Rahul Dev in 2012
|Born||Rahul Dev Samra
September 27, 1968
|Years active||1979, 1997–present|
|Spouse(s)||Rina Dev (died 2009)|
|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 villian in action films, in Hindi, Punjabi as well as Telugu cinema.
Early life and background
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.
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.
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.
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."
|2001||Takkari Dhonga||Bandit Cow Boy||Telugu|
|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||Kyon?||Inspector Aditya Solanki||Hindi|
|2003||88 Antop Hill||IGP Arvind Khanvilkar||Hindi|
|2003||Footpath||Shekhar Srivastav, the gang lord||Hindi|
|2004||Bardaasht||ACP Yeshwant Thakur||Hindi|
|2004||Aan: Men at Work||Yeda Bhai||Hindi|
|2005||Kyon Ki||Mr Dharr||Hindi||Special Appearance|
|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|
|2007||Okkadunnadu||Sona Bhai's brother's son||Telugu|
|2008||Sankat City||Suleman Supari||Hindi|
|2008||U Me Aur Hum||Jeetu||Hindi|
|2009||Premi No. 1||Ranjit||Bengali/Oriya|
|2009||Aa Dekhen Zara||Captain||Hindi|
|2009||Sagar Alias Jackie Reloaded||Sheikh Imran (Sniper)||Malayalam|
|2011||Run Bhola Run||Hindi|
|2012||Mirza The Untold Story||Punjabi|
|2012||Meri Chargay Jawani Sohniyeh||Avtar Shahpuri||Punjabi||With Surjit Khan & Baljit Malwa|
|2013||Panchamuki||Munna||Telugu||Cannot be released|
|2013||Jatt Boys - Putt Jattan De||To be revealed||Punjabi||Co starsAman Dhaliwal, Sippy Gill, Om Puri, Guggu Gill|
|Telugu||Nagarjuna, Richa, Sonu Sood, Brahmanandam|
|2014||Hikk Naal||Gurmit||Punjabi||With Amrinder Gill & Angrej Ali|
- 2001: Nominated: Filmfare Best Villain Award for Champion
- 2004: Won: Zee Cine Award Best Villain for Footpath
- "Rahul Dev approached for 'Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev'". The Times of India. November 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- "Rahul Dev's look in 'Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev". The Times of India. Dec 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Rahul Dev loses his wife to cancer
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