Paresh Rawal has been appointed Chairperson of the National School of Drama (NSD), the country’s premier institute for theatre students, in Delhi.
“Renowned artiste Paresh Rawal has been appointed as Chairman of National School of Drama by Rashtrapati Bhavan. I am glad that students and artistes will be able to take advantage of his talent. I congratulate him,” Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of Culture, tweeted.
प्रख्यात कलाकार मा @SirPareshRawal जी को महामहिम @rashtrapatibhvn द्वारा @nsd_india का अध्यक्ष नियुक्त किया है।उनकी प्रतिभा का लाभ देश के कलाकारों एवं छात्रों को मिलेगा ।हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ @PMOIndia @JPNadda @incredibleindia @tourismgoi @MinOfCultureGoI @BJP4India @BJP4MP pic.twitter.com/ONdM2sB3g0
— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) September 10, 2020
Rawal is one of the few actors who have stayed active in theatre even after becoming a prominent name in films. His productions such as Krishan vs Kanhaiyaa and the Gujarati play Dear Father have been performed before housefull audiences.
“I have performed at NSD’s festival of theatre, the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and am looking forward to my new role as Chairperson,” he said.
In films, his notable performances include Hera Pheri and OMG-Oh My God. Rawal won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 and was honoured with a Padma Shri in 2014.
Rawal started his showbiz career in 1982 with the Gujarati movie Naseeb Ni Balihari. He was later seen in films like Bhagwaan Dada, Naam, Khatron Ke Khiladi, Ram Lakhan and Swarg. Some of his more acclaimed works include King Uncle, Damini, Sir, Woh Chokri, Andaz Apna Apna, Mohra, Chachi 420, Hera Pheri, Aankhen, Sanju and Uri: The Surgical Strike.
Heartiest congratulations to the renowned Indian film actor and National Award winner @SirPareshRawal for his appointment as the chairman of @nsd_india. Under his able leadership, NSD will certainly reach to the new heights. pic.twitter.com/QR3ksVtyNZ
— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) September 10, 2020
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Rawal won the Ahmedabad East seat by over 3.25 lakh votes as a BJP candidate.