Star of the week - RAJ BABBAR


DOB: 23 June, 1952
Star sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agra, Uttar Pradesh,India
Occupation: Actor and politician


• Raj has been nominated for Filmfare Best Actor award two times, Best Supporting Actor award one time and Best Villian award two times throughout his career.

• He belongs to Indian National Congress and is the current President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.

Interesting facts:

• Raj Babbar did his initial schooling from Faiz-E-Aam Inter college, Agra. He is an alumnus of the 1975 class of the National School of Drama. He trained in the Method school of acting at NSD after which he moved to Mumbai and started his film career with Reena Roy, one of the well-known actresses of that time.

• He gained fame for the movie Insaaf Ka Taraazu, in which he portrayed a rapist, who assaults the heroine (Zeenat Aman), and later her sister, and in the end, gets shot for his deeds.

• Simultaneously, he also achieved success in Punjabi cinema, as he gave remarkable performances in Chann Pardesi (1980), Marhi Da Deeva (1989), and Long Da Lishkara (1986) – three art house movies with serious themes treated in a realistic manner.

• Raj has also acted in television. He appeared in the introductory episodes of the famous Indian TV series Mahabharat (1988), as king Bharat, Bahadur Shah Zafar (1986), as Akbar, alongside the then debutant Juhi Chawla, and also in his home production series Maharaja Ranjit Singh (2010).

• Raj entered politics in 1989. He has been elected as Member of Parliament of India three times.

• He married Nadira Zaheer, daughter of noted theatre personality Sajjad Zaheer. They have two children, Arya and Juhi, who are actors. The actor then married actress Smita Patil who died from childbirth complications giving birth to their son Prateik Babbar.

• Raj launched his own home production; Babbar Films Pvt. Ltd. along with his brother Kishan. Under this, he has produced two feature films, Karm Yodha (1992) and Kaash Aap Hamare Hote (2003), and the serial Maharaja Ranjit Singh.