Deepraj Rana

Other names of Deepraj Rana: Deep Raj Rana, Deepraz Rana

Although belonging to Allahabad, where he did his schooling, Deepraj Rana settled for Chandigarh to do his higher education, and the Punjab link continued when he turned towards brushing up his acting skills finishing off as a post graduate from the Department of Theatre of Punjab University. From 1989, he had been associated with Nadira Babbar’s theatre troupe Ekjut, and the 5 years that he spent with them seems to have stood him in good stead. Not only did he bag several awards, but also obtained for him several positive references to enable him bag a role in the 1990 TV serial “ Tara” opposite Ratna Pathak. Since then he seems to have had a prolific run, having acted in more than 12 popular TV serials across most of the major channels, with some like “ Reporter” running for over 100 episodes. His other significant roles in TV serials have been in the historical, “ The Great Maratha” and the typical soap operas “ Yug” and “Shatranj”. Of more recent vintage have been the serials “ Jai Hanuman”, an obvious mythological; and “ Commando” where he portrays a crime fighter’s role. Incidentally, in the latter, he was teamed with his wife-to-be, Natasha.

In fact, a high point in Deepraj’s career occurred with his marriage to fellow serial actress, Natasha, who was by then well known for her role in “Sapna Babul Ka… Bidaai” as Chhoti Maa. Together they formed their own production house and brought financial stability for themselves side by side with their success as serial actors. Going ahead further, they have also given full rein to their creative talents with Natasha writing serials too, along with their production. Although this bug of producing serials had caught up with them, the husband wife pair declares quite candidly that acting would be their prime focus. This is also the reason why Deepraj through his consistent performances in serials could comfortably move into the realm of movies, with his name appearing in the casting of several well known and hit films, starting from “ Saathiya” in 2002, but gaining more prominence in films like “Sahab Biwi aur Gangster” in 2011, followed by its sequel “Sahab Biwi aur Gangster returns” in 2013. Portraying similar roles in the more recent “ Gunday” in 2014 and “ Singham Returns” in the same year, he seems to have made a particular niche for himself in mainstream Bollywood movies.

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Deepraj is an established actor in television and film industry. He was born and brought up in Allahabad and passed his High School Examination from Boys' High School Allahabad. Then he moved on to Chandigarh and completed his graduation from DAV College Chandigarh. After his graduation, he also did a Post Graduation in Acting from Department of Indian Theatre, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

He was interested in acting from his childhood and was awarded the Best Actor Award for his performance during his college days in Chandigarh in 1983. He was also awarded the 'Mohan Rakesh Gold Medal for his performance in acting and over all theatre work from Punjab University.

He is in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years now and he has a number of TV serials and movies to his credit. He worked in serials like Chanakya, Chandrakanta, Reporter, Yug Udaan, Tara, The Great Maratha, The Sword of Tipu Sultan, Na Aana Is Des Laado and left ight Left. Presently he is working in superhit serial Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. In all these shows, his performance was highly appreciated.

Apart from TV serials and dramas, he has also worked in a number of movies, some of which are Saathiya, Mangal Pandey: the Rising, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, Ghost, Chakravyuh, Loot and 498A, the Wedding Gift. He received a great applause for his performance in Mangal Pandey, and Aamir Khan starrer and 498A, The Wedding Gift.

Deepraj is a gifted actor and his performance is expected to enchant the viewers for long time to come.

