Name: Rahul Bose
Name: Rahul Bose
Date of Birth: 27 July , 1967
Mother Tongue: Bengali
Parents: Rupen and Kumud Bose.
Sister: Anuradha, who is married to Tarique Ansari, owner and director of "Mid-Day Multimedia", a multinational media company in Mumbai, India.
School: John Connon School in Mumbai
College: Sydenham College.
Rahul Bose spent his early days in Kolkata, West Bengal and later shifted to Mumbai with his family. He dreamt of becoming an MBA and had apllied to several universities in the U.S. But fate had other plans in store for him.
Rahul Bose began his acting career at the early age of six, when he played the lead role in his school play, 'Tom, the Piper's Son'. Since then he has done abundant productive work on the stage, including his last performance as the protagonist in Tim Murari's 'The Square Circle' at the Leicester Haymarket in England. This talented guy enjoyed directing Don Nigro’s "Seascapes" with Sharks and Dancers. His film career started with the film 'English, August', which received unparalleled success and is much venerated by the cinemagoers of this generation. The perfectionist that he is, in order to get his Australian accent correct for the film Bombay Boys, he toiled with the Dictaphone, holding it in his hand while he walked round the sets, repeating lines taped by his Aussie linguist. His work in movies like 'Split Wide Open', Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, and 'Jhankaar Beats', Aparna Sen's '15, Park Avenue were internationally applauded. He received commercial success as well as critical acclaim with relatively mainstream films like 'Thakshak' and 'Chameli'. Today, he is recognized worldwide as India's leading actor of the alternative genre. 'Time' magazine referred to him as 'the superstar of Indian arthouse cinema' while 'Maxim' (Italy), 'the Sean Penn of Oriental cinema'. His most recent film - Buddhadev Dasgupta's 'Kaalpurush' - was his fourth film to feature in the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Being hailed as his strongest work yet seems to have prompted four more film makers to sign him on. His forthcoming project Rajeev Virani's 'The Whisperers' is eagerly awaited by the audience. Rahul is also an avid blogger, and contributes regularly at the site intentblog.com/author.php?author=Rahul%20Bose
Rahul's social activities are also notable. He reached the Tsunami-affected the Andaman and Nicobar Islands the very day after it hit the islands and as part of the Solidarity Network, and provided relief materials and vehicles for the rescue work. He is now working with the local administration to provide experts on water shed management. Another of his major achievements includes his lecture at Oxford on communal harmony and has even written extensively about the issue. He now regularly works with over 80 Muslim girls as part of a program shaped by Akshara Centre, a Bombay-based NGO. He is a part of the advisory board of a New York-based NGO called 'Breakthrough' that is involved in the field of gender equality and human rights. He has even delivered a lecture on this subject at the World Youth Peace Summit in 2003. He is also the ambassadors of the New York-based NGO American India Foundation that funds social projects in India, as well as for the Spastics Society of India. His most recent labors feature raising funds and assisting Akshara Centre in relief works after the recent flood in Bombay.
Rahul is also a sports lover and has been playing rugby since his school days in Bombay. He is a member of the National "Orange Indian Rugby Team and has represented the country ever since obtained acknowledgment as an official rugby-playing nation by the International Rugby Board in 1998. He has played over 14 international tournaments against countries like Japan, Kazhakstan and China. His has even played for India in the World Cup Qualifiers held in June, 2005.
Rahul had started his career as an advertising professional and became the creative director of Rediffusion D,Y &R at 26. but he gave it up to pursue his dream of acting. Rahul wrote and directed his first feature film, 'Everybody Says I'm Fine!' which brought him fame and recognition in the form of an Honourable Mention, The John Schlesinger Award for Best Debut Feature Film, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2003. The film also collected a Gold Award at the WorldFest in Houston.
As an Actor:
* Pyaar Ke Side Effects 2006
* Anuranan 2006
* 15 Park Avenue 2005
* Kalpurush 2005
* Silsiilay 2005
* White Noise 2004
* Chameli 2004
* Ek Din 24 Ghante 2003
* Mumbai Matinee 2003
* Jhankaar Beats 2003
* Mr. and Mrs. Iyer 2002
* Everybody Says I'm Fine! 2001 - actor, writer and director
* Thakshak 1999
* Split Wide Open 1999 (directed by Dev Benegal)
* Bombay Boys 1998
* "A Mouthful of Sky" 1995 TV-Series
* English, August 1994 (directed by Dev Benegal)
As a Writer
* The Whisperers 2006 - pre-production, sript
* Everybody Says I'm Fine! 2001
* Mahesh Bhatt Spokesperson Award 2005
* The Mani Kaul Award 2004 ( Everybody Says I'm Fine!)
* Best Asian Actor Award: Singapore International Film Festival 2000 (Split Wide Open)