Rahul Dev

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Not to be confused with Rahul Dev Burman.
Rahul Dev
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Rahul Dev in 2012
Born Rahul Dev Samra
(1968-09-27) September 27, 1968 (age 45)
Delhi, India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1979, 1997–present
Spouse(s) Rina Dev (died 2009)
Children Siddaharth
Relatives Mukul Dev (Brother)

Rahul Dev Samra (Hindi: राहुल देव; Bengali: রাহুল দেব; born 27 September 1968) is an Indian film actor and former model. Dev is known for his unconventional rugged looks and chiselled features and appearances as villain in action films, in Hindi, Punjabi as well as Telugu cinema.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Dev is the son of the former police commissioner of Delhi.He was born in Saket in 1968, New Delhi in a Khatri Punjabi family.

Dev did his schooling from St. Columba's School, Delhi. He used to be a fast bowler in school, when a former cricket player Gursharan Singh who used to coach occasionally at St. Columba's saw him bowling he was so impressed that he asked him to join his academy. However Rahul was more interested in studies at that time.

Rahul Dev's brother Mukul Dev is also an actor in films and television.

Career[edit]

He was meant to make his acting debut as the main villain in Mukul S. Anand's 1997 film Dus but the director's death while the film was still in production caused the film to remain incomplete and unreleased. He then made his debut in the 2000 film Champion where he played a villainous role and for which he was nominated for the 2001 Filmfare Best Villain Award. He has since played villains and supporting roles in all of his films, but is almost always seen playing the villain. He acted villain in the Punjabi movies Dharti in 2011.

In December 2013, Dev made his television debut, playing the role of demon Arunasur in mythological TV series Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rahul's wife Rina died on 16 May 2009 after a battle with cancer. The couple had been married for 11 years and have an eleven-year-old son Siddharth.[3]

Activism[edit]

Dev was featured in an advertisement released by PETA critical of the conditions in, and practices of, Indian zoos. Rahul volunteered for the ad, in which he appears in spotted bodypaint to resemble a cheetah.

Dev described zoos as "nothing more than animal prisons maintained for human amusement." "If you love animals, let them live with their families in the wild, where they belong." "Protecting species from extinction sounds like a noble goal, but zoo officials usually favour exotic or popular animals who draw crowds and publicity, neglecting less popular species. Most animals housed in zoos are not endangered, nor are they being prepared for release into natural habitats. The best thing to do to stop this cruelty is to urge your friends and family to boycott zoos."[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Other notes
1979 Jurmana Hindi
1997 Dus Mast Gul Hindi Uncompleted
2000 Champion Naseer Ahmed Hindi
2001 Aashiq Baburao Hindi
2001 Asoka Bheema Hindi
2001 Takkari Dhonga Bandit Cow Boy Telugu
2001 Indian Pratap Hindi
2001 Narasimha Rasool Akhtar Tamil
2002 Chalo Ishq Laadaye Hindi
2002 23 March 1931: Shaheed Sukhdev Hindi
2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Vikrant/Guru Gulab Khatri (in a sequence) Hindi
2003 Surya Hindi
2003 Parasuram Shankaran Kutti/Akash Tamil
2003 Kyon? Inspector Aditya Solanki Hindi
2003 Supari Papad Hindi
2003 88 Antop Hill IGP Arvind Khanvilkar Hindi
2003 Simhadri Bala Nair Telugu
2003 Footpath Shekhar Srivastav, the gang lord Hindi
2004 Omkara Khaan Kannada
2004 Agnipankh Vishal Hindi
2004 Bardaasht ACP Yeshwant Thakur Hindi
2004 Aan: Men at Work Yeda Bhai Hindi
2004 Mass Seshu/Shatru Telugu/Hindi
2005 Kyon Ki Mr Dharr Hindi Special Appearance
2005 Insan Azhar Khan/Munna Hindi
2005 Narasimhudu Telugu
2005 Athadu Saadhu Telugu
2005 Mazhai Deva Tamil
2005 Allari Pidugu Telugu
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva Asghar Telugu
2005 Vidyarthi Telugu
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Sandy Hindi
2006 Asthram Karim Telugu remake of Hindi film Sarfarosh
2006 Jaane Hoga Kya Special Investigations Officer Rathore Hindi
2006 Kachchi Sadak Javed Ali Hindi
2006 Iqraar by Chance Sikka Hindi
2006 Chinnodu Sri Sailam Telugu
2006 Seetha Raamudu Ramulu Telugu
2006 Sarhad Paar Bakatawar Hindi
2006 Pournami Zamindar Telugu
2007 Mahanayak Ranjit Oriya
2007 Okkadunnadu Sona Bhai's brother's son Telugu
2007 Munna Aatma Telugu
2007 Cape Karma Manav Hindi
2007 Tulasi Basavaraju Telugu
2008 D Raj Hindi
2008 Jimmy ACP Rajeshwar Vyas Hindi
2008 Bombaat C. P. Kannada
2008 Arasangam chandru Tamil
2008 Mukhbiir Saaya Hindi
2008 Sankat City Suleman Supari Hindi
2008 U Me Aur Hum Jeetu Hindi
2009 Shatru Sanghar Oriya
2009 Premi No. 1 Ranjit Bengali/Oriya
2009 Aa Dekhen Zara Captain Hindi
2009 Sagar Alias Jackie Reloaded Sheikh Imran (Sniper) Malayalam
2009 Yodha Kannada
2009 Aadhavan Abdul Kulkarni Tamil
2009 Blue Gulshan Hindi
2010 Shaapit Prof. Pashupathy Hindi
2011 Run Bhola Run Hindi
2011 Dharti Nachattar Singh Punjabi
2012 Mirza The Untold Story Jeet Punjabi
2012 Dammu[5] Telugu
2012 Meri Chargay Jawani Sohniyeh Avtar Shahpuri Punjabi
2013 Naayak Gandipeta Babji Telugu
2013 Shadow[6] Jeeva Telugu
2013 Moksha Telugu
2013 Panchamuki Munna Telugu Cannot be released
2013 Jatt Boys - Putt Jattan De Bhola Vailly Punjabi
2013 Rangbaaz Lucky Bhai Bengali
2013 Bhai Telugu
2013 Yevadu Dheeru Bhai Telugu
2013 Abdul Kalam- Memory Loss Patient Manmooty,Rama Murthy Prasad Telugu
2014 Hikk Naal Gurmit Punjabi

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