Vinay Pathak is an Indian actor and a theater person. He is known as a new revolution in Indian Cinema along with Ranvir Shorey, Rajat Kapur, Abhay Deol, who are tagged as actors of a new genre. He has starred in various critically acclaimed films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Bheja Fry and Johnny Gaddaar.
Career Vinay attended State University of New York at Stony Brook and acted in many plays. He told all his friends he would go back and be a Bollywood actor. Pathak started off with bit roles before being noticed for his role in the comedy Khosla Ka Ghosla.
Soon after that, his stellar performance in the comedy Bheja Fry won him rave reviews and that years Filmfare Best Comedian Award. He also produced the film Dasvidaniya which told the story of a common man bidding farewell before dying.
Along with friend and co-star Ranvir Shorey, he was the host of the successful talk show Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun? which aired on Star TV. They also co-hosted a perhaps lesser-known show "House Arrest" on Channel V. They hosted a show called "Duniya Goal Hain" on ESPN-STAR (with co-anchors like Andy Panders) during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
He also teamed up with his friends Ranvir, Suresh Menon and Gaurav Ghera to be a part of a gag based show Great Indian Laughter Show, hosted by Shekhar Suman (the show was aired on Star One). In his later years in television, he hosted "Cricket Crazy" with Ranvir which was telecasted on Star Sports, India.
Pathak is also featured in a small role as Inspector Gurpal Badash in an earlier made for TV movie Murder Unveiled (2005) about a romance-murder story featuring the Sikh community in Canada.
Pathak acted in the critically acclaimed movie Johnny Gaddaar and an eagerly anticipated but a box-office disaster movie Aaja Nachle. His work in Khoya Khoya Chand, made by the acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra, has been appreciated.He also gave a splendid performance in the recent box-office hit bollywood movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
His forthcoming film produced by Pritish Nandy Communications(PNC) 'Raat Gayi Baat Gayi' recently won the Best Film Award at HBO's New York South Asian International Film Festival, 2009. The movie will release in India in December,2009 and brings back the dynamic duo of Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor.
His film 'Antardwand' directed by Sushil Rajpal won the 2009 National Award for Best Film On Social Issues. Pathak plays a significant role in the movie. He also starred as the English teacher Vinny Sir in the television series Hip Hip Hurray.
His upcoming films include: Kaccha Limbu, Mumbai Cutting, Oh God No God, Tyre Puncture Adventures Of Fanta Cola and SRK.
Personal life He is originally from Arrah,Bihar. He has two daughters: Vasudha and Sharinee.