Luke Kenny

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Luke Kenny (born 14 June 1969) is an Indian actor, film director, producer, music director, composer and former VJ. Luke began his career as a DJ, followed by a successful stint as the first male VJ on Channel V.[1] He gained widespread recognition for his role in the 2008 rock musical drama Rock On!!.

Recently, Luke came back into prominence for his role as the hired mercenary Malcolm Murad in the Netflix India series Sacred Games.

Luke Kenny
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Luke Kenny at Soulmate performance, 2012
Born (1969-06-14) 14 June 1969 (age 50)
Years active1989 - Present
Known forRock On!!

Early and personal life[edit]

Luke was born in Kolkata into a mixed-ethnicity family. His Irish grandfather was originally from Burma who moved to India after WWII and married Luke's grandmother who was British. Luke's father Robert Kenny was born in Delhi and was also a musician. He later moved to Kolkata and married Luke's mother who was Italian.[2] Luke's parents got divorced when he was very young and he grew up in Mumbai with his father and grandfather, both of them musicians. Thus, Luke was interested in music since he was a kid. He took admission in Elphinstone College, Mumbai but left it mid-way in pursuit of a career in music.


Luke first started career as a dancer, influenced by Michael Jackson. He was spotted and later recruited by Arshad Warsi's dance crew. In 1991 he joined the rock band 'Greek' as a vocalist. Between 1993-1995, he had a small stint as a DJ. In 1995, he joined the newly-launched Channel V as their first male VJ. He became popular and had a long-term association with the channel.[3]
Luke got his first film break in the 1997 film 'Bombay Boys' alongside Naveen Andrews, albeit in a small role. Post this, Luke went back to Channel V and served as their head of music programming till 2008. In 2005 Luke Kenny turned director and producer with the film '13th Floor' starring Purab Kohli and Sandhya Mridul. The film was India's first digitally-released film and received appreciation in film festivals. Luke returned to acting with his breakthrough role in the 2008 film 'Rock On!!'. Portraying keyboardist Rob Nancy, the cult film made Luke a popular name. Luke has also been a contributor to many news columns. He used to write 'If I May Say So' for Hindustan Times and 'LukeBox' for Rolling Stone India. In 2011 he became the channel head of 9XO, a 24/7 international music channel owned by 9X Media. In 2013 he produced and starred in India's first zombie film, Rise of the Zombie.[4]
Luke recently reclaimed public attention with his acclaimed portrayal of Malcolm Murad, a hired mercenary, in the first Netflix India original series Sacred Games. Luke was part of the cast in both seasons of the show.


Year Title Actor Director Producer
1998 Bombay Boys Yes
2005 13th Floor Yes Yes
2008 Rock On!! Yes
2013 Rise of the Zombie Yes Yes
2017 Qarib Qarib Singlle Yes
2018- Sacred Games Yes
2020 Tanhaji Yes


  1. ^ "This Is What Our Favorite Channel V And MTV VJs Are Doing These Days". Firefly Daily. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ Lal, Niharika (22 November 2014). "I love Delhi, but not its people, says Luke Kenny - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Been creatively contributive whenever I could be: VJ Luke Kenny". Business Standard India. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Getting ready for Rise of Of The Zombie was painful: Luke Kenny - NDTV Movies". Retrieved 20 August 2019.