Rahul Khanna (Hindi: राहुल खन्ना) is an Indian actor.
Early life and background:
Khanna was born and raised in Mumbai. His father is Bollywood star & politician, Vinod Khanna, his mother is ex-model Gitanjali Taleyarkhan and his younger brother is Bollywood actor, Akshaye Khanna.
Khanna studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Khanna began his career as a VJ (video jockey) with MTV Asia in 1994. Throughout his 4-year stint he enjoyed immense popularity, an enormous fan following across Asia and consistently glowing media coverage.
He made his feature film debut in Deepa Mehta's 1947 Earth, alongside Aamir Khan. His performance earned him several awards including the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award. He has since appeared in Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2003).
Rahul's mainstream Bollywood films include Elaan and Raqeeb.
Khanna's international credits include The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline.
East is East, 1999. The New York production of Ayub Khan-Din's hit West End play, was directed by Scott Elliott (A Map of the World (film)) and Khanna's performance as Tariq, the rebellious, playboy son of a Pakistani father and British mother, won him acclaim from audiences and critics, alike.
MTV Asia, VJ, 1994-1998
Asian Variety Show, Host, AVS TV Network, North America, 1999-2001
Discovery Week, Host, Discovery Channel, 2006
Khanna has also hosted numerous events like the IIFA Awards, the Miss India pageant, the Screen Awards, the Stardust (magazine) Awards, the Miss India Worldwide pageant, Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief show at Mumbai Fashion Week, the GQ (India) Men of the Year Awards 2009 & 2010, Teacher's Achievement Awards 2008 & 2010, The International Film Festival of India 2011, The Hello (magazine) Hall of Fame Awards 2011 and The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012, to name just a few.
Commercials & Endorsements:
Khanna has been associated with several brands including Toyota, Lay's Chips, Pepsi, DTC (Diamond Trading Company/ De Beers group), Trent (Westside), Tommy Hilfiger, Jaypee Group's Jaypee Greens, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Kiehl's, Maggi and Audi.
Khanna has appeared in a PETA India campaign to protect elephants and birds.
Winner, Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
Spike Lee (Producer)
The Emperor's Club
Raj Kanwar (Producer)
Love Aaj Kal
Wake Up Sid
Chief Editor of 'Mumbai Beats' Magazine
Sabal Singh Shekhawat
24 (Indian TV series)