Arjun Rampal

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Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal 12.jpg
Arjun Rampal at Rohit Bal's bash for Chivas.
Born(1972-11-26) 26 November 1972 (age 40)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationModel, Actor, Producer, Television host
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Mehr Jesia (1998–present)
 
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Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal 12.jpg
Arjun Rampal at Rohit Bal's bash for Chivas.
Born(1972-11-26) 26 November 1972 (age 40)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationModel, Actor, Producer, Television host
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Mehr Jesia (1998–present)

Arjun Rampal (Hindi: अर्जुन रामपाल), (born 26