Rahul Roy

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Rahul Roy
Rahul Roy at Panache Club Launch
Rahul Roy at Panache Club Launch
Born (1968-02-09) 9 February 1968 (age 47)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Other names Rahul Roy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Rajalaxmi 2000-2014

Rahul Roy[1] (born 9 February 1968) is an Indian film actor, who works in Bollywood films. He became famous after his debut in the hit Mahesh Bhatt production Aashiqui (1990), where he was helped by the music of Nadeem Shravan, with Kumar Sanu's vocals.

In 2006, by public vote Roy won the first season of game show Bigg Boss – the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, currently produced by Endemol India for Colors viacom 18.

Acting career[edit]

Rahul began his acting career in the 1990 film Aashiqui, a Mahesh Bhatt production as the lead actor with newcomer Anu Agarwal. It was a hit and made him a popular actor.

He appeared opposite Karishma Kapoor in Sudhakar Bokade's romantic film Sapne Sajan Ke (1992).

Roy delivered a notable performance in Mahesh Bhatt's autobiographical Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, in which Roy's character was based on the filmmaker. The film was Zee TV's first mainstream production and was based on Bhatt's love story with the late actress Parveen Babi. The movie had strong performances from the lead pair, Rahul Roy and Pooja Bhatt, with music by Anu Malik.

Rahul Roy featured in Bhatt's production Jaanam, which was Vikram Bhatt's directorial debut. Rahul Roy was amongst the first actors setting up the long hair stylo in Bollywood.

During the early 1990s Roy worked in several romantic films that did not do well, although his performances in Majhdhaar, Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare and Pyar Ka Saaya were liked.

His best film performance was considered to be Junoon, in which he turned into a tiger at night. He was definitely not nominated for the Best Actor at the 1992 Filmfare Awards.

In the late 1990s, Roy played parts as a supporting actor in hit movies since his films as a lead actor had flopped. New film offers diminished and few films that he had signed after Aashiqui were being shelved. A promising project like K. Balchander's Dilon Ka Rishta never saw the light due to the death of producer R. C. Prakash; another important project, Ayudh, was hit by the director's untimely death. Among other films shelved were Premabhishek, Tune Mera Dil Le Liya with Raveena Tandon, N. R. Pachisia's Dil Diya Chori Chori with Karishma Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt's Kalyug, Harry Baweja's Vajra with Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shirodkar and Jab Jab Dil Mile with Karishma Kapoor and Naghma. Roy was to play the male lead in Mahesh Bhatt's Khilona, the Bollywood remake of the Kevin Costner thriller Revenge, but that was shelved as well.

During the mid-1990s Sudhakar Bokade, producer of Saajan, who had earlier worked with Roy in Sapne Sajan Ke, decided to produce Mera Juta Hai Japani. Roy was due to make his directorial debut with the movie, for which Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff were signed. However, Bokade could not raise the money to complete the film. Roy also made Phir Kabhi with director Balwant Dullat, and he delivered a fine villainous performance in Dharma Karma, which also featured veteran actors Dharmendra and Jeetendra.

Roy did not appear in films for several years. He returned to acting after four years in Meri Aashiqui (2005), in which he played the lead. His most recent films are the comedy Naughty Boy (2006) and Rafta Rafta, in which he portrayed the role of an underworld Don. He also appeared on the television program Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2006. He won the game show by public votes on 26 January 2007.

Rahul Roy has ventured into movie production. His company, Rahul Roy Productions, released its first movie, entitled Elaan, on 25 November 2011 in Bihar. The film starred Roy and Rituparna Sen as the main leads.

