Arun Govil in 2009
|Born|| January 12, 1958 (age 55)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
Arun Govil (born 12 January 1958) is an award-winning Indian actor, producer and director. He has acted in various Hindi, Bhojpuri, Oriya and Telugu movies. He is best known for playing Rama in Ramanand Sagar's hit television series Ramayan (1986).
Arun Govil was born in Ramnagar near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He got his formal education at Meerut University, where he acted in some plays. He spend his teenage life in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh .His father wanted him to become a government servant while Arun wanted to do something for which he would be remembered. In 1975, at the young age of 17, he moved to Mumbai to start his own business there. He later found his way into acting.
Arun Govil is the fourth of six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Vijay Govil is married to Tabassum, a former child actress and the host of the first Bollywood Celebrity talk show on Doordarshan Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan which continued for 21 years. His nephew is Film and TV actor Hoshang Govil (Son of Vijay and Tabassum Govil).His father Shri Chandra Prakash Govil was a government officer. Govil is married to actress Shrilekha, with whom he has a son and a daughter. He is currently working in a Bollywood movie.
Arun Govil describes himself as "not particularly religious" and says when he was a child he would attend Ram-lila plays to please his religious mother. He currently serves as the president of Lakshmi Narayan Dham, an organization that works under His Holiness 'Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami' who is known for blessing people with "beej mantra's" (secret incantations) to help them with their problems and cure their illnesses.According to Arun Govil, his journey from 'not particularly religious' to a God loving person, was really interesting, and today he is happy serving the society. He adds that he's enjoying the spiritual change, he is experiencing today, and feels peace and ecstasy in the same.
Arun Govil got his first break in Indian cinema in the 1977 film Paheli When he was introduced to Tarachand Barjatya by his sister in law Tabassum .He later starred in other films such as Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979), Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979), Ayaash (1982) and Itni Si Baat (1981).
Ramanand Sagar cast Govil as Vikramaditya in his television series Vikram Aur Betaal and Rama in his highly successful television series Ramayan, for which he won the Uptron Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" in 1988. His role as Rama provided great exposure to him and led to him being cast in other religious-based roles, including Harishchandra in Vishwamitra (TV series) and Buddha in TV series Buddha. Arun govil has worked in languages of almost all languages. He has worked in Oriya movies like Bidhira Bidhan (1989) and many Telugu movies like Edu Kondalaswamy (1991), Govindha Govindha (1993), and Great Robbery (1996). "Aa re Kaaliya" He has also got an opportunity to anchor show on lord Ram, "Jahan Jahan Ram charan chali jaahi"
He later set up a production company with his Ramayan co-star Sunil Lahiri. He produced and acted in Mashaal, a TV series based on the Indian independence movement. His wife Shrileikha acted and co-produced the show as well.
|1979||Sawan Ko Aane Do||Birju|
|Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin||Ajay S. Agarwal|
|Raadha Aur Seeta||Shekhar Verma|
|1980||Judaai||Umakant S. Verma|
|1981||Jiyo To Aise Jiyo||Kundan Sharma|
|Itni Si Baat||Anand|
|Jawalaa Dahej Ki|
|Justice Chaudhury||Inspector Ramesh Chaudhary|
|Kanoon Meri Mutthi Mein|
|Ram Tera Desh||Prakash|
|Do Dilon Ki Dastaan||Kamal|
|Baadal||Thakur Kiran Singh|
|1989||Bidhira Bidhan||Oriya film|
|1991||Edu Kondalaswamy||Lord Venkateswara||Telugu film|
|1993||Govindha Govindha||Lord Venkateswara||Telugu film|
|1995||Shanivrat Mahima||Bhagwan Indra/
|1995||Buk Bhara Bhalobasha||Bengali film|
|1996||Great Robbery||Lord Venkateswara||Telugu film|
|1997||Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law||Inspector Deodhar|
|Do Ankhen Barah Hath|
|Lav Kush||Shri Ram|
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