Man of Multiple Talents

An Actor who has played Hero, Villain, Comedian and more than what you can imagine


Jaaved Jaaferi as Major Akash Kapoor in 'Shaurya'
Jaaved Jaaferi as Major Akash Kapoor in ‘Shaurya’

An Anchor who has anchored Award shows of National and International stature,

Jaaved Jaaferi representing IIFA as Anchor
Jaaved Jaaferi representing IIFA as Anchor

A Voice Over Artist that has given voices from Disney Characters of our childhood to Movie Characters of current times and not to forget TV shows that would have been less interesting without the special tadka of his voice,


Jaaved Jaaferi giving Voice Over
Jaaved Jaaferi giving Voice Over

A singer and a proficient writer who has written scripts and Ads that he performed in,

Jaaved Jaaferi in Maggi Ad with Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Jaaved Jaaferi in Maggi Ad with Nawazuddin Siddiqui

A producer and a director, A judge on India’s longest running Reality Show ‘Boogie-Woogie’ that ran for a total of 17 years,

Jaaved Jaaferi in Boogie Woogie
Jaaved Jaaferi in Boogie Woogie

A mimicry artist who is famous and loved for trying difficult voices and last but not the least a Dancer who introduced Break Dance to the Indian Audiences-Jaaved Jafferi.

Jaaved Jaaferi performing a Bollywood Dance
Jaaved Jaaferi performing a Bollywood Dance

Jaaved Jaaferi needs no introduction in India; he is household name for multi-talented Actor. He is the synonym of Mimicry Art and Comedy in India.

Let’s dig deep into the facts about Jaaved Jaaferi that you may not have known till now:

He did not learn Dancing yet performed like a Pro:

Jaaved Jaaferi once went to America in 1981 and saw children and adults dancing on the streets and came back to introduce the style to Indian Audience-Break Dance by performing in his college.  Jaaved Jaaferi performed Break Dance in the movie Meri Jung and the audience went crazy.

He wanted to be an Engineer:  Though he was a science student in his 12th standard , Jaaved Jaaferi picked up Arts in his college and Graduated in the same. Jaaved was very good in Maths and he always wanted to be an Electronic Engineer.

Jaaved Jaaferi has played more voices that we know:

Jaaved Jaaferi is known to have given voices in Amination series like ‘TaleSpin’ where he is the voice of Shere Khan and the crazy mad character of Don Karnage, he also gave voices to Micky Mouse & Goofy and the memorable Sher Khan in ‘Jungle Book 2’ Animation series.

What many do not know that he was the voice Darth Vader of the ‘Star Wars’ Hindi version. Darth Vader is the famous Jedi Knight.

Darth Vader from the Star Wars Movie
Darth Vader from the Star Wars Movie

A proficient writer and singer:

Jaaved Jaaferi has written the Hindi version of ‘the Incredibles’ and performed the voice of the Villain Syndrome called Sankimaan in the hindi version of the movie.  He sang the song ‘Mumbhai’ for the movie ‘Bombay Boys’. It was slow Rap Song that was No.1 on the charts for six weeks. The song became a overnight sensation. It was one of the most interesting song when it comes to the way it was written and sung. Jaaved sang the song, performed on the song in a promotion video and also wrote the song along with writer Kiran Kotrial.

Jaaved voice to 'Sankimaan' of 'The Incredibles'
Jaaved gave voice to ‘Sankimaan’ of ‘The Incredibles’

Jaaved is associated with Maggi for 30 years:

Jaaved Jaaferi has been associated with Maggi for almost 30 years now. It would be a record for an actor to have such a long association.

Such is the passion and involvement in his work that he even scripted and tweaked the lines of the ‘Maggi Hot and Sweet Tomato Chilli Sauce’ Ads especially the ones he played with Pankaj Kapoor famous for its tagline-“it’s different”.

Jaaved Jaaferi with Pankaj Kapoor in Maggi Hot & Sweet Tomato Chilli Sauce
Jaaved Jaaferi with Pankaj Kapoor in Maggi Hot & Sweet Tomato Chilli Sauce

With Pankaj approximately he did 5 Maggi Ads, 3 with Manoj Pahwa, few with Rakesh Bedi, few with Nawazuddin and few with other artists.

Jaaved’s first movie wasn’t Meri Jung:

Jaaved’s first break was a movie called ‘Saat Saal Baad’. But due to delay in production of the movie, he was seen first in ‘Meri Jung’ released on 11th Oct 1985 in which he played the Negative Role against Anil Kapoor. He established himself well with his acting. He played the character of a spoiled brat named Vikram Thakral son of a criminal lawyer G.D.Thakral played by Amrish Puri. Jaaved created a mark in the industry with his performance and people still remember his Break Dance and other dance forms performed in the song ‘Bol Baby Bol Rock and Roll’.

