Hemant Pandey is a theatre, film and television actor and standup comedian. Born and brought up in Pithoragarh (now in Uttarakhand), he began his career with street plays and stage / proscenium theatre in New Delhi. After shifting to Mumbai, Pandey continued his journey with theatre and made a foray into television with TV dramas. His breakthrough came with SAB TV's award-winning sitcom Office Office in 2000. An avid follower of legendary comedians from his childhood – Johnny Walker and Johnny Lever are among his favourites – Pandey's portrayal of the comic Pandeyji soon became popular. Pandey made his debut in Hindi cinema with Satish Kaushik's Mujhe Kuchh Kehna Hai (2001). Among his notable films are Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001), Aap Mujhe Achhe Lagne Lage (2002), Krrish (2006), Kaalo (2010), Ready (2011), and Dil To Diwana Hai (2016).