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Rahul Khanna at the launch of Van Heusen.
20 June 1972|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute |
School of Visual Arts
|Occupation||Actor, VJ, Writer|
Gitanjali Taleyar Khanna
Akshaye Khanna (Brother)|
Shakshi Khanna (Half-Brother)
Shraddha Khanna (Half-Sister)
Early life and background
Khanna was born and raised in Mumbai. His father was Bollywood star & politician, Vinod Khanna, his mother is ex-model Gitanjali Taleyarkhanna, and his younger brother is Bollywood actor, Akshaye Khanna.
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. He has since appeared in Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2003) and Wake up Sid starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma.
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
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.
|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 (film)||Shiv||Sabal Singh Shekhawat|
|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"|