Rajiv Rai (born in 1955 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian film writer, editor and director. He is the son of the late producer Gulshan Rai. He has directed all this films under his father's production company Trimurti Films. He made his debut as a director with the 1985 action film Yudh.
His films are also notable for their music composed by Kalyanji-Anandji (in Tridev) & Viju Shah. Their use of popular songs such as Tirchi Topi Wale in Tridev and Tu Chees Badi Hai Mast Mast in Mohra helped his films become hugely successful.
He married Bollywood actress Sonam, whom he had directed in Tridev and Vishwatma in the 1990s. He has one child with her. In 1997, he had to leave India with his family for the UK after a failed attempt to kill him by hitmen believed to be working for the Mumbai underworld leader Abu Salem.
After a four year hiatus from the Bollywood industry, he returned to directing with his comeback venture Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). This was an attempt by Rai at directing a romantic drama, a change from his previous action films. The film failed at the box office and Rai returned to the action genre with his next film Asambhav (2004) which also failed to do well. Shortly after the release of Asambhav his father died at the age of 80 of a prolonged illness.
He has not been active in the film industry since 2004.