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Rahul Khanna (born 20 June, 1972) is an Indian actor.

Early life and background

Khanna was born in Mumbai. His father is Bollywood matinee idol (and ex-MP) Vinod Khanna and his brother is Bollywood actor, Akshaye Khanna.

He was raised in Mumbai and went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


Khanna began his career as a VJ (video jockey) with MTV Asia. His immense popularity across Asia was established by continuously tremendous press and reviews.

He made his feature film debut in the film 1947 Earth, alongside Aamir Khan . His performance garnered him several awards including the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Debut (2000). He has since also appeared in Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2003).

Rahul's mainstream Bollywood films include Elaan and Raqeeb.

He has also been seen on stage in the New York production of the hit West-End play, East is East.

Rahul’s other international credits include The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline.


East is East, New York 1999. The American production of the hit West-End play was produced by the New Group & Manhattan Theatre Clubmarker. Directed by Scott Elliott (A Map of the World), Rahul’s performance as Tariq, the rebellious son of a Pakistani father and British mother, won him acclaim from audiences and critics, alike.


MTV Asia, VJ, 1994 - 1998

Discovery Week, host, Discovery Channel, 2006

Rahul has also hosted numerous high profile events like the IIFA Awards, the Miss India pageant, the Screen Awards, the Stardust Awards, the Miss India Worldwide pageant, Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief show at Mumbai Fashion Week and the GQ (India) Men of the Year Awards 2009.

Commercials & Endorsements

A popular choice for commercial endorsements, Rahul has been associated with several leading brands including Toyota, Lay's Chips, Pepsi, DTC (Diamond Trading Company/ De Beers group), Trent , Tommy Hilfiger and Audi.


  • Wake up Sid, 2009, With: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma

  • Love Aaj Kal, 2009, With: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Dir: Imtiaz Ali

  • Dil Kabaddi, 2008, With: Irrfan Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkona Sen Sharma & Soha Ali Khan.

  • Tahaan, 2008, Dir: Santosh Sivan

  • Elaan, 2005, Dir: Vikram Bhatt

  • The Emperor's Club, 2002, With: Kevin Kline, Dir: Michael Hoffman (Midsummer’s Night Dream, One Fine Day, Soap Dish)

  • 3AM, 2001, With: Danny Glover and Pam Grier. Produced for the Showtime premium cable network, 3AM was screened at the Sundance Film Festival prior to its broadcast debut, where it earned an enthusiastic reception.

  • Earth, 1999, Dir: Deepa Mehta. Earth won the Prix Premiere du Public at the Festival du Film Asiatique de Deauville, France in March, 1999 and the Critics’ Award at the Schermi d’Ambre International Film Festival, Italy in April of the same year.


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Filmfare Awards

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