: अरुण गोविल, Urdu
: اَرُن گوِّل) (born 12 January 1958) is an award-winning Indian
actor, producer and director. He has acted in various Hindi
movies. He is best known for playing Rama
in Ramanand Sagar
's hit television series Ramayan
Arun Govil was born in Ramnagar near Meerut
, Uttar Pradesh
. He got his formal education at Meerut University
, where he acted in some plays. 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 Bombay
to start his own business there. He later found his way into acting.
Arun Govil is the youngest of four brothers, one of whom is married to Tabassum, a former child actress. His father was a government officer. Govil is married to actress Shrilekha, with whom he has a son and a daughter.
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 Shri Kumar Swami Brahmarishi who is known for blessing people with "beej mantra
s" (secret incantations) to help them with their problems and cure their illnesses.
Arun Govil got his first break in Indian cinema
in the 1977 film Paheli
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