Raghu Ram at Agnee's Bollywood debut gig
15 April 1975
Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Television producer, Actor|
|Years active||1993 – Present|
Raghu Ram is senior supervising producer at MTV India and the executive producer of reality television shows MTV Roadies and MTV Splitsvilla. Raghu was born an identical-twin in Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, and raised in Delhi, India, along with his twin brother, Rajiv Laxman. Their father is a Chartered Accountant and mother a reputed political affairs journalist. They were raised in Delhi. They also have a younger sister Supriya Nistala, who is married & has a daughter. She lives in Singapore.The twin brothers studied at the Woodstock School in Landour, Uttarakhand. They later attended the University of Delhi in Delhi. In the first year, both were students of Deshbandhu College, but in the second year, they joined Sri Venkateswara College.In the final year, they joined Osmania University in Hyderabad where they completed their graduation.
In 2004, Raghu appeared in Indian Idol Season 1 as a contestant and was one of those who came to test his voice out in front of the judges – Anu Malik, Farah Khan and Sonu Nigam where he was rejected due to inefficient singing ability and signature attitude traits.
Raghu Ram along with Rajiv Lakshman and Ranvijay Singh (Hosts, MTV Roadies) had their faces blackened by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and were chased out of Pune for using foul language on national television when the team of anchors were participating in a promotional rally in the city.The ABVP later issued a statement saying we will not tolerate derogatory language and humiliation of women in TV shows.
Raghu and Rajiv experienced unusual occurances being identical twins. Once Raghu was down with jaundice and was at home. Rajiv had gone to school. Suddenly Raghu’s fever shot up. Everyday, Rajiv’s temperature used to shoot up in class whenever Raghu’s temperature used to shoot up at home. In another incident, once Rajiv was sitting outside a Gurudwara in the evening and he felt someone’s slap on his cheek. He ran home, and found out that Raghu had been slapped at home. Another interesting fact is that Raghu and Rajiv’s wives also look similar.
Both tough looking twins were soft heartened back in their school days. In Delhi audition of MTV Roadies X, Raghu confirmed this while auditioning the soft hearted contestant Manik. When Manik shared stories of his dark childhood where he used to get beaten up by schoolmates, Raghu claimed to have same childhood. Their schoolmates also used to rag Raghu and Rajiv in school days.
Raghu Ram wrote a book titled Rearview: My Roadies Journey.
Raghu started his career at MTV India supervising shows including MTV Love Line with Malaika Arora Khan and Cyrus Broacha, video jockeys (VJ)s, and also lead MTV Select and the first few seasons of MTV Super Select with VJ Nikhil Chinapa. His idea of MTV Roadies was accepted as an experimental project by MTV in 2000. The show was tentatively entitled MTV: Find The Road, and was initially met with skepticism by the senior producers of the channel. He was also nominated for Best Singer award in Gima Awards 2012 for his song Manmani. Raghu Ram is married to actress Sugandha Garg, who has played roles in Hindi films Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, Tere Bin Laden and My Name Is Khan. Raghu Ram announced that he won't be attached with MTV Roadies from Season X2. He said, "roadies is happening. I'm not gonna do it, though. I'm done with it. Moved on. About time, too." in a Twitter conversion with his fans on 17th October 2014.
|2010||Tees Maar Khan||Johri|
|2010||Jhootha Hi Sahi||Omar|
|2013||Love Yoou Soniye||Mahendra Singh Gill|
- "Music Television (MTV) India", at the Internet Movie Database
- Official twitter handle of Raghu Ram
- mtvindia.com, MTV India official website
- cooldose.com, Cool Dose official website
- Official Mobile App, Blot Canvas official android app of Raghu Ram