Bane Angaarey
AnariBablu
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka RajaSub Inspector Rang Birangi
AnmolHimselfSpecial appearance
SantaanKalia
BaazigarBabulalNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Aulad Ke DushmanJohny
Bhagyawan
GameJaggu
1994Masti
Mahakaal
Zamane Se Kya Darna
KanoonLakhiya
AnjaamChampa Chameli
Saajan Ka Ghar
Ekka Raja RaniGuruji (Dance master)
JuaariSalim Tension
Prem Yog
Main Khiladi Tu AnariDhansukh
CriminalSpecial appearance
Yaar GaddarPolice Inspector
Mr. Azaad
1995Inteqam Ke Sholey
Dilbar
Karan ArjunLinghaiyyaNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Rock DancerPolice Inspector
Ram ShastraReporter Raja
HaqeeqatTony
1996JaanDamru
Himmatwar
HahakarChamcha
DaraarHari
BhishmaNatwar
SapootDeva
Raja HindustaniBalvant SinghWon- Screen Award for Best ComedianNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
JeetPiajee
Dushman Duniya KaHeadmaster
1997JodidarAgarbatti / Pens / Bangles / Sarees salesman
Daayen
GhunghatPandit Vishwanat
JudaaiHiralalNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
AuzaarPeter
KaaliaKhan Dada
Himalay PutraJoe
Agni Morcha
KoylaShanker’s Friend
Do Ankhen Barah HathRickshaw Walla
Yes BossMadhav Advani, aka MAD
Judge MujrimHavaldar Amar Lokhande, Akbar Charsi, Anthony Bhai & Mother
Krishna ArjunRocky
Mr. and Mrs. KhiladiBandaged patient on street
Deewana MastanaGhafoorWon- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
IshqRanjit’s brother-in-law
1998Barsaat Ki Raat
Yeh Aashiqui Meri
Miss 420Tony Fernandes
Do numbriDamru
Ustadon Ke Ustad
Aakrosh: Cyclone of AngerGopi
Keemat: They Are BackSub-Inspector Ultappan/Kirappan
Aunty No. 1
Jiyaala
MardBindas
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota HaiMahesh
AchanakJoni/Moni/Toni Kapoor
Dulhe RajaBankhey (Hotel Manager)Won- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
KareebBighe Laal
Iski Topi Uske SarGabbar Singh/Mogamba/John Lobo
BaroodPresenter
Tirchhi TopiwaleKadak K. Pillay
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiCol. Almeida, Camp ManagerNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
SoldierMohan/Sohan
WajoodInspector Rahim Khan
1999Heeralal PannalalHeeralal (Double role)
Ganga Ki Kasam
Dulhan Banoo Main TeriJack
MunnibaiKammal Khan
BenaamMunna Mobile
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte HainSunny Goyal
Daag-The FireSundar
LaawarisGaflet
International KhiladiFocus
Anari No. 1Daler MehndiNominated – Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Silsila Hai Pyar KaJohny
Sirf TumNiranjan
BaadshahRamlal
Hello BrotherHavaldar Hatella
Hum Tum Pe Marte HainSattu
KhoobsuratNatwarGuest Appearance
JaanwarBajrangi
2000KrodhPrem
Jwalamukhi
Hadh Kar Di AapneFather/Son Lawyer Team
Tera Jadoo Chal GayaaMaggi
Meri Jung Ka Elaan
Beti No. 1Mulayamchand ‘Mullu’
Kaali Topi Laal RumaalNanhey
KunwaraGopalNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
MelaInspector Pakkad Singh
Kaho Naa Pyaar HaiInspector ParabSpecial appearance
Dulhan Hum Le JayengeTour Manager Chirkund
Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniPappu JuniorNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
BadalGulel Singh Rangoli
Dil Hi Dil MeinCollege Professor JackHindi dubbed version
Hum To Mohabbat KaregaKutti
Joru Ka GhulamKanhaiya
DeewaneOkay
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas HaiChatterjee
FizaLaughing Club Comic
ShikariJafrani Sindhi Businessman
AaghaazRajni Deva
Raju ChachaJaddu
2001FarzInformer named ‘Taxi’
Aashiq
Chori Chori Chupke ChupkePappu Bhai
CensorVikramjeet’s First Assistant
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi KaregaAslam BhaiWon- Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role
Lajja
NayakTV Cameraman Topi
AjnabeeBanu Pradhan (B.P.)Nominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Dial 100
AsokaMagadha Soldier
Arjun Devaa
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie GhamHaldiramextended special appearance
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha RupaiyaaAppu Khote
2002Ankhiyon Se Goli MaareSubramaniam
Yeh Dil Aashiqanaa
Yeh Mohabbat HaiJaggi
Tumko Na Bhool PaayengePakhandee Baba
Angaar – The Fire
Badmash No. 1
Pyaar Diwana Hota HaiParesh Chaval (Painter)
Awara Paagal DeewanaChhota Chhatri
HumraazMr. DarshanNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award (extended guest appearance)
Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi KahaniParwana
Yeh Kaisi MohabbatPaajal
AnnarthBen Bose, Music Director
Kehta Hai Dil Baar BaarNatwar
Karz – The Burden of TruthJuggi
Chalo Ishq Ladaaye
2003Kucch To HaiPopatlal
KhushiMilestone
Kaash Aap Hamare HoteNative Indian Black Face
Indian BabuMr. Patel/Principal “Patel Bond 008”Special appearance
Kaise Kahoon Ke Pyaar HaiSandwich
AndaazG. I. Joe
Chalte ChalteNandu (The Roadside Drunkard)
Main Prem Ki Diwani HoonJohnny
Aisaa Kyon
Koi Mil GayaChelaram SukhwaniNominated- Filmfare Best Comedian Award
Market
JanasheenJohnny Chen
2004God Only Knows!Road Babe
Hatya: The MurderPaid Mourner
Aabra Ka DaabraManeklal
2005Meri Biwi Ka Jawab NahinChitra Gupta
Padmashree Laloo Prasad YadavYadav
Navra Maza NavsachaMarathi Film
Khullam Khulla Pyaar KarenPashabhai
Deewane Huye PaagalMurgan
2006Aisa Kyon Hota Hai?
Banana Brothers
Saawan… The Love SeasonAkhil Rao
36 China TownKK
Phir Hera PheriMunna
Chashmebahadur
Sandwich
2007Fool n FinalPuttu Pilot
2008Thela No. 501
RaceMax (The marriage bureau chief)Special appearance
Khallbali: Fun Unlimited
Nidar – The Fearless
Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin
Mr Tikdambaaz
Paying GuestsBallu Ji
2009Dhoondte Reh JaaogeParvej Asharraf ‘Champa’/Daku Rabbar Singh
All the Best: Fun BeginsTobu
Aao Wish KareinHitchchock
De Dana DanKala Krishna Murari
2010Dulha Mil GayaKrish
Bhavnaon Ko SamjhoVivaah Marriage Bureau
Prem Kaa GameRamnik Chedda
Khatta MeethaAnshuman
Golmaal 3Pappi Bhai
2011Love Mein GhumSukhiaPakistani film
Yamla Pagla DeewanaJeweller
Anbirkku AlavillaiJohnny BhaiTamil film
Masti Express
Bin Bulaye BaraatiSajjan Singh
Tell Me O KhudaPandurang P.
2012PlayersMC
Chaar Din Ki ChandniPaan Singh
Housefull 2Vishwas Patil
Deewana Main DeewanaHusband
Khiladi 786Inspector Bhalerao Kambli
Savior
2013Yamla Pagla Deewana 2Bunty
BossZorawar Singh
Singh Saab the GreatGulwinder
2014EntertainmentHabibulla
My Father GodfatherDirector (Special Appearance)Television & YouTube short film
RangGuest RoleTulu film
2015DilwaleMani Bhai
2016Santa Banta Pvt LtdChooza
2017MachineDarpan Gopal
Pappa Tamne Nahi SamjaayGujarati Film
Judwaa 2Pappu Passport
Golmaal AgainPappi Bhai
2018GaraTBAKannada Film
2019Total DhamaalRaju
Housefull 4Winston Churchgate
2020Coolie No.1Inspector Jagjit Godbole

