John Prakash Rao Janumala is the actual name of the Indian actor and comedian Johnny Lever. He was given this name by the officials from HUL at a party
The 63-year actor led a life of poverty in the first half growing up in the small, dark rooms of Dharavi; earning from odd jobs like selling pens in the streets of Mumbai, working in hotels and side by side mimicking actors.
Johnny Lever is from a Telugu Christian Family. His mother’s name is Karunamma Janumala and father’s name is Prakash Rao Janumala, he used to be an operator in Hindustan Lever Ltd (HUL). Lever has three younger sisters and two younger brothers; one of them is Jimmy Moses (playback singer, comedian and actor).
|Full Name||John Prakash Rao Janumala|
|Nick Name||Johnny Lever|
|Date of Birth||14 August 1957|
|Birthplace||Kanigiri, Prakasam , Andhra Pradesh|
|Hometown||Kanigiri, Prakasam , Andhra Pradesh, India|
|School||Andhra Education Society English High School|
|Education Qualification||7th standard|
|Height (approx)||in centimetres- 165 cm|
in meter- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’5”
Family, Parents, Siblings
Johnny Lever worked at HUL for 6 years and had to quit in 1981 to focus on stage performances. He started to perform stand-up-comedy and later joined the Kalyanji-Anandji, music group. He was offered Dard Ka Rishta by Sunil Dutt. His debut Bollywood film was Tum Par Hum Qurbaan (1985), his Telugu debut film was Criminal (1995) directed by Mahesh Bhatt, his debut Tamil film was Anbirkku Alavillai and his debut in television was with Zabaan Sambhalke (1993). His most praised performance was in Baazigar (1993) in the character of Babulal. With Hasi ke Hangame, he became a household name. His own television show was Johny Aala Re (2007, Zee Tv).
He is the president of Mimicry Artist Association Mumbai (MAAM). He has a proud record of acting in 350+ films (mostly hits) which includes Karan Arjun, Raja Hindustani, Deewana Mastana, Dulhe Raja, Main Prem ki Dewaani Hoon, Phir Hera Pheri, Boss, Entertainment, Golmaal Again, Housefull 4, Coolie No. 1, etc.
Few of his achievements are enlisted below:
- In 1997, Johnny Lever won the Star Screen Award for Best Comedian.
- He received 13 Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role.
- He received ZEE Cine Award for the Best Actor in a Comic Role for Love Ke Liye Kucch Bhi Karega.
Few of his favourite things are listed below:
- The Kalyanji- Anandji duo.
- Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
- Charlie Chaplin.
|Net worth (approx)||227 crores INR|
Johnny Lever is one of the first and finest stand-up comedians in the country. The 13-year old Johnny decided not to end his life instead break all shackles and shine brighter in life.