Ravi Baswani

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Ravi Baswani
Born(1946-09-29)29 September 1946
Died27 July 2010(2010-07-27) (aged 63)
Years active1981–2006

Ravi Baswani (29 September 1946 – 27 July 2010) was a well-known Indian film actor, most famous for his role in Sai Paranjpe's Chashme Buddoor (1981) and Kundan Shah's cult comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), for which he won Filmfare Best Comedian Award in 1984.[1] He was noted for his comic timing and underplaying a character in the true sense of the word. In a career spanning 30 years he acted in some 30 films. He died in Haldwani, on his way to Delhi from Nainital, to where he had travelled to scout for locations for his upcoming debut directorial feature film.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Ravi Baswani was born and brought up in a Jat family in Delhi. He did his schooling from St. George's College, Mussoorie and his graduation from Kirori Mal College (KMC), Delhi University, where he was part of the KMC dramatic society.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

Baswani started his career in 1981 with Chashme Buddoor and did many successful films as a comedian and/or as a character artist. He also appeared many times on Indian television. He went on to work in films like the cult Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Chhota Chetan, Ab Aayega Maza and Naseeruddin Shah's first directorial venture, Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota. As a television actor, he acted in numerous TV serials, including, the popular comedy serial, Idhar Udhar on Doordarshan in the 1980s, wherein he acted alongside Pathak sisters, Supriya Pathak and Ratna Pathak.[5] He was then seen in character roles in films like Bunty Aur Babli and Pyar Tune Kya Kiya.[6] In 2004, when Film and Television Institute of India, Pune revived its acting course after 26 years, he became its coordinator and a teacher, along with Naseeruddin Shah, who also redesigned the course. Baswani however resigned the following year.[7][8]

Death[edit | edit source]

Baswani died following a massive heart attack on 27 July 2010 in Haldwani (Distt. Nainital). He was returning from Nainital to Delhi, where he had to hunt for locations for his directorial debut film, set in the hills. He never married.[6][9]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 Monsoon Baba
Anthony Kaun Hai? Dr. Lashwani
Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota Papaji
2005 The Film Film-maker Kanti Gulati
Bunty Aur Babli B.B.'s first victim
Lucky: No Time for Love Mr. Negi
It Could Be You Dhillon Sr
2001 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Vispy – Jai's boss
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Waitor
1998 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Orphanage manager
Chhota Chetan Raja
Ghar Bazar Movie actor Uncredited
1996 Return of Jewel Thief Trikal Trivedi
1994 Laadla Ravi
1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Albert Sullivan
Raunak Ravi
1992 Jaan Tere Naam Hotel Employee
1990 Triyatri Surya's father
1987 Zevar Sundeep
1986 Peechha_Karo Hari Harihara
Ghar Sansar Banwari
Love_86 Havaldar Pandu
Main Balwan Dhillon Sr
1985 Agnidaah
1985 Sultan Ka Kukdoo Ku Ricksaw Puller
1984 Ab Ayega Mazaa Suresh 'Sidey'
1983 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Sudhir Mishra
Dhat Tere... Ki Madhukar Sharma (Maddy)
1981 Chashme Buddoor Jai Lakhanpal alias Jomo

Television[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "RIP: Ravi Baswani". Pune Mirror. 28 July 2010. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. "'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro' actor Ravi Baswani dead". CNN-IBN. 27 July 2010.
  3. Dubey, Bharati (28 July 2010). "The final shot: Actor Baswani succumbs to heart attack". The Times of India.
  4. "Little Known Facts/Miscellany to surprise you...ABOUT ME".
  5. "Long Run". Screen. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dubey, Bharati (28 July 2010). "'Jaane bhi' star, Baswani, dies of a heart attack". The Times of India.
  7. "FTII revives acting course after 26 years PTI,". The Times of India. 12 July 2004.
  8. Shete, Monirupa (2 May 2005). "Playing truant in college?". The Times of India.
  9. "Jaane bhi do Yaaron famed actor Ravi Baswani dead – Hindustan Times". www.hindustantimes.com. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.

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