Ravi Baswani was an Indian actor, who worked in Bollywood. He rose to fame after his performance in ‘Chashme Buddoor’ and ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’. For that role, he won a Filmfare for Best Comedian. Known for his timing, he has featured in over 30 films spanning three decades. Ravi, born in Delhi, completed his schooling in Mussoorie. He then graduated from KMC, Delhi University where he was a member of the dramatic society.
In his debut film Chashme Buddoor, Baswani portrayed a student who was very desperate for a girl. Soon, in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, he played the role of a photographer alongside
. Ravi was a part of several hit films as a supporting artist. He is known for his roles in ‘
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
’, the evergreen ‘Chhota Chetan’, comic role in ‘Ab Aayega Maza’ and also, ‘Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota’.
In Television, he has worked in several serials, including ‘
’, a top hit comedy series on Doordarshan. He even produced one. But, His fame decreased after ordinary roles in films like ‘Return of Jewel Thief’, ‘
Chal Mere Bhai
’ and some others. His latest roles were in ‘
Bunty Aur Babli
’ and the hit, ‘Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya’.
In 2004, he was appointed as the teacher and coordinator for the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, but after a year, he resigned. He did not marry. Ravi died in 2010 on his way back to Delhi from Nainital, where he had gone location scouting for his first film as director.
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Ravi Baswani is an Indian Film Actor who has played charismatic and comic roles in numerous Hindi films. There are as many as three dozens of films to his credit. His career lasted for 30 long years. He was working on his directorial debut project when he suffered a heart failure. He died at the age of 63. Ravi was born in Delhi, India on September 29, 1946.
He completed his graduation from KMC Delhi. He began acting in theater there. After being a part of theater for a long time, he took to the cinema. ‘Chashme Buddoor’ in 1981 was his debut film. It was a romantic comedy and a super hit. Ravi played the character of ‘
’ a student. His first feature film itself was a Silver jubilee hit and this paved his way towards Bollywood. The Malayalam cinema remade the movie as ‘Odaruthammava Aalariyam.’
Meanwhile, in the 1980s, Ravi also took to Television. He did few serials on Doordarshan. He also produced and directed a serial. In 1983, he did two back to back films – ‘Dhat Teri Ki’ and ‘Jane Bhi Do Yaaron.’ He played Maddy and
respectively. This was followed by ‘Ab Ayga Maza’ in 1984 and ‘Agnidaah’ in 1985. In 1986, he did three films simultaneously- ‘Main Balwan,' ‘Love’ and ‘Ghar Sansar.’ After that he kept playing small roles in movies such as Zevar, Jaan Tere Naam, Chota Chetan, ladhla, dozakh, Yaatna, Agnidaah, Ghar Bazar, Peecha Karo and Raunak, Chal Mere Bhai, The film, It Could be you, Lucky-No time for love, Bunty Aur Babli, Pyaar tune kya kia and Anthony Kaun hai. Ravi was known for his tremendous comic timings and distinct sense of humor. His next famous movie was ‘
’ in 2005 where he played the role of Baba.
In all his feature films his acting was a blend of innocence, passion, and comic element. Even his career did not have a stable graph yet he was positive all throughout. This was his indomitable spirit. The whole Bollywood industry lamented over his sad demise in the year 2010. He did Mastang Mama that year. He is described as a kind and encouraging person. He was very close to actor Naseeruddin Shah,
, and director
. In his last days, he was working with Naseer on ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron 2.’ Also, he went to Shimla to scout location for his directorial debut film.