Playback singer

YearTitleSongNotes
1989Chaalbaaz“Bhoot Raja”
1995Ravan Raaj“Tu Cheez Badi Hai Sakht Sakht”
1998Achanak

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Zabaan SambhalkeJohnny UtolandandEpisode 29
2006Johny Aala ReHost/presenter
2007Comedy CircusHimself (Judge)
2017–2018Partners Trouble Ho Gayi DoubleGogol Chatterjee/Khabri MurgaiDouble role

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
1994Best Performance in a Comic RoleBaazigarNominated
1996Karan ArjunNominated
1997Raja HindustaniNominated
1998Deewana MastanaWon
JudaaiNominated
1999Dulhe RajaWon
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiNominated
2000Anari No.1Nominated
2001KunwaraNominated
Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniNominated
2002AjnabeeNominated
2003HumraazNominated
2004Koi… Mil GayaNominated

IIFA Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
2001Best Performance in a Comic RolePhir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniNominated
2001AjnabeeNominated
Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniNominated
2010De Dana DanNominated
2011Koi… Mil GayaNominated

Indian Television Academy Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
2018Best Actor – ComedyPartners Trouble Ho Gayi DoubleNominated

Producers Guild Film Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
2018Best Actor in a Comic RoleHousefull 2Nominated

Screen Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
1997Best ComedianRaja HindustaniWon
2001AjnabeeNominated
2003Awara Paagal DeewanaNominated
2004Golmaal 3Nominated

Zee Cine Awards

YearCategoryWorkResult
2002Best Actor in a Comic RoleLove Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi KaregaWon
2004Koi… Mil GayaNominated

Johnny Lever Net Worth

Net Worth:$30 Million
Date of Birth:Aug 14, 1957 (63 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Profession:Comedian, Actor

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