- Got his screen name from imitating some senior officers of a company called Hindustan Lever Limited, for which he worked as a labourer for six years.
- Was spotted by Sunil Dutt whilst touring with the Kalyanji-Anandji group, prompting him to offer Lever his first film role in Dard Ka Rishta (1982).
- Won the Star Screen Award for Best Comedian for Raja Hindustani(6).
- Has been nominated for the Filmfare Best Comedian Award over a dozen times, winning it for his performances in Deewana Mastana (1998) and Dulhe Raja (1999).
- Has featured in almost 400 films in his career spanning over three decades.