John Prakasa Rao Janumala
famously known as Johnny Lever
(; born 7 January 1950, in Ossalapalle, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian
film actor and comedian. He was born to Prakash Rao Janumala and Karunamma Janumala and brought up in Mumbai
. He started his career in 1984 and has acted in over 350 Bollywood
films. He has received 13 Filmfare awards
nominations in Best Comedian Category
and has won the award twice.
Johnny Lever was born in a Telugu Christian
family and was brought up in Mumbai in King's Circle, Dharavi. Johnny studied in Andhra Telugu School till the seventh grade but couldn't study further because of financial problems in his family. After which he decided to leave school and started working at a very young age. He did all kinds of work, for example selling pens on the streets of Bombay in a special way of imitating Bollywood
stars. He also danced on the songs of Bollywood stars. Hence he developed a passion for mimicry and stand-up comedy, inspired by watching comedians like Johnny Walker
, Kishore Kumar
and Mehmood in films and mimicry artists like Dinesh Hingoo on stage. He then decided to be a mimicry artist. To seek guidance and help regarding mimicry he met his mentor Pratap Jani and mimicry artist Ram Kumar, who helped him and taught him the basics of mimicry.
Johnny also used to work as an employee in Hindustan Lever's factory in Mumbai with his father. While working he also used to entertain his co-workers in the factory by... Read More