Jaaved Jaaferi performing in "Bol Bay Bol" of 'Meri Jung'
Jaaved Jaaferi performing in “Bol Baby Bol” of ‘Meri Jung’

Not only the multiple dance forms, Jaaved also gave us the first ever Rap song within the song “Bol Baby Bol” which he sang himself.

Jaaved has played iconic Roles:

Jaaved Jaaferi has played roles that have become iconic and his dialogues make it more memorable.

His role in the movie ‘Salaam Namaste’ as ‘Jaggu’ became a craze with this one word “Eggjactly” which ealier was just ‘Sorry Exactly’ before Jaaved improvised the pronunciation, his serious role of army lawyer ‘Major Akash Kapoor’ in the movie ‘Shaurya’ with his intense dialogue delivery was revelation of his acting skills, his hilarious role of ‘Manav Shrivastava’ in ‘Dhamaal’ and ‘Total Dhamaal’ were admirable and not to forget his most memorable role of ‘Sunil’ in the movie ‘100 Days’ which is also remembered for its famous song ‘Gabbar Singh ye keh kar gaya, jo dar gaya, wo mar gaya’ featuring Madhuri Dixit and Jaaved Jaaferi.

The character ‘ Manav Shrivastava’ of ‘Dhamaal’ was a complete improvisation by Jaaved. It was not the same as we saw in movie. Jaaved improvised the character with a unique talking style, dressing sense and overall demeanour & convinced Director Indra Kumar to present it the way it as shown in the movie. It was the most loved character of the movie.

Jaaved Jaaferi as 'Manav Shrivastava' in the movie 'Dhamaal'
Jaaved Jaaferi as ‘Manav Shrivastava’ in the movie ‘Dhamaal’

According to Jaaved Jaaferi, the role ‘Boom Shankar’ played in the 2003 movie ‘Boom’ is perhaps the maddest character he has ever played on screen. Starting from the way he walked, talked to the overall look in which worked out to add extra muscles for the special look. There is sequence in the movie in which Madhu Sapre could not stop laughing at Jaaved’s acting and that laugh was not a part of the screenplay yet it was kept in the movie by the director.

Boom is the only movie that Jaaved Jaaferi has done with Amitabh Bachchan. In the movie he shares the frame in which Amitabh’s character ‘Bade Mia’ dies. Jaaved told Amitabh that he always wanted to share the screen with him but in this kind of sequence. Hopefully looking at the long innings of films that both that Actors are playing, it is highly likely that they will be seen together sometime in future.

Jaaved is a man of multi tasking:

Jaaved Jaaferi started his career at in 1985 and last 35 years has successfully manoeuvred through many careers namely Acting, Mimicry Artist, Dubbing Artist, Dancer, Anchor, Producer, Director, writer, singer and last but not the least Actor.

Actor : Jaaved Jaaferi has done more than 60 movies in last 35 years and associated with 11 Television Shows.

Mimicry Artist:  Jaaved is known to bring the mimicry of Actors and Politicians that none could think of. His mimicry of Feroz Khan and Sudhir is something that no other mimicry artist could do like him.

Dancer :  An iconic Break Dancer of India Cinema.

Dubbing Artist: He has dubbed multiple Disney and Pixar shows and animation movies. His voice in the TV shows Takeshi’s Castle and Ninja Warrior made the shows a household hit in India. The shows would have been dull without the spice of his voicing style.

Jaaved Jaaferi can do voices of 70 plus Celebrities from India & few Hollywood Stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone being the popular ones that he likes to perform.

Producer: He produced ‘Inshallah, Football’ & ‘Inshallah,Kashmir’ which were 2010 and 2012 Documentary Films. ‘Inshallah, Football’ won the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues and ‘Inshallah,Kashmir’ won the National Award for Best Investigative Film.

Jaaved Jaaferi's Inshallah, Football
Jaaved Jaaferi’s Inshallah, Football

Writer:  He has scripted and directed many Ads that he played in last 35 year.

Of the careers that he has been a part of his favourite are Acting and Direction.

Anchor:  Jaaved has been the first choice for many Concerts and Film Award Shows as an Anchor. He has been the presenter of many shows namely Zee Cine Awards, Screen, Filmfare, Mirchi Kaan Awards and IIFA to name a few.

Politician: He also took the career route of a politician and contested in the general election from lucknow in March 2014.

Director: He wrote and directed the Ad for Hero Cigarettes which was produced by Prahlad Kakkar and it won multiple Awards.

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