Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Known for||Monsoon Wedding, Delhi Belly, Run, Dhamaal|
Vijay Raaz (Hindi: विजय राज़) is an Indian film actor. His breakthrough came when he played the role of Dubeyji in the movie Monsoon Wedding and is also famous for his memorable performance in the movie Run in which his Kauwa Biryani act became highly and critically acclaimed. Since then, Raaz has been cast in small, often comedic roles, in many Hindi movies, often depicting the character of a common man. He marks his directorial debut with the upcoming release of Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.
Early life and career
Vijay was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on 30 November 1963. As a student of Kirori Mal College, he was a part of the dramatic society The Players. He also appeared in plays at the National School of Drama. He decided to focus on a film career and moved to Mumbai where he received a role in Ram Gopal Varma's Jungle. Naseeruddin Shah had seen him perform at the NSD and recommended him to Mahesh Mathai for Bhopal Express and to Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding. After the success of Monsoon Wedding, Raaz received many roles. His first mainstream film cast as the leading actor was Raghu Romeo, a box office success where Raaz depicts the life of a confused lower-class Indian fellow.
He came into light for his memorable performance in the movie Run. In which his Kauwa Biryani act became highly acclaimed. His performance in the movie got the cult status and was praised by the masses. He also played a major role in the film Delhi Belly, where he played a ruthless gangster. As a villain in the movie he has received much critical applause for his performance.
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar||Raju Bhai ki barat|
|2001||Monsoon Wedding||P. K. Dubey||Nominated for Best Comedian in Zee Cine Awards|
|2002||Shakti - The Power||Beeja|
|2002||Road||Mad wayfarer on road|
|2003||Mumbai Matinee||Baba Hindustani|
|2003||Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Chingar|
|2003||Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Ganpat (Narrator)|
|2003||Mudda - The Issue||Lemur|
|2004||Love In Nepal||Tony|
|2004||Run||Ganesh||Nominated for Best Performance in a Comic Role in Screen Weekly Awards|
|2004||Yuva||Friend Of Lallan Singh|
|2004||Aan: Men at Work||Waman|
|2004||Raghu Romeo||Raghu||National Award for Best Hindi Film|
|2004||Prarambh - The Beginning||Bholu|
|2004||Morning Raga||Mr. Shastri|
|2005||Mumbai Xpress||Digamber Bavdekar|
|2005||Deewane Huye Paagal||Carrenter (Rocky's friend)|
|2006||Fool and Final||Dinky (Munna's friend)|
|2006||Bombay To Goa||Dasa|
|2007||Dhamaal||Dev Kumar Malik|
|2008||Memsahab - Lost In A Mirage|
|2009||Delhi 6||Inspector Ranvijay|
|2009||Dekh Bhai Dekh||Charan|
|2009||Ek Se Bure Do|
|2009||Yeh Mera India||Noor|
|2010||No Problem||The man trying to die|
|2010||Ek Aadat||Natha Lal / Don|
|2010||West Is West||Tanvir|
|2011||Bin Bulaye Baraati||Chetta Singh|
|2011||Ek Tho Chance||Under Production|
|2011||Gali Gali Chor Hai||Chunnu Farista|
|2012||Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai||---|
|2012||Ata Pata Lapata||Munshiji|
|2014||Dedh Ishqiya||Jaan Mohammad||10 January 2014|
|2014||Mr Joe B. Carvalho||M.K|
|2014||Kya Dilli Kya Lahore||Rehmat Ali|
- Interview with Vijay Raaz
- "'Naseersaab recommended me for Monsoon Wedding'". Rediff. Retrieved December 18, 2001.
- "MAMI awards: Raghu Romeo is best film". Times of India. November 28, 2003.
- "Vijay Raaz & Bollywood drug scandals". Sify.