Deepak Raja Hindi Actor

Deepak Raja

Deepak Raja is an Indian actor/comedian who has featured in several films and television serials. Deepak hails from Amritsar, Punjab. He did his schooling at a government school in Jalandhar. Then, he pursued his higher studies by applying for a course in political science at Doaba College, Jalandhar. The College is known for its alumni, like late Yash Chopra, Prem Kumar Dhumal, GurpreetGhuggi, and Anurag Thakur Deepak Raja was exceptional in extra-curricular activities as result one day in Amritsar in a event hosted by Guru Nanak Dev University he received a gold medal. Deepak began his acting career with the Punjabi edition of Doordarshan network as he appeared in a few serials. From 2003-2007, he participated in Star network’s The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. It also featured the likes of Ehsaan Qureshi, Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Kapil Sharma, and comedians from Pakistan as well. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge was one of most watched reality shows, and people recognized these artists quite well. Finally, Deepak became a wellknown figure in the Indian households for his exploits in the competition. After the show, he got a lot of offers from Hindi and Punjabi production houses to act in their projects. In 2007, along with his TGILC colleagues, he turned up in the movie "Journey: Bombay to Goa” Which was a remake of the 1972 movie Bombay to Goa. It featured Vijay Raaz and Tinu Anand, Deepak played the role of ‘Aditya Chopra’ in this comic caper. The film got negative reviews and earned 90 lakh rupees only. In 2012, he starred in “Pure Punjabi”, a musical motion picture. The story was of four protagonists fighting all the odds to make their career in music, the younger generation of fans loved this movie. “Pure Punjabi” was award nominations for several categories. In 2013, Raja was a part of “Jatt Airways”, another Punjabi flick featuring “Alfaaz” and “Tulip Joshi” and later in 2014, he acted in few episodes of “Comedy Nights with Kapil.” Deepak is involved in several stage shows as well. According to his Facebook profile, he has done over three thousand live shows in different parts of the world. His stage shows generally use Punjabi dialogues. His recent stage venture is “Chatpati Bua Ka Swayamvar”. In this show, veteran Upasana Singh played the lead role of Bua. Deepak considers “live-in” relationships as a taboo as he does not consider this practice as part of Indian culture. 


Dheeraj Kumar

Dheeraj Kumar belongs to the era when television was just about widening its appeal to the motley TV audience of those days, fed on the governmental dose of “Krishi Darshan” and the like. With winds of change slowly gathering momentum within Mandi House, came typical soaps catering to the then prevailing genres like mythological anecdotes and stories of yester year heroes. It was in this latter slot in 1984 that Dheeraj Kumar with his own production house Creative Eye, launched his serial “Kahan Gaye Woh Log”. This narrated lesser known facets of our freedom fighters, syncing very well with what mandarins at DD felt was good fare to be beamed to TV homes. Not surprisingly Dheeraj Kumar bagged the award for the Best Serial of the Year (1984), a government sponsored award personally handed over by the then President of India. Although this established Dheeraj Kumar as a television personality to be reckoned with, this was preceded by a reasonably successful stint in the Punjabi film industry, having acted in 21 films between 1970 and 1984. He had a reasonably successful run in Hindi movies as well, with quite a few well known films against his name, in some of which he even did the leading role. He would be remembered as the actor who rendered the well known semi classical song Ka Karoon Sajni sung in the melodious voice of Yesudas for the film “Swami”. He also enacted the title role in the film “Shirdi Ke Sai Baba”, perhaps betraying his penchant for mythological and historical themes, as his later productions for television would testify. But it was Television that was his first focus, and he had soon acquired the name of ‘Mythology King’ with the string of mythological serials that he had produced for Doordarshan and later on for satellite channels as well. The well remembered amongst these were “Om Namah Shivaya” (for DD) and “Shri Ganesh” (for Sony). At one time all channels were literally flooded with mythological serials from Dheeraj Kumar’s production house Creative Eye. While he briefly diversified into crime based serials like “Adalat” (1985) and “Apradh” (2000), he could not resist the temptation of falling back on the magical formula of mythology, bringing back the lore of king Vikram on TV screens with his 2014 serial “Singhasan Battissee” on Sony Pal. With all the success that Dheeraj Kumar has achieved with his Creative Eye production house Dheeraj Kumar would surely like to be remembered more as an all round TV personality rather than just a mere actor in films and serials.

Dheeraj Kumar Hindi Actor