Rahul Roy was born on February 9, 1968, to Deepak and Indira Roy. His maternal uncle is Corey Walia, a renowned name in Bollywood and the fashion circuit. All pictures/mid-day archives and YouTube
Rahul Roy co-debuted with Anu Aggarwal in 1990 with Mahesh Bhatt's directorial 'Aashiqui' a romantic musical, which transformed him into an overnight sensation. His debut film introduced the 'Rahul Roy haircut' in the salons. He set the trend of long silky black hair with a clean-shaven face. His unique Aashiqui style haircut left a mark that nobody can ever forget.
Following the success of his debut 'Aashiqui', Rahul Roy worked in several romantic films that did not do well, although his performances in 'Majhdhaar', 'Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare', 'Pyar Ka Saaya' (a remake of the Hollywood blockbuster 'Ghost') and 'Jaanam' were liked.
Post Rahul Roy's stint in Sapne Saajan Ke (1992), opposite Karisma Kapoor, the actor received a lot of roles, despite the film's average performance at the box office. His notable role in Mahesh Bhatt's 1993 autobiographical Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee, Roy's character was based on the filmmaker. The film was Zee TV's first mainstream production. Roy then featured in Bhatt's production Jaanam, which was Vikram Bhatt's directorial debut.
After starring in romantic roles mostly, Rahul Roy went against type in 'Junoon' (1992) in which he co-starred with Pooja Bhatt and Avinash Wadhawan. The film was a horror-thriller in which he was cast as the antagonist. Rahul's portrayal as a man who transforms into a tiger earned him plaudits from fans and critics and even a Filmfare Award nomination.
After Aashiqui, Roy signed a number of films. Apart from Junoon, most of them did not work. A lot of the films he had signed ended up being shelved. In fact, K.Balachander's project 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. Pictured, Rahul Roy with Mamta Kulkarni in a still from 'Bhookamp' (1993). The film also starred Jeetendra and Deepa Sahi.
This was not all for this chocolate boy's career to end in the world of showbiz. Among other films that were 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 Nagma.
The days were not far when the actor started disappearing from the silver screen slowly. Rahul Roy once again tried his luck was to play the male lead in Mahesh Bhatt's Khilona, the Bollywood remake of the Kevin Costner thriller Revenge, which was shelved as well. Roy returned to acting after four years in Meri Aashiqui (2005), in which he played the lead. He also starred in the comedy flick Naughty Boy (2006) and Rafta Rafta, in where he portrayed the role of an underworld Don.
In 2006, by public vote, Roy won the first season of game show Bigg Boss – the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, produced by Endemol India for Colors Viacom 18. In 1993, Rahul Roy starred alongside Pooja Bhatt in 'Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee' in which his role was inspired by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt himself.
Rahul Roy once again kickstarted his journey to the Hindi cinema after a long gap with film Welcome to Russia, has announced the production of a new film under his home banner Rahul Roy Productions. The film was a social drama and was directed by Virendra Lalit. Pictured, Rahul Roy on the sets of 'Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee'.
Talking about his comeback project back in 2017, Rahul Roy said in a statement: "The film is on army backdrop but the subject is relevant to today's time as it deals with integrity, duty and honour towards society, family, country and fellow beings. The music will be by Shaan, Kailash Kher, and a few more singers. The film will be youthful and entertaining without being preachy." Pictured is Rahul Roy with Sridevi and Sanjay Dutt on the sets of 'Gumrah' (1993).
Talking about his big hiatus from the industry, Rahul Roy explained what he did in his free time back then. "All this while I was in Australia, assisting my brother in his organic soyabean business, albeit in a small way. Due to permanent residency issues, I couldn't stay in Mumbai for long, which meant I couldn't take up movies," he said in an interview in 2017. Now that he's back in India, Roy hopes to spend his time gainfully. "I have signed five films, two of these are being launched by my own production company." Pictured, Rahul Roy with Pooja Bedi at the 100 days celebration of the film 'Lootere'.
Rahul Roy is set to act in an international film 'Night and Fog' which is directed by Tanvir Ahmad. The film is an autobiography on the director's journey in cinema where the film will show Tanvir's knowledge of cinema and his struggle to know what actual cinema is. Pictured is Rahul Roy with co-stars Vikram Razdan and Sheeba on the sets of the film 'Baarish'.
Night and Fog is making of a film within a film where Tanvir's character will be essayed by Rahul Roy and Telly fame Aayush Shah known for Mahabharat, Navya, and Uttaran because of which he has an international fan following in Indonesia, South Africa, and Russia will be essaying Tanvir's son's character. Pictured, Rahul Roy with Lisa Ray in a still from 1994 supernatural comedy 'Hanste Khelte'.
Night And Fog revolves around these two major characters, the first schedule of the film is over which was shot in Bandra in an apartment and now they will be heading towards the second schedule soon. The film will be in English and French which will be released worldwide. We wish the team luck and hope to see the film on the screen soon. Pictured is Rahul Roy with Meenakshi Seshadhri at the launch of the film 'Mallika'.
Let's take a look on Rahul Roy's journey in B-town through these candid pictures:
Rahul Roy with frequent co-star Pooja Bhatt at a party. They collaborated in 'Junoon', 'Jaanam' and 'Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee'.
Rahul Roy with actress Bhagyashree, her husband Himalay Dasani and Viven Shah.
Rahul Roy signing autographs for fans.
Rahul Roy with Suman Ranganathan. They were linked-up in the 1990s.
Rahul Roy with his then-wife Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar at their wedding reception.
Rahul Roy wed former model Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar in 2000. They divorced in 2014.
Rahul Roy and wife Rajlaxmi Khanvilkar at an event.
Rahul Roy in conversation with Jimmy Nirula.
Rahul Roy with actress Asha at the launch of the Marathi film 'Chhava'. He was set to make his foray into Marathi filmdom with the movie but it never materialised.
Rahul Roy participated in the first season of the popular reality TV show 'Bigg Boss' in 2006 and won
Rahul Roy signed a number of films in the late 90s and early 2000s but most of them were either shelved or failed to do well at the box-office.
Here's wishing a very happy birthday to Rahul Roy!
He charmed his way into people's hearts with a series of romantic sagas in the '90s. As Rahul Roy turns 52 on February 9, let's take a look at his candid pictures and a remarkable journey so far!
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