Actor / Director / Producer Hindi

Rahul Bose

Rahul Bose Biography

Born : 27 July 1967, in Kolkata, India

Height: 5' 7″ (1.7 m)




Rahul Bose

Indian actor, director and social activist Rahul Bose has been a prominent actor in alternative Indian cinema particularly during the 1990s and early 2000s. During this time, Bose worked in a number of off-beat films such as Kaizad Gustad's Bombay Boys (1998), Dev Benegal's Split Wide Open (1999), and Aparna Sen's Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002). Born in Kolkata to Rupen and Kumud Bose, Rahul Bose spent his formative years in Bombay with his family. While in school, Bose participated in theatre and after his graduation, he began working as a copy writer following which, he found a job in advertising. Bose made his debut as an actor with English, August (1994), which was based on Upamanyu Chatterjee’s novel of the same name. The film brought Bose critical acclaim within domestic as well as international circuits. English, August (1994) went on to become the first Indian film bought by Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox. During the late 1990s Bose also delved into television with India's first English language soap, A Mouthful of Sky and co-hosted BBC’s Style with Laila Rouass.

Rahul Bose went on to make his directorial debut with Everyone Says I’m Fine (2000). The film was a moderate success, but continued to project Bose as the new face of the alternative cinema movement in India. During this time, Bose worked in critically acclaimed films such as Split Wide Open (1999), Water (2006), and The Japanese Wife (2010). Despite the reputation, Bose did not restrict his work to these unconventional roles, and also performed in mainstream cinema with films like Thakshak (1999), Jhankar Beats (2003), Chameli (2003), Pyaar ke Side Effects (2006), and Vishvaroopam (2012). He recently played a supporting role in the well-acclaimed film Dil Dhadakne Do (2015).

Bose worked in a number of Bengali films during this time. His most famous films include Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Anuranan (2006), Kaalpurush (2008) and Antaheen (2009). Rahul Bose has also worked in a number of international collaborations with films like Before the Rains (2008) and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight's Children (2012).

Besides his work in cinema and theatre, Bose is a rugby player. He has worked with a number of NGOs and social welfare groups for the promotion of education and gender equality. He has also been a vocal proponent for gay rights as well as other social causes that include the Narmada Bachao Andolan. He has also worked in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after Tsunami hit the coast, an initiative undertaken by his NGO, The Foundation. He won a number of international and national awards for these endeavours, including the Youth Icon Award for Social Justice and Welfare in 2009, the Green Globe Foundation Award in 2010, and the Lt. Governor's Commendation Award in 2012.