Raaz at Bin Bulaye Baraati bash in 2011
5 June 1963
|Known for||Monsoon Wedding, Delhi Belly, Run, Journey Bombay to Goa, Dedh Ishqiya, Kaalakaandi|
Vijay Raaz (Hindi: विजय राज़) is an Indian film actor. His breakthrough came when he played the role of Dubeyji in the movie Monsoon Wedding in 2001. Raaz has been cast in small, often comedic roles in many Hindi movies, often depicting the character of a common man. 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. As a student of Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, he was a part of the dramatic society The Players. He also appeared in plays at the National School of Drama. He decided to focus on a film career and moved to Mumbai where he bagged 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 massive recognition for his comedic role in the 2004 film Run. In 2011, he played a ruthless gangster in Delhi Belly. His gruffy baritone voice makes Raaz a much sought after Voice-Over artist too. He has lent his voice to various films and ad commercials.
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar||Raju Bhai|
|2001||Monsoon Wedding||P. K. Dubey||Nominated for Best Comedian in Zee Cine Awards|
|2002||Shakti - The Power||Beeja|
|2002||Road||Mad wayfarer on road|
|2003||Mumbai Matinee||Baba Hindustani|
|2003||Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Chingar|
|2003||Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye||Ganpat (Narrator)|
|2003||Mudda - The Issue||Lemur|
|2004||Love in Nepal||Tony|
|2004||Run||Ganesh||Nominated for Best Performance in a Comic Role in Screen Weekly Awards|
|2004||Yuva||Friend Of Lallan Singh|
|2004||Aan: Men at Work||Waman|
|2004||Raghu Romeo||Raghu||National Award for Best Hindi Film|
|2004||Prarambh - The Beginning||Bholu|
|2004||Morning Raga||Mr. Shastri|
|2005||Mumbai Xpress||Digamber Bavdekar|
|2005||Deewane Huye Paagal||Carrenter (Rocky's friend)|
|2006||Fool and Final||Dinky (Munna's friend)|
|2006||Bombay To Goa||Dasa|
|2007||Dhamaal||Dev Kumar Malik|
|2008||Memsahab - Lost In A Mirage|
|2009||Delhi 6||Inspector Ranvijay|
|2009||Dekh Bhai Dekh||Charan|
|2009||Ek Se Bure Do|
|2009||Yeh Mera India||Noor|
|2010||No Problem||The man trying to die|
|2010||Ek Aadat||Natha Lal / Don|
|2010||West Is West||Tanvir|
|2011||Bin Bulaye Baraati||Chetta Singh|
|2011||Ek Tho Chance|
|2011||Gali Gali Chor Hai||Chunnu Farista|
|2012||Daal Mein Kuch||---|
|2012||Ata Pata Lapata||Munshiji|
|2014||Dedh Ishqiya||Jaan Mohammad|
|2014||Mr Joe B. Carvalho||M.K|
|2014||Kya Dilli Kya Lahore||Rehmat Ali|
|2014||O Teri||Bhanwar Singh Kilol|
|2015||Kaaki Sattai||Durai||Tamil film|
|2015||Second Hand Husband||Inspector Rakesh|
|2015||Monsoon Mangoes||Prem Kumar||Malayalam Film|
|2015||Baankey Ki Crazy Baraat||Lallan|
|2016||Sanam Teri Kasam||Stylist|
|2016||Santa Banta Pvt Ltd||Arvind|
|2016||Dishoom||Khabri Chacha (cameo)|
|2018||Ferrous (film)||"The Cleaner"|
|2018||Nawabzaade||Inspector Kathor SIngh|
- Interview with Vijay Raaz Archived 13 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
- ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ is a very emotional film: Vijay Raaz
- "'Naseersaab recommended me for Monsoon Wedding'". Rediff. Retrieved 18 December 2001.
- "A commoner in tinsel town". The Hindu. 13 June 2004. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
- "MAMI awards: Raghu Romeo is best film". Times of India. 28 November 2003.
- "Vijay Raaz & Bollywood drug scandals". Sify.