The most difficult genre of acting is comedy and the one expert in it ,is none other than Johnny Lever. What say about him , he is the most talented actor and most noted comedians in Hindi cinema. He is the first stand-up comedians in India. Lever was nominated 13 times for Filmfare Awards for Best Performance in Comic Role and has won the award twice, for his work in Deewana Mastana (1997) and Dulhe Raja (1998). He began his career in 1984, and has acted in more than three hundred Bollywood films
Let’s have a look at some of the facts about the star:
# 1 Personal Life
Johnny pursued his studies in Andhra Education Society English High School . He studied till 7th grade because of the financial issues . When he was in need , Johnny started to sell pens on the streets by dancing on popular tracks and imitating the Bollywood actors.
# 2 Initial days of Learning
Johnny spent many years in an old city of Hyderabad called Yakutpura . It was a game changer in his career as Johny learnt the local language and originated a different style of acting in comic genre.
# 3 Reason Behind surname ‘Lever’.
Johnny’s real name is John Prakasa Rao Janumala. Johnny worked in Hindustan Lever Factory with his father. Apart from working, he imitated an American Singer, Elvis Presley. Due to this skill, he was asked to perform at a function held by Hindustan Lever. It was the moment when his friends and seniors started calling him ‘Johnny Lever.’
# 4 An Amazing Artist
Johnny began performing musical shows. This led him to good popularity. He then joined the group of Kalyanji-Anandji, the great music director duo. Johnny felt blessed and worked relentlessly to achieve his goals. Feelings of failure were slowly fading from Johnny’s life, but the struggle continued for a while.
# 5 First Album Released
It was during 1980s when Johnny released his mimicry and comedy album, Hansee Ke Hungame. The album was a major hit globally and it took this amazing man to another level of recognition.
# 6 Break in Movie
Johnny performed various shows with the music director duo, Kalyanji-Anandji. He felt blessed to have been given the opportunity for touring with Amitabh Bachchan in 1982. In the midst of his struggle, veteran actor Sunil Dutt noticed his hardships and talent; he offered Johnny his first movie, Dard Ka Rishta.
# 7 A Successful Star
Johnny’s real talent was appreciated in the movie Baazigar, which was directed by Abbas-Mustan.It proved to be a blockbuster at the box office. After this movie, he was chosen for almost every alternate movie as a supporting actor or comedian. Despite a handful of movies, Johnny continued to perform live shows. By this time, Johnny was at the peak of his career.
# 8 A Committed Man and a Lovely Father
Johnny got married to a beautiful lady, Sujatha and has two children out of their wedlock. His daughter, Jamie Lever is also a standup comedian and she appeared in Kapil Sharma’s movie, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon as one of the lead actresses. Johnny couldn’t complete his studies, but he got his daughter educated as Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster, London. That’s commendable!
# 9 A Brave Personality
Johnny’s son, Jesse was only 10 when he was detected with tumour. Despite all the struggles in his life, Johnny kept smiling and made others laugh. However, this one incident took away comedy from Johnny’s life. He left comedy and did only one movie and one show a year. In one of the interviews Johnny expressed his helplessness by saying, “It was God’s will. I had always been a religious person, but one incident changed my life. My son was diagnosed with cancer. I was helpless and turned to God for help. I stopped working in films and spent all my time praying for him. Ten days later, when he was taken for a test, the doctors were surprised because the cancer had vanished. It was the beginning of a new life for me.”
# 10 A Religious Man
After his son’s miraculous results of cancer, Johnny became extremely religious. He was born in a Roman Catholic family, but never read the Bible. However, after this major change in his life, he started believing in the almighty and read the Bible completely. He admitted that he is not really a holy person, but something drags him to god for prayers as he strongly believes in him now.
# 11 Great Career
Johnny has acted in more than 300 movies.Some of the superhit movies of Lever are : Golmaal Again, Housefull series, Dilwale , Total Dhamaal and many more.