Vinay Pathak

12 July 1968 | Cancer



Vinay Pathak

Stepping into the industry with the immensely popular Hip Hip Hurrey, Vinay found his share of fame with the comedy Khosla ka Ghosla and has impressed critics with his versatile roles ever since.

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17 January 2003Jism
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Spot-boy turned director

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He also hosted Channel V's show, OYE with Ranvir Shorey. The duo also hosted shows like Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun?, Duniya Goal Hai and Cricket Crazy. Vinay Pathak’s first mainstream Bollywood role was in Bombay Boys(1998), which went unnoticed. The same year he also did a cameo in Deepa Mehta’s Fire, which ran into controversy. In 1999, Vinay Pathak did a supporting role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. This was followed by a role in Salman Khan-starrer Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (2000). Thereafter, he did supporting roles in Jism (2003) and Murder Unveiled (2005), before landing one of the lead roles in Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006). Playing a scheming property dealer with aplomb, Vinay Pathak was as much a reason for the film’s success as any other. The upswing in the career graph continued with Bheja Fry in 2007, in which Vinay Pathak played a deluded bumpkin. Bheja Fry earned him the Star Guild Award for the best actor in a comic role. The movie became one of the independent hits of the year. He then appeared in Madhuri’s comeback film, Aaja Nachle (2007) and Johnny Gaddar (2007). Vinay Pathak continued to act in commendable independent efforts like Manorama Six Feet Under (2008) and Mithya (2008). His next high profile role was in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), in which he played Shah Rukh Khan’s sidekick. His role won him a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2008, he turned producer with Dasvidaniya, which he also directed. He portrayed the role of a dying man, in this film, who is trying to say his goodbyes before he meets his end. He was then cast in My Name Is Khan (2010), soon to be followed by a role in The Film Emotional Atyachar (2010). In 2011, Vinay Pathak reprised his role in Bheja Fry 2. Pathak also starred in films like Chalo Dilli (2011), Pappu Can’t Dance Saala (2011), Bajatey Raho (2013) and Badlapur (2015). His latest film as the lead is Ananth Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan, where he plays an Odia freedom fighter who is on a mission to get his freedom fighter’s certificate from the Government. The film, which also stars Ranvir Shorey, Konkona Sen Sharma and Rajit Kapur, follows the man’s struggle of 32 years for this certificate. Vinay Pathak is married to Sonika Sahay and they have two daughters.

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