Year 2015 marks the return of Rahul Roy in Indian mainstream cinema. He portrayed the male lead in psychological the thriller To B or Not to B.[2] He played a negative role in the psychological thriller tentatively titled 100 crore. Roy has been quoted as saying that his role is reminiscent to the one he portrayed in Junoon, which is regarded as Roy's career best performance.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Roy was born in Kolkata, West Bengal to Deepak and Indira Roy and educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar. His maternal uncle is Cory Walia, a renowned name in tinsel town, and on the fashion circuit.[4] He is married to Rajlakshmi Khanvilkar (Rani), a fashion model.[5] On July 26, 2014 Rahul Roy and Rajlakshmi filed for divorce [6]

Roy has been honoured with life membership of the International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Aashiqui Rahul [7]
1991 Pyaar Ka Saaya Avinash 'Avi' Saxena [8]
1991 Baarish [9]
1992 Junoon Vikram [10]
1992 Ghazab Tamasha Sita Ram [11]
1992 Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare Rahul [12]
1992 Jaanam Amar S. Rao [13]
1992 Sapne Sajan Ke Deepak [14]
1993 Pehla Nasha Self-filmography [15]
1993 Gumrah Rahul Malhotra Miscellaneous Crew-filmography [16]
1993 Bhookamp [17]
1993 Game Vijay [18]
1993 Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee Rahul [19]
1994 Hanste Khelte Rahul Chopra [20]
1996 Majhdhaar Krishna [21]
1996 Megha Akash [22]
1997 Dharma Karma Kumar [23]
1997 Naseeb Deepak [24]
1998 Achanak Vijay Nanda [25]
1999 Phir Kabhi Vikram [26]
2000 Tune Mera Dil Le Liya Vijay [27]
2001 Afsana Dilwalon Ka Anwar [28]
2006 Bipasha - The Black Beauty (film) Lawyer
2006 Naughty Boy (film) Singhania [29]
2010 Crime Partner
2010 Ada...A Way of Life
2014 2B or not to B Nikhil
2015 Har Story


  1. ^ "Rahul Roy-Actors-Bollywood-Celeb Interview Archives-Indiatimes Chat". Chatinterviews.indiatimes.com. 15 October 2004. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  2. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Aashiqui-star-Rahul-Roy-returns-to-films/articleshow/27189769.cms
  3. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/screen/rahul-roy-to-play-a-negative-role-in-100-crores/
  4. ^ Himachal Pradesh Residential schools: Smart learning at tribuneindia.com, accessed 11 March 2012
  5. ^ Deepti Sharma (12 September 2000). "Rahul Roy ties the knot". Apunkachoice.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  6. ^ "http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/news/type/view/id/2586908/Rahul%20Roy%20divorces%20wife%20Rajalaxmi". 
  7. ^ "Aashiqui". Internet Movie Database. August 1990. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Pyaar Ka Saaya". Internet Movie Database. 29 November 1991. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Baarish". Internet Movie Database. 1991. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Junoon". Internet Movie Database. 18 September 1992. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Ghazab Tamasha". Internet Movie Database. 1 May 1992. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  12. ^ "Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare". Internet Movie Database. 1992. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  13. ^ "Jaanam". Internet Movie Database. 1992. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  14. ^ "Sapne Sajan Ke". Internet Movie Database. 1992. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  15. ^ "Pehla Nasha". Internet Movie Database. 13 August 1993. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  16. ^ "Gumrah". Internet Movie Database. 3 August 1993. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  17. ^ "Bhookamp". Internet Movie Database. 6 April 1993. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  18. ^ "Game". Internet Movie Database. 1993. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  19. ^ "Phir Teri Kahani Yad Aayee". Internet Movie Database. 1993. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  20. ^ "Hanste Khelte". Internet Movie Database. 1994. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  21. ^ "Majhdhaar". Internet Movie Database. 29 March 1996. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  22. ^ "Megha". Internet Movie Database. 29 March 1996. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  23. ^ "Dharma Karma". ajajajajaInternet Movie Database. 1997. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  24. ^ "Naseeb". Internet Movie Database. 1997. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  25. ^ "Achanak". Internet Movie Database. 12 June 1998. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  26. ^ "Phir Kabhi". Internet Movie Database. 6 February 1999. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  27. ^ "Tune Mera Dil Le Liyaa". Internet Movie Database. 2000. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  28. ^ "Afsana Dilwalon Ka". Internet Movie Database. 2001. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  29. ^ "IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 

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