Arun Govil is an Indian actor, producer and director. He has acted in Hindi, Bhojpuri, Braj Bhasha, Oriya and Telugu films. He is best known for playing Lord Rama in Ramanand Sagar‘s hit television series Ramayan (1986).
He made his Bollywood debut in Prashanta Nanda’s Paheli (1977). He shot to stardom after he was cast in Kanak Mishra’s Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979) and Satyen Bose‘s Saanch Ko Aanch Nahin (1979). He made his small screen debut in Ramanand Sagar’s Vikram Aur Betaal (1985). He was then cast as Lord Rama in Sagar’s highly successful TV series Ramayan (1986), for which he won the Uptron Award in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category in 1988. He reprised his role as Rama in Sagar’s Luv Kush. His role as Rama provided him great exposure and led him to be cast in other celebrated roles such as Harishchandra in the TV series Vishwamitra or Buddha in the TV series Buddha. He lent his voice as Rama in Yugo Sako’s Indo-Japanese animation film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama (1992). He was panned for switching over to the role of Laxman in V. Madhusudhan Rao‘s Lav Kush (1997).
Arun Govil was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. He got his formal education at Meerut University, where he studied engineering science and acted in some plays. He spent his teenage life in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His father wanted him to become a government servant while Arun wanted to do something for which he would be remembered.
Arun Govil is the fourth of six brothers and two sisters. His elder brother Vijay Govil is married to Tabassum, a former child actress and the host of the first Bollywood Celebrity talk show on Doordarshan Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, which continued for 21 years. His nephew is Film and TV actor Hoshang Govil. His father Shri Chandra Prakash Govil was a government officer. Govil is married to actress Shrilekha, with whom he has a son and a daughter.