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Govardhan Asrani[3] (born 1 January 1940), known popularly by mononym Asrani, is an Indian actor and director whose Bollywood career has spanned five decades. He has acted in over 350 Hindi films. Asrani has played the lead roles, character roles, comedic roles and supporting roles. He is best known for his role in Sholay as a jailer and characters he played in 25 films with Rajesh Khanna in lead role between 1972 and 1991.

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Govardhan Asrani

(1940-01-01) 1 January 1940 (age 83)
Alma materSt Xavier's School, Jaipur;
Rajasthan College;
FTII, Pune
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1967-present
SpouseManju Asrani
AwardsFilmfare Award for Best Comedian

In Hindi films, he played the comedian's role from 1966 to 2013 and played a supporting actor's role as the close friend of the lead hero in many films between 1972 and 1994. In a few Hindi films like Chala Murari Hero Banne and Salaam Memsaab, he played the main lead hero. In Gujarati films he played the lead hero from 1972 to 1984 and played character roles from 1985 to 2012. He also directed six films between 1974 and 1997.