Team BD wishes Raghubir Yadav Ji many happy returns of the day.
Raghubir Yadav is a film, stage and television actor, music composer, singer and set designer. He made his film debut with Massey Sahib (1985) in which Yadav played the title role. Incidentally, he has never won the National Award but two International Awards as Best Actor for Massey Sahib, FIPRESCI Critic’s Award, Venice Film Festival, 1986 and the Best Actor Silver Peacock, IIFI, 1987. The film also starred the noted writer and social activist, Arundhati Roy. Raghuvir Yadav is an alumnus of the 1977 batch at the National School of Drama, New Delhi.
Yadav performed as an actor and singer in over 70 plays and about 2500 shows, traveling in caravans, living in tents and performing on makeshift stages in villages, towns, and cities of India with the Parsi Theatre Company (1967–1973). He was with the Rangoli Puppet Theatre, Lucknow (1973–1974), performing with glove puppets. At the National School of Drama Repertory (1977–1986), he acted in about 40 plays in over 2000 shows. He has also contributed to music, sets, costumes, and masks.
He was seen in many milestone films in the coming decades. Three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Salaam Bombay!, Lagaan, and Water). Raghubir Yadav is the only Indian actor to have received the Silver Peacock Best Actor Award, at the International Film Festival of India. His most acclaimed role was as the drug addicted “Chillum” in Salaam Bombay! (1988). He was acted in Firaaq In 2011 he plays the lead role in the film Dear Friend Hitler which takes its name from two letters Mahatma Gandhi wrote Adolf Hitler, in 1939 immediately before World War II and Christmas Eve 1940 after the war had started, to prevent and to stop the war.
Yadav started his television career with the TV series Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne (1990), playing the lead character ‘Mungerilal’. Later he played the roles of Haji Nasruddin the series Mulla Nasiruddin and the lead in Chacha Chaudhary. He also played the lead role for BI T.V. in Arjun Pandit.