Johnny Lever, who is called Bollywood’s first stand-up comedian, has turned 64 today. Today, the actor has left a mark of excellent performance in more than 350 films, for which he has received nominations at the Filmfare Awards 13 times. Although few people know that comedian and actor Johnny’s childhood was spent in many struggles. Today, on the special occasion of his birthday, let’s know how was Johnny’s journey from floor to floor-
Johnny Lever aka Johnny Prakash was born on 14 August 1957 in a Christian-Tamil family in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh. Johnny had two brothers and three sisters, of whom he was the eldest. The actor’s childhood passed in poverty, due to which he could get education only till 7th standard. After this, Johnny started selling pens in the streets to help the family financially. While selling pens, Johnny used to imitate big film stars, due to which people were attracted towards him. For this work, he used to get 5 rupees every day, which was very high according to that time.
Johnny’s father Prakash Rao Janmula was a worker in the Hindustan Lever Factory in Mumbai. On his behest, Johnny also got a job there. Here they had to lift heavy drums of 100 kg. At the same time, Johnny used to do mimicry to entertain his colleagues, due to which all the factory people started calling him by the name Johnny Lever.
Johnny became so adept at mimicry that he was called for stage shows. Even in the parties around the house, Johnny used to entertain the audience by doing mimicry, for which he used to get money.
During one such stage show, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt caught sight of him and gave Johnny the role of Joseph in Dard Ka Rishta in 1989. After this film, he started getting big offers continuously. Actor has done criminal, black market, trickster, acid, player, tears become embers, coal, juggler, Anjaam, Karan Arjun, Raja Hindustani, Yes Boss, Aunt No 1, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Dulhe, Raja, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, He has left a deep impression with his acting in hundreds of films like Koi Mil Gaya, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Anari, Badshah.
The year 2000 was the year of Johnny’s career in which not one but 25 of his films were released. These include hits like Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Hum Tumpe Marte Hain, Had Kar Di Aapne, Kunwara, Animal, Mela, Badal, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Fiza, Raju Chara and Joru Ka Ghulam.
Johnny Lever had to stay behind bars for 7 days in the year 1998. He was accused of insulting the tricolour, though he was later acquitted. From 1986 till date, there has not been any year in which no film of Johnny Lever has been released. The actor was last seen in Coolie No One with Sara Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan.