Anang Desai was born on May 4, 1953 at Ahmedabad. He is married to ‘
Chitra Desai’, who is a lawyer and has two sons. He went to ‘National School of Drama’, Delhi to hone his acting skills and graduated in 1978. He then, for the next 8 years, remained connected to institute’s Theater Company.
He started his acting career with his debut appearance in the Oscar winning Hollywood movie, ‘
Gandhi’. The movie was released in 1982, wherein he performed the role of ‘J.B Kriplani’. Since then, he had acted in around 85 Bollywood movies. He has performed almost all types of characters in his 3 decades of Bollywood career.
He has also been working for TV industry since 1987, when he appeared in the political TV series, ‘Raj Se Swaraj’. The next year, he did a few episodes of all time hit Tele series, ‘
Bharat Ek Khoj’ as ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy’ and as ‘Ibrahim Lodi’. This historical drama was aired during 1988, on Doordharshan or DD National, as it is currently known as. In his illustratious career, he had worked with top Indian directors including
Mahesh Bhatt and
Satish Kaushik among others. He has acted in more than eighty TV-shows so far. The last year, he was seen in a Psychological thriller ‘
Main Naa Bhoolungi’ as ‘Mahanto Jagannath’. The serial has been aired from Dec 2013 and recently been concluded during the month of Aug 2014 on Sony TV. Currently he is busy in doing a TV sitcom, titled, ‘
Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala’ where in he is performing the role of ‘Hasubai Mehta’. The show has started on 18th Aug 2014 and is running on SAB TV.
He won two Star Pariwar awards for the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ aka ‘
Babuji’ in the TV sitcom, ‘
Khichdi’. The serial was broadcasted from 2002 to 2004 on Star Plus. The second season was named as ‘
Instant Khichdi’ wherein he again donned the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ but this time the TV series was broadcasted on Star One (a sister channel of Star Plus) from 2005 to 2006. This was followed by the movie with the same name, ‘Khichdi: The Movie’ which was released during Oct 2010 and rated as average. In the movie, he again performed the role of ‘Tulsidas Parekh’ aka ‘Babuji’.
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Anang Desai is a renowned Indian film and television actor. He was born on May 4, 1953 in Ahmedabad, India. He was married to a lawyer, Chitra Desai and they have been blessed with two sons.
He entered the National School of Drama in
New Delhi and after that, Anang was associated with the repertory company of NSD for nearly 8 years and worked with the prominent theatre directors. His first film is the epic biographical English film, Gandhi where he played the role of Acharya Kripalani in 1982. His first appearance in television was from the serial, Raj Se Swaraj in year 1987. Anang already worked with some of the famous directors like Satish Kaushik, Shyam Benegal, Mahesh Bhatt and Subhash Ghai.
Anang has done several films in more than two decades of his career. He acted in films life Bharat Ek Khoj, Falak (The Sky), Parinda, Parinati, Aashiqui, Junoon, Gunaah, Dilwale, Dil Ka Doctor, Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate, Dahek: A Burning Passion and more. In 2001, he played as Lalit Kumar Malhorta in the Bollywood film, Yaadein then later, he acted in the horror film, Raaz by Mahesh Bhatt. Subsequently, he bagged different roles in various films including the popular ‘Khichdi: The Movie’ in 2010. His character as Ishwarbhai Patel in the Gujarati film, Kevi Rite Jaish in 2012 gained him the Best Supporting Actor award in the 12th Transmedia Awards.
Anang has done several television shows as well including the Hindi sitcom, Khichdi which was produced by UTV Software Communications. He played the role of Tulsidas Parekh or Babuji, who is the head of the family. Anang received two Star Parivar Awards for his excellent comedic performance in the show. He also acted in Rose Audiovisuals’
India Calling on STAR One. The actor also appeared in Lucky, Instant Khichdi, Alaxmi Ka Super Parivaar,
Sanskaar Laxmi, Kumkum, Who Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Don’t Worry Chachu, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Bombay Blue and the Dutch drama show ‘Das Mädchen Mit Dem Indischen Smaragd’. Anang played as the boss of Aditya (played by
Arjun Bijlani) on SAB TV’s Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyaar. He bagged a pivotal role in the television series, Hatim in 2013, where he essayed the role of a royal king who gave Hatim the 7 questions he needs and will be his guide on his legendary journey. This year, Anang donned the role of Hasmukh Mehta, a wealthy Gujarati businessman in the comedy series, Chandrakant Chiplunkar Seedi Bambawala on SAB TV. He also made his entry to the drama series, Main Naa Bhoolungi on Sony India. He bagged the role of Mahanto Jagannath, a successful business tycoon.
Anang Desai is a very versatile actor who can grab the attention of the audience and take them by storm with his captivating personality and efficient acting skills in almost all of his shows. Initially, he is always inclined to serious and emotional roles and he was thankful to JD Majethia and
Aatish Kapadia of Hats Off Productions who changed his personality and believed that he can do comedic roles also. Because of that, he got enough popularity and became a household name in the Indian television.