Gajraj Rao is an Indian actor and filmmaker. He made his first appearance in the film industry in the early 90s through the acclaimed biographical drama
Bandit Queen portraying the character of Ashok Chand. Since then Gajraj Rao has been playing various supporting roles in different movies.
He has depicted differing roles on the silver screen including
Dil Se..., No smoking and Aamir. Some of the Bollywood movies in which he played acclaimed roles include Rangoon (2017), Blackmail (2018), Aks (2001),
Black Friday (2007), Dil Hai Tumhara (2007), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Chhal (2007), Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000).
He received recognition in the industry after he played the role of Inspector Dhaniram in the critically approved murder mystery drama Talvar (2015) starring
Irrfan Khan. He portrayed a negative character and hence was nominated for the best actor in a negative role category and even won many awards in the same category including the IIFA Award. He has been a part of various Youtube campaigns, videos and web series.
Gajraj Rao has even partnered with the renowned TVF also known as The Viral Fever and acted in numerous Youtube videos including Long Distance Celebrations, An Unnamed Medical Report and a web series called Tech Conversations With Dads that have millions of views. He portrayed a crucial role in the web series Band Baaja Baarat by the YRF films starring
Ayesha Raza, and Rajit Kapur.
As his Twitter bio reads, he is a
Utpal Dutt fan. In addition to being an actor, he is an ad filmmaker. He is the co-head of the ad making firm Code Red Films that is known for being the creative hand behind the famous commercials of Red label tea, Haier and Veedol tractor engine oils. He is the leading writer for the firm. The Code Red Films started in the year 2004.
The official Youtube channel of Code Red Films has 10 thousand subscribers with more than a million views. The Code Red Films is behind many award-winning advertisements with a message. Gajraj Rao’s ad firm created the viral commercial that conveyed the message of respecting the national anthem.
The Flipkart ad with the watchman was also directed, written and produced by The Code Red Films. His firm has worked with well-known celebrities, sportspersons and business tycoons like
Amitabh Bachchan, Neeta Ambani,
Sourav Ganguly, and
Sachin Tendulkar and made some of the greatest advertisements in India.