What is the real name of Johnny Lever?

What is the real name of Johnny Lever?

Updated May 11, 2018 | 11:59 IST | Zoom TV Digital

Johnny Lever is a name that kindles a smile in all of us. The actor has given us some of the best comedy movies and has made us laugh innumerable times. He has set a benchmark for comic timing and one-liners, which is surely not easy for his successors to achieve. But, ever wondered how Johnny got the unique surname, Lever’? Read on to know how.

Superstar of comedy, Johny Lever
Superstar of comedy, Johny Lever  |  Photo Credit: Facebook

The real name of Johnny Lever is John Rao Prakash Rao Janumala.

Ever wondered how Johnny got ‘Lever’ as his surname? The iconic Bollywood comedian’s real name is John Rao Prakash Rao Janumala. He was named as Johnny Lever after giving a highly entertaining stand-up comedy performance at the Hindustan Lever’s function. The actor continued with the same name when he ventured into Bollywood.

Born on August 14, 1957, the actor established a space for himself in the industry as a sidekick comedian. The funny expressions and his perfect comic timing are some of the distinct skills that put him on a higher pedestal than most other comedians. The 60-year-old actor has performed in over 350 films and is an amazing mimicry artist. From Big B to King Khan, Johnny has mimicked them all and that too quite efficiently.

We have compiled an interesting list of Johnny Lever’s iconic songs, comedy scenes and a candid chat with him. Take a look.

Johnny won the Star Screen Award for Best Comedian in 1997. Later, his supporting roles in movies like Deewana Mastana and Dulhe Raja enabled him to win the Filmfare Best Comedian Award in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Out of the multitude hits films that he has worked in, some top names are Baazigar, Judai, Phir Hera Pheri, Tezaab, Ishq, Golmaal 3, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Aanari No. 1, Yes Boss, Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, the list is endless.  He started off as a stand-up comedian in musical shows and still does live shows with his daughter, Jamie Lever. The duo has performed in numerous shows and enthralled the audience with their funny anecdotes.

Johnny was last seen in Golmaal Again as the character, Pappi Bhai.

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