Pavan Malhotra (born 2 July 1958) is a Hindi film and television actor. He has played lead roles in Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s National Film Award-winning Bagh Bahadur and Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, both released in 1989. He is famous for his role as a cold-blooded mafia don Irfan Khan in the Telugu blockbuster Aithe (2003) and in his acclaimed role of Tiger Memon in Black Friday (2004). In 2005 he acted in the Telugu movie Anukokunda Oka Roju as a Tantrik.
Born in Delhi, Malhotra grew up in Nawabganj, New Delhi, and studied at Manav Sthali School. Having graduating in Arts from Hansraj College, Delhi University, Pavan venture into Delhi theatre circuit, thereafter he moved to Mumbai; where he started with television industry as an assistant on the sets of TV series, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), before he got a role in Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s TV series on Doordarshan, Nukkad (1986), which got him noticed. Meanwhile he had entered the film industry and made his debut with Pankaj Parashar’s Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984).
Over the years he had worked with directors like Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Shyam Benegal, Deepa Mehta and Roland Joffé.
In 2006, he was seen in Manish Goswami’s Aisa Desh Hai Mera on Sony television. He is seen on TV series Alag Alag and Partho Mitra’s Patang on DD Metro. He recently starred in the major hit movies Jab We Met and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. He is currently acting in Lagi Tujhse Lagan as Malmal More on Colors TV. He has currently worked in hit movies like Punjab 1984, Children Of War.
In 2016, a retrospective to mark his 25 years in cinema, was held at India International Centre (IIC), Delhi.