Johnny Lever Age

Bollywood comedian Johnny Lever was born on 14 August 1957. He is 61 years old.

Johnny Lever Family

Lever was born in a Telugu Christian family, to Prakash Rao Janumala, an operator in Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL) plant and Karunamma Janumala in Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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He was brought up in Mumbai’s King’s Circle area (Dharavi). His mother tongue is Telugu. He is the eldest in the family consisting of three sisters and two brothers (including his younger brother Jimmy Moses).

His younger brother, Jimmy Moses, is also a comedian and mimicry artist.

Johnny Lever Biography

Lever studied in Andhra education society English high school till the seventh grade but couldn’t study further because of financial problems in his family.

He decided to leave school and started working odd jobs, such as selling pens on the streets of Mumbai by imitating Bollywood stars and dancing to the songs of Bollywood stars.

He also spent his early years in Yakutpura, an old city of Hyderabad where he learnt the unique style of comedy acting.

During a Hindustan Lever Limited company function, he mimicked a few senior officers, and from that day on, the workers said he was not John Rao but was Johnny Lever.

When he later joined the film industry, he decided to keep the name. Because of his growing absenteeisms and since he was earning well from stage shows, he quit HLL in the year 1981.

Johnny Lever Comedy

He did a lot of shows and world tours with them, one of his first big tours being with Amitabh Bachchan in 1982.

He started to perform stand-up comedy in musical shows (orchestras), Tabassum Hit Parade. After earning fame, joined the group of Kalyanji-Anandji, a legendary music direction duo.

Johnny Lever First Movie

At one of his shows, actor Sunil Dutt noticed his talent and potential and offered him his first movie Dard Ka Rishta.

Johnny Lever Movies

Lever got his first break in Tum Par Hum Qurban. His first major success came with Baazigar, and after that he was seen in movies as a supporting actor/comedian.

Despite being busy with his movie roles, he continued to do live shows. One of his most memorable live performances was an impersonation of Michael Jackson at the 1999 Filmfare Awards.

He is also remembered for some of his other famous characters, like “Chotta Chattri”, “Aslam Bhai”, etc.

His performance in the film, Judaai and his dialogue in the movie, Abba Dabba Jabba are also notable. He also acted in a Tulu movie, Rang. He also speaks Tulu fluently, influenced by his neighbours in Mumbai.

Later he also had a special appearance in one Telugu feature film, Criminal directed by Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt.

He is the president of MAAM (Mimicry Artist Association Mumbai), and has done thousands of live shows all over the world.

Johnny Lever Daughter

Jamie is the daughter of the popular comedian Johnny Lever (John Prakash Rao Janumala) and Sujata Janumala.

She has a younger brother Jesse. Jamie has done her Masters in Marketing Communications from University of Westminster, London.

Johnny Lever Son

Johnny Lever’s son Jesse does not want to be a funny man, is unexpected.

As with his elder sister Jamie, initially his dad do not wanted him to pursue career in showbiz. But Jesse quit studies after his Class 12 exams and assist in the movies, Lever Sr did not oppose.

Perhaps Jesse’s health scare as a young boy, when he developed a tumour on his neck, made his father give into his every wish.

Johnny Lever Height

He is 160cm or 5’2” tall.

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