Maradona Rebello at the premiere of Pankh
31 May 1986 |
Maradona Rebello (born 31 May 1986) is an Indian actor who works in the Bollywood film industry. Rebello's first name was kept by his father after being inspired by the footballer Diego Maradona. After acting in theatres in school and a brief career in modelling, Rebello's film career began with the 2010 film Pankh. During the same year breaking into 2010 with ad campaigns for Global Brands like Close Up, Axe Deo and L'Oreal Maradona Rebello is one of the most sought after male commercial faces in the country. The Close Up (Paas aao na) Revolving door Ad featuring Maradona Rebello successfully was aired for 6 years across different countries. With his boyish good looks, Maradona Rellelo is not just a model but a terrific actor too. He received fantastic reviews for his portrayal of Jerry da Cunha in his critically acclaimed film ‘Pankh” as the protagonist opp Bipasha Basu and Lillette Dubey.
Life and career
1986–2008: Early life
Rebello was named after the footballer Diego Maradona, during the Quarter Final between Argentina and England, in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Where on one hand Diego Maradona scored "the goal of the century", back in India, Maradona Rebello was born. His father, who is a sports manager, was inspired by Diego Maradona's winning goal and named his son as Maradona.< While Rebello was always passionate about acting, he was all set to pursue medicine after his Higher Secondary studies. He even acted in plays such as An Evening With Shakespeare and Actors which was staged at the National Gallery of Modern Art. He said, "once did a play An Evening with Shakespeare and Actors. There was a scene where Romeo is mesmerised by Juliet when he sees her for the first time. I’ve said those lines a million times." Rebello's modelling career took off by chance when he was spotted by a model coordinator outside a cinema hall and was signed up for assignments. Rebello also auditioned for the 2009 film Slumdog Millionaire and met director Danny Boyle, but was rejected because Boyle thought that his looks were not Indian enough to meet his characterization.
2009–present: Bollywood debut with Pankh
While doing BMM (Bachelors in Mass Media) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Rebello got an offer from Sudipto Chattopadhay to audition for the upcoming film Pankh. He went for the audition and gave his shots, but was apprehensive to join the Bollywood film industry, because he believed in a different image of Bollywood—one with romance and drama.
Rebello played the character of a 20-year-old boy named Jerry, who used to act in girl roles when he was young.
Rebello used to be in dramatics in school and did modelling while he was in college. Hence, he was associated with the world of acting and stardom from a young age. His primary influences have been actors Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. His other inspirations are Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law.
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