Happy birthday Randeep Hooda: The portrait of an actor

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2015 18:01 IST
Randeep Hooda in a still from Rang Rasiya.

Actor Randeep Hooda turns 39 on Thursday. The actor, who aspires to work with Clint Eastwood one day, has worked with some of the most talented directors in Bollywood -- Tigmanshu Dhulia (Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, 2011), Ketan Mehta (Rang Rasiya, 2014), Ram Gopal Varma (in his saner days – D, 2005) and Imtiaz Ali (Highway, 2014) to name a few.

Artistes do their best work when they have a good sense of their art and are not only performing to the ticket windows. Randeep Hooda can well be one of the best living examples of this thought. "I never think about what others are doing. I do a film for myself, not others," Randeep Hooda said in an interview before the release of Rang Rasiya (his last release that had a damp show at the box office). And considering his range of films -- varying from Salman Khan’s entertainer Kick (2014) to Ram Gopal Varma's crime saga D -- it is really difficult to refute him.


Randeep loves his horse and even owns a stable in Mumbai.

Here, we take a look at five movies of Randeep Hooda that can be called milestones of his Bollywood journey.

1. Monsoon Wedding


Randeep Hooda began his celluloid journey in 2001 with Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. He made a mark with his perfect diction and acting in the small role as Rahul Chaddha.

2. D


There was a time when filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma made gripping crime thrillers on underworld. RGV cast Randeep in his 2005 film, D, for the titular role. Hooda received wide critical acclaim for his performance in the film, considered to be third in the Indian gangster trilogy (Satya and Company being the other two).

3. Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster


Randeep played the highly ambitious man who enters Saheb's (Jimmy Shergil) territory in a bid to overpower him in this 2011 movie. Be it his sensuous scenes with Mahie Gill or the gritty ones alongside Jimmy and his right hand Deepraj Rana, Randeep once again proved his prowess in this Tigmanshu Dhulia directorial venture.

4. Highway


Imtiaz Ali's 2014 film was hailed as an Alia Bhatt vehicle where she got to prove her acting prowess. Though the story focussed on Alia's character, Randeep as Mahavir Bhati, Alia’s abductor in the movie, left an indelible mark. He also received Star Dust Award for Best Actor for this performance.

5. Rang Rasiya


Ketan Mehta's Rang Rasiya saw the light of the day in 2014, after being in the cans for six years. Randeep's portrayal of painter Raja Ravi Varma was apt -- enchanting and impressive. During promotions for the film, Randeep, had said, "Raja sahib had said that the deepest desire of every artist is to get across to as many people as possible. That was the day when I decided I am not going to be a niche actor anymore and branched out to Bhatt films and other totally commercial potboilers like Kick. Niche is something which we put upon ourselves... I want to have a mass reach." He added that it was after Rang Rasiya that he reached out to the Bhatt camp and had his share of erotica (Jism 2, Murder 3 and the like).

Special mention: John Day


Randeep played a cop in this totally forgettable 2013 film. The only reason John Day deserves a mention here is the actor's love and respect for his co-star in the movie, Naseeruddin Shah. Randeep claims the veteran actor is his "mentor, friend and confidant" and even has a pet name for Shah -- he calls him 'The Shaw' of acting. John Day is the only film where the duo has worked together.


Randeep will soon be seen in Main Aur Charles opposite Richa Chadda.

Which is your favourite character essayed by Randeep Hooda? Tell us in the comment box below.

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