Rahul Khanna

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Rahul Khanna
Rahul Khanna at the launch of Van Heusen.
Born (1972-06-20) 20 June 1972 (age 48)
Alma materLee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
School of Visual Arts
OccupationActor, VJ, Writer
Years active1994–present
Parent(s)Vinod Khanna
Gitanjali Taleyar Khanna
RelativesAkshaye Khanna (Brother)
Sakshi Khanna (Half-Brother)
Shraddha Khanna (Half-Sister)

Rahul Khanna (born 20 June 1972) is an Indian film actor. He is the elder son of late Bollywood actor turned politician Vinod Khanna.

Early life and background[edit]

Khanna was born and raised in Mumbai. His father was a Bollywood star & a politician, Vinod Khanna, his mother was ex-model Gitanjali Taleyarkhan, and his younger brother is Bollywood actor, Akshaye Khanna.

Khanna studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


He made his feature film debut in Deepa Mehta's 1947 Earth (1999), alongside Aamir Khan. His performance earned him several awards including the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award.[1] He has since appeared in Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2003) and Wake up Sid starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma.

Rahul's mainstream Bollywood films include Elaan and Raqeeb and his international credits include The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline.


MTV Asia, VJ, 1994–1998

Asian Variety Show, Host, AVS TV Network, North America, 1999–2001

Discovery Week, Host, Discovery Channel, 2006

Khanna has also hosted numerous events like the IIFA Awards, the Miss India pageant, the Screen Awards, the Stardust (magazine) Awards, the Miss India Worldwide pageant, Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief show at Mumbai Fashion Week, the GQ (India) Men of the Year Awards 2009 & 2010, Teacher's Achievement Awards 2008 & 2010, The International Film Festival of India 2011, The Hello (magazine) Hall of Fame Awards 2011 and The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012, to name just a few.

Commercials and endorsements[edit]

Khanna has been associated with several brands including Toyota, Lay's Chips, Pepsi, DTC (Diamond Trading Company/ De Beers group), Trent (Westside), Tommy Hilfiger, Jaypee Group's Jaypee Greens, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Kiehl's, Maggi and Audi.

Khanna has appeared in a PETA India campaign to protect elephants and birds.


Khanna has a signature humorous writing style. Apart from writing for his own blog, his pieces and essays have been published in several leading newspapers, magazines and websites including Harper's Bazaar India, Vogue India, Cosmopolitan (magazine) India, Elle (India), GQ India, Marie Claire India, The Times of India, Deccan Herald and The Huffington Post India.


Year Title Role Director Other notes
1999 Earth Hassan Deepa Mehta Winner, Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
2001 3 AM Morris Lee Davis Spike Lee (Producer)
2002 Bollywood/Hollywood Rahul Seth Deepa Mehta
The Emperor's Club Deepak Mehta Michael Hoffman
2005 Elaan Karan Shah Vikram Bhatt
2007 Raqeeb Remo Matthews Anurag Singh Raj Kanwar (Producer)
2008 Tahaan Kuka Saheb Santosh Sivan Special appearance
Dil Kabaddi Veer Anil Senior
2009 Love Aaj Kal Vikram Joshi Imtiaz Ali Special appearance
Wake Up Sid Kabir Chaudhary Ayan Mukherjee Chief Editor of 'Mumbai Beats' Magazine
2013 Fireflies Shiv Sabal Singh Shekhawat


Year Title Role Director Other notes
2013 24 Tarun Khosla Abhinay Deo Season 01 Episode 10 & 11
2014 The Americans Yousaf Rana Stefan Schwartz Episode: "Yousaf"
2015 Daniel Sackheim Episode: "EST Men"
Episode: "Baggage (The Americans)"
Kevin Dowling Episode: "Salang Pass"
Andrew Bernstein (director) Episode: "One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov"
Daniel Sackheim Episode: "March 8, 1983"
2019 Leila Deepa Mehta


  1. ^ "Dear Rahul Khanna, Get A Life. And A Career". 10 August 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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