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John Prakasa Rao Janumala famously known as Johny Lever (Hindi: 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


Personal life

He is married to Sujatha and has two children, a daughter Jamie and a son Jesse.


Television career

Lever also appeared on Zee TV, in his own show called Johny Aala Re. In 2007, he appeared as a judge on the stand-up reality show Comedy Circus.

He is also the president of CINTAA (Cine And T.V. Artist Association) which presents its own mega television show called Superstars ka Jalwa on Star Plus, every Sunday. He is also the president of MAAM (Mimicry Artist Association Mumbai). He has done thousands of live shows all over the world. His younger brother Jimmy Moses, is also a stand-up c



In 1998, Lever was convicted and sentenced for disrespecting the Indian National Anthem, constitution and the flag at a private function hosted by Anis Ibrahim. However all charges against him were dropped and he was sent home within one day.



  • 1997: Star Screen Award for Best Comedian: Raja Hindustani
  • 1998: Filmfare Best Comedian Award: Deewana Mastana
  • 1999: Filmfare Best Comedian Award: Dulhe Raja
  • 2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role: Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega


  • Ek Nai Paheli (29 June 1984)
  • Tum Par Hum Quarban (1985)
  • Love 86 (14 February 1986) Uttam
  • Main Balwan (28 November 1986)
  • Jalwa (1987) Muthu (The Masseur)
  • Ghar Mei Ram Gali Mein Shyam (15 January 1988) Srivastav's Servant
  • Kasam (15 April 1988)
  • Hatya (3 June 1988)
  • Aakhri Adalat (10 June 1988) Havaldar
  • Hero Hiralal (21 October 1988)
  • Tezaab (10 November 1988) Kainchi
  • Suryaa (10 February 1989)
  • Ilaaka (12 May 1989)


  • Barsaat Ki Raat (1998)
  • Yeh Aashiqui Meri (16 January 1998)
  • Miss 420 (23 January 1998) Tony Fernandes
  • Ustadon Ke Ustad (20 March 1998)
  • Aakrosh: Cyclone Of Anger (3 April 1998) Gopi
  • Keemat: They Are Back (10 April 1998) Sub-Inspector Ultappan
  • Aunty No. 1 (1 May 1998)
  • Jiyaala (1 May 1998)
  • Mard (15 May 1998)
  • Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai (22 May 1998) Mahesh
  • Achanak (12 June 1998) Johny
  • Dulhe Raja (10 July 1998) Bankhey (Hotel Man
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