|Born||17 May 1962|
|Died||20 March 2014 (aged 51)|
Ragesh Asthana (17 May 1962 – 20 March 2014) was an Indian actor who acted in several Hindi television serials such as Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo and Palampur Express, Katputli and was last seen in Gumraah on Channel V.
Ragesh debuted as an actor in 1987 in the serial Subah, directed by Bharat Rungachary, where he played the character of "Appu Swami". Ragesh had initially auditioned for the role of another character "Prem", but was rejected. He then tried for the next best role available and during the audition enacted a soliloquy from one of the plays that he had earlier acted in, which helped him bag the role of "Appu Swami". He also featured in a Doordarshan serial called Inkaar, which had an anti-drugs social message. He played the role of the protagonist's best friend, who helped him to come back to normal life after the latter gave up drug addiction.
Television and films
After the success of Subah, Ragesh was offered similar roles to the character he played in Subah, which caused him to reject such roles. During this time, he played small roles in episodic stories like Discovery of India by Shyam Benegal and Adhikar by Manju Sinha. After a long gap, he received the role of the rebellious Nikhil Singhani in the television series Parivartan (1993), which was telecast on Zee TV.
- I Don't Luv U (2013)
- The Victim - Lawyer
- Shabri (2011) - Shardool Seth
- Rakta Charitra II (2010) - Jailor
- 340 (2009) - Store Keeper
- Taxi No. 9211: Nau Do Gyarah (2006) - Car owner
- Black Friday (2004) - Mohammad Dossa
- Jaal: The Trap (2003) - Ajay's brother-in-law
- Chhal (2002) - Inspector Patil
- Waqt Hamara Hai (1993)
- Divya Shakti (1993)...Sunil Gupta only Photo in photo frame (Uncredited)
- Radha Ka Sangam (1992)
- Gumrah: End of Innocence (2012)
- Palampur Express (2009) - Ravikant Dixit
- Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo (2009–11)
- Equador (TV Mini-Series) (2009) - Joghind
- Dharini (2002)
- Waqt ki Raftaar (1999)
- Bombay Blue (TV Mini-Series) (1997) - Cop 1
- Parivartan (1993) - Nikhil Singhani
- Aahat Season 1(1995-2001) Episode 36,37 The Wish/ Episode96,97 Trespasser/Episode 130,131 Kirdaar/Episode 212,213 Tohfa/Episode 214,215 The Last wish
- Zee Horror Show (TV Series) (1994 – 95)
- Subah (TV Series) (1987)
Ragesh Asthana died on 20 March 2014 in Mumbai due to a heart attack.
- Bhopatkar, Tejashree (20 March 2014). "Ragesh Asthana passes away!". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Priya Bhatija & Rajesh Asthana in Gumrah". The Times of India. 4 December 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Ragesh Asthana on Metro Masti".
- "Ragesh TV Beginnings".