Vijay Raaz (born 5 June 1963) is an Indian actor, film director, narrator, and comedian. His breakthrough came when he played the role of Dubeyji in the movie Monsoon Wedding in 2001. In 2014, he debuted as a director with Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.
Early life and career
Raaz was born in Delhi on 5 June 1963. During his studies at P.G.D.A.V. College, University of Delhi, he was a part of the dramatic society. He decided to focus on film career and moved to Mumbai where he gained a small but significant role in Ram Gopal Varma's Jungle. Naseeruddin Shah had seen him perform at the NSD and recommended him to Mahesh Mathai for Bhopal Express and to Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding. After the success of Monsoon Wedding, Raaz received many roles. His first mainstream film cast as the leading actor was Raghu Romeo, a box-office success where Raaz depicts the life of a confused lower-class Indian fellow.
Raaz garnered recognition for his comedic role in the 2004 film Run. In 2011, he played a ruthless gangster in Delhi Belly. His gruff baritone voice has been used in voice-over work, including films and commercials.
|Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar||Raju Bhai|
|Monsoon Wedding||P. K. Dubey||Nominated for Best Comedian in Zee Cine Awards|
|Shakti: The Power||Beeja|
|Road||Mad wayfarer on road|
|2003||Paanch||Anish Ranjan (Nikhil's Father)|
|Mumbai Matinee||Baba Hindustani|
|Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Chingar|
|Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Ganpat (Narrator)|
|Khel – No Ordinary Game|
|Mudda – The Issue||Lemur|
|2004||Love in Nepal||Tony|
|Run||Ganesh||Nominated for Best Performance in a Comic Role in Screen Weekly Awards|
|Aan: Men at Work||Waman|
|Raghu Romeo||Raghu||National Award for Best Hindi Film|
|Prarambh - The Beginning||Bholu|
|Morning Raga||Mr. Shastri||English Movies|
|American Daylight||Pratap (Pat)|
|2005||Mumbai Xpress||Digamber Bavdekar|
|Deewane Huye Paagal||Car-renter (Rocky's friend)|
|2007||Fool & Final||Dinky (Munna's friend)|
|Bombay To Goa||Dasa|
|Dhamaal||Dev Kumar "DK" Malik|
|2008||Hari Puttar||Rajesh Kapadia|
|Memsahab - Lost In A Mirage|
|2009||Delhi 6||Inspector Ranvijay|
|Dekh Bhai Dekh||Charan|
|Ek Se Bure Do|
|Yeh Mera India||Noor|
|2010||No Problem||The man trying to die|
|Ek Aadat||Natha Lal / Don|
|West Is West||Tanvir|
|2011||Bin Bulaye Baraati||Chetta Singh|
|Ek Tho Chance|
|Gali Gali Chor Hai||Chunnu Farista|
|Daal Mein Kuch|
|Ata Pata Lapata||Munshiji|
|2014||Dedh Ishqiya||Jaan Mohammad|
|Mr Joe B. Carvalho||M.K|
|Kya Dilli Kya Lahore||Rehmat Ali|
|O Teri||Bhanwar Singh Kilol|
|2015||Kaaki Sattai||Durai||Tamil film|
|Second Hand Husband||Inspector Rakesh|
|Monsoon Mangoes||Prem Kumar||Malayalam Film|
|Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat||Lallan|
|2016||Sanam Teri Kasam||Mustaqeen|
|Santa Banta Pvt Ltd||Arvind|
|Dishoom||Khabri Chacha (cameo)|
|Pataakha||Shanti Bhushan Meena|
|Nawabzaade||Inspector Kathor Singh|
|2019||Gully Boy||Aftab Sheikh|
|Chopsticks||Faiyaz bhai||Netflix Film|
|Made in Heaven (TV series)||Jauhari||Web series|
|Dream Girl||Inspector Rajpal Kirar|
|Officer Arjun Singh IPS Batch 2000||Kundan|
|Kanpuriye||Lampat Harami||Hotstar Specials Film|
|2020||Gulabo Sitabo||Gyanesh Shukla||Released on Amazon Prime Video|
|Lootcase||Bala Rathore||Hotstar Film|
|PariWar- pyaar ke aagey war||Gangaram||Arre Web series|
|Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari||Chinmay Godbole|
|2021||Sherni||Hassan Noorani||Released on Amazon Prime Video|
|Toofaan||Jafar Bhai||Special appearance|
Released on Amazon Prime Video
|Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai?||Sanjeev Nagraj||Released on ZEE5|
|Pagli Shaadi Go Dadi||Vikas|
|2022||Gangubai Kathiawadi||Razia Bai|||
|36 Farmhouse||Raunak Singh||Released on ZEE5|
|Janhit Mein Jaari|
- Interview with Vijay Raaz Archived 13 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- "'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' review: Vijay Raaz's directorial debut isn't perfect, but watchable". News18. 2 May 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
- "'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' is a very emotional film: Vijay Raaz". The Indian Express. 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
- "'Naseersaab recommended me for Monsoon Wedding'". Rediff. Archived from the original on 27 August 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2001.
- "A commoner in tinsel town". The Hindu. 13 June 2004. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
- "MAMI awards: Raghu Romeo is best film". The Times of India. 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Upcoming Web Series: जबरदस्त एक्टर्स ने मिलकर बनाया 'परिवार', हॉटस्टार पर होगा कॉमेडी का 'वॉर'". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). 21 September 2020. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
- "Vidya Balan starrer Sherni to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in June 2021". Bollywood Hungama. 17 May 2021. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
- "Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi to release on January 6, 2022". Bollywood Hungama. 30 September 2021. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
- "Shabaash Mithu new poster: Taapsee Pannu stuns as Mithali Raj, release date revealed". Firstpost. 3 December 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.