|Profession(s)||Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Rugby Player, Social Activist|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Debut||Play: Topsy Turvey (1989)
Film (Hinglish): English, August (1994)
Film (Producer): Poorna: Courage Has No Limit (2017)
TV: A Mouthful of Sky (1995)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• “Artiste for Change” Karmaveer Puraskaar Award (2007)
• IBN Eminent Citizen Journalist Award (2008)
• Youth Icon Award for Social Justice and Welfare (2009)
• Green Globe Foundation Award for Extraordinary Work by a Public Figure (2010)
• Hakim Khan Sur Award for National Integration – Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (2012)
• Lt. Governor’s Commendation Award for services to Andaman & Nicobar Islands (2012)
|Date of Birth||27 July 1967 (Thursday)|
|Age (as in 2020)||53 Years|
|Birthplace||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Hometown||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|School||Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai|
|College/University||Sydenham College, Mumbai|
|Hobbies||Reading, Watching Cricket|
|Controversy||Rahul Bose attracted criticism when he made a statement regarding the Nirbhaya rape case. The actor said that the rapists should be given a chance to 'reform' if they show genuine remorse and guilt for their heinous act. Even after media backlash, Bose refused to apologize for his comments. Times of India|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Nafisa Joseph (Late actress & model)
|Parents||Father- Rupen Bose (Marketing Consultant)
Mother- Kumud Bose
Sister- Anuradha Bose Ansari
|Food||Shami Kebabs, Baingan Ka Bharta|
|Dessert||Haagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate Ice-cream|
|Actress||Konkona Sen Sharma|
|Musicians/Bands||Radiohead, Bhimsen Joshi, Billie Holiday|
|Books||Ulysses by James Joyce, Brando: The Biography by Peter Manso, Elia Kazan: A Life, The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh|
|Authors/Writers||Haruki Murakami, Bruce Chatwin, Anthony Bourdain|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rahul Bose
- Rahul Bose is an Indian actor, screenwriter, director, rugby player, and social activist.
- He was born in a well-to-do family in Kolkata.
- He was interested in sports and acting even as a child. In a school play, he led a play performing the role of ‘Tom”, The Piper’s Son.
- Rahul wanted to pursue his graduation from America, but got rejected from everywhere he applied.
- Disappointed, but not disheartened, he enrolled himself with Sydenham College in Mumbai.
- While pursuing his graduation, he took part in Rugby. Rahul also participated in Western India Championships, bagging a silver laurel in boxing.
- A tragedy hit the Bose family when Rahul’s mother passed away when he was only 20.
- After this, Rahul worked in a TV signal distribution company called ‘Rediffusion’ as a copywriter.
- He got the first push in his acting career as a theatre artist in 1989 with a theatre play titled, “Topsy Turvey.”
- His other notable theatre works were “Are there Tigers in the Congo?,” “Art,” “The Square Circle,” and “Seascape with Sharks and Dancer.”
- Rahul began with his filming career with 1994 Hinglish film, “English, August” enacting the role of ‘Agastya Sen.’
- Next, he bagged the role ‘Sarkar/Pavan’ in TV serial “A Mouthful of Sky.”
- Rahul Bose later bagged significant roles in films such as “Bomgay,” “Bombay Boys,” “Split Wide Open,” “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer,” “Pyaar Ke Side Effects,” “Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii,” and “The Japanese Wife.”
- After making a considerable space for himself as an actor in the industry, he tried his hand at directorship. ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine’ was his directorial debut in the year 2001.
- Interestingly, Rahul also turned as a playback singer for the song titled “Akashe chhorano megher” from the film, “Anuranan.”
- In 2020, he acted in the Netflix Original release titled “Bulbul” playing the role of ‘Mahendra/Indranil.’
- Being an amazing sportsperson, he began his sporting career as a Rugby player in 1998. Notably, he was a part of the first Indian National team of Rugby that played an international championship event, “Asian Rugby Football Union Championship.”
- As a part of the Indian National Rugby team, he played as the right-winger and the scrum-half.
- Bose is a social activist too. In 2007, he laid the foundation of an NGO called “The Foundation.”
- Rahul Bose has also worked actively against discrimination in all arenas.
- He has worked as key activist in various domestic and global campaigns, namely, “Narmada Bachao Andolan,” “2004 World Youth Peace Summit,” and “2009 Copenhagen World Climate Change Summit.”
- Apart from his own NGO, he has worked closely with other organisations too for the welfare of people. Some charitable organisations he is associated with are “Teach for India,” “Akshara Centre,” “Breakthrough,” “Citizens for Justice and Peace,” and “The Spastics Society of India.”
- Bose became the first Indian Oxfam global ambassador in 2007. He has also been the ambassador of the American India Foundation, the World Youth Peace Movement, and Planet Alert.
- He was invited at the 8th convocation of BRAC University of Bangladesh where he delivered a speech.
- Again in 2017, he founded an NGO to raise voice against sexual abuse of children called “Heal.”
- Rahul has a sister, Anuradha who is married to the director of Mid-Day Multimedia, Tariq Ansari.
- Bose, as a young child was encouraged by his mother to play rugby and boxing and become a sportsperson.
- Not just rugby and boxing, Rahul also played Cricket, once under the guidance of notable cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
- Rahul’s debut movie “August” of which he was the lead, became the first film to be bought by ’20th Century Fox’- American film distribution company.
- His dedication towards his acting was such that once Rahul observed a drug dealer in Mumbai’s slum for a period of two weeks to prepare for his role portrayal of ‘roving water vendor’ in the movie, “Split Wide Open.” His performance was critically acclaimed as he was awarded the Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Actor at the 2000 Singapore International Film Festival for his role in this film.
- He has been named the Time Magazine’s “Superstar of the Indian Arthouse Cinema” and “Maxim’s Sean Penn of Oriental Cinema.”
- He has also featured on the cover of the magazine ‘Just Urbane.’
- Rahul Bose has adopted six children aged 11 from Andaman and Nicobar islands in 2007 through his charity organisation and has raised a sum as big as 2.4 million rupees for their upbringing and education.
- Bose had bagged significant roles in several films such as, “Exchange Offer”2008, “Jeene Do”2012 etc which were sadly shelved.
- In 2019, Rahul shared a hefty bill from his stay at a luxury hotel in Chandigarh, charged to him for a room service of two bananas. He took to twitter to share the bill amounting to Rs 442.50. After he raised concern, the hotel was charged a penalty of Rs 25000.
- Rahul Bose is a fitness enthusiast and regularly visits gymnasium.
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