Paresh Rawal (born 30 May 1955) is an Indian film actor, thespian, comedian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood. Following the 2014 Indian general election, he is a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and English languages fluently. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir. For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.