Happy Birthday – Rahul Bose – Actor, Sportsperson and Social Activist
He turns 53 years old today but has the metabolism of a 28-year-old, through his passion for fitness. He is an excellent actor who has even been acclaimed as a Superstar in Indian Arthouse Movies by Time Magazine. He has represented India in the sport of Rugby. He runs an NGO named The Foundation that works against discrimination and regularly participates in relief operations. Let us wish Rahul Bose, born on 27th July, 1967 a very Happy Birthday.
Born to Rupen and Kumud Bose, Rahul first acted in a school play at the age of six. He also had a huge inclination for sports and was trained in Rugby and Boxing from childhood. He even played serious Cricket and had the honour of being trained under the guidance of legendary Indian Captain ‘Tiger’ Pataudi. He completed his school from Cathedral and John Connon School and then graduated from Sydenham College, both in Mumbai. He represented his college team in Rugby and also was a medal winner in boxing at the Western India Championships. After his mother’s demise, he started his career in Rediffusion initially as a copywriter and soon got promoted to Advertising Creative Director.
Following the release of his first movie, English August, he gave up his job and focused totally on his acting career. The movie worked wonders for him, it won him international recognition and the film was the first Indian movie to be purchased and marketed by 20th Century Fox. He, then shifted to the small screen with an English TV serial called ‘A Mouthful of Sky’ and also co-hosted a program for BBC World called ‘Style’.
His film career launched after that – he was a Method actor, who would actually try to live the life of the characters he portrayed, just to come out with the perfect performance. He could be hilarious in some roles like Jhankaar Beats and Pyar Ke Side Effects that would make you cry from excessive laughing but he could also portray pain with equal acumen as was displayed in a movie like Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. He was menacing as a villain as well; Bollywood woke up to this fact when his role in Thakshak won him excellent reviews and even sidelined to a certain extent the performance of the protagonist in the movie played by well-established actor Ajay Devgan.
He has always experimented with characters and subjects as can be seen in many characters he played, which include:
- Split Wide Open, where he played a water vendor.
- Chameli, where he was a Chain-smoking Mumbai banker, stranded in Mumbai rains with a prostitute, played by Kareena Kapoor, for company.
- Trio of Bengali movies Anuranan, Kaalpurush and Antaheen, each depicting different relationship facets.
- The menacing villain in Tamil movie Vishwaroopam, where he matched the legend Kamala Hassan in every frame.
- A lawyer in Shaurya, a movie inspired by the Hollywood Classic ‘A Few Good Men’.
He has also written and directed movies including Poorna, which was the story of the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. He continues to make selective appearances in movies and you can rest assured that any movie he is part of, will be rich in content.
The sportsperson in him still lives on and he gives huge attention to his fitness regime. He had represented India in Rugby over a 11-year period from 1998 till 2008.
His social activism and participation in relief activities has been widely appreciated, particularly the initiative taken by him during the Tsunami that hit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He strongly battles against discrimination through his NGO and has been a speaker advocating gender equality in forums that include the Oxford University and the World Youth Peace summit. He has often participated in fund-raising activities whenever any part of the country has been struck by natural disasters.
Let us wish this man with outstanding all-round qualities a very Happy Birthday!
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