Rahul Dev is an Indian model turned film and television actor. He was born as Rahul Dev Samra on September 27, 1968 in
, India to a Khatri Punjabi household. He studied at St. Columba’s School in Delhi where he used to be a fast bowler. Gursharan Singh, a former cricket player saw him bowling and he got impressed so he asked Rahul to join his academy. However, Rahul is more focused on his studies at that time. His father was once a police commissioner in Delhi and his brother,
is also an actor. In the early 90’s Rahul has donned modeling. He was the first Indian to be featured in GQ Magazine’s London Edition with 6-pages story. He is also a regular face of the popular brand, Hugo Boss.
Rahul Dev was supposedly debuted as an actor through the unfinished Bollywood film, Dus in 1997. But the director, Mukul S. Anand died during the time that the film was still in production. He was then debuted in the 2000 film, Champion which stars
. He played the villainous role of Naseer Ahmed, the threat to the life of Abbas (played by
) and his performance gained him nomination for Best Performance in a Negative Role at the Filmfare Award, Best Actor in a Negative Role and the Most Promising Newcomer at the Screen Award. Since then, he started to do villain roles in many films including the Punjabi film, Dharti in year 2011.
Rahul has done more than 60 films including Aashiq, Asoka, Takkari Dhonga, 23 March 1931: Shaheed, Parasuram, Supari, Kyon?, 88 Antop Hill, Omkara, Aan: Men At Work,
, Mazhai, Vidyarthi, Fight Club – Members Only,
, Pournami, Munna, Tulasi, U Me Aur Hum, Premi No. 1, Yodha, Mirza The Untold Story, Naayak, Shadow, Jatt Boys – Putt Jattan De, Yevadu, and a lot more. He was also part of the Oriya-language film, Mahanayak in 2007. Rahul also donned the Malayalam film, RajadhiRaja which stars Mammootty and the Punjabi film, Hikk Naal in 2014. Also, in year 2003. His performance as Shekhar Srivastav in the Hindi crime thriller film, Footpath won the Best Villain Award at the Zee Cine Award in 2004.
In 2013, Rahul made his debut in television. He bagged the role of Demon Arunasur who will fight against Lord Shiva (played by
) in the drama series, Devon Ke Dev… Mahadev on Life OK.
Rahul got married to Rina Dev in year 1998 but she dies on May 16, 2009 due to cancer. Their son, Siddharth was only eleven years old when his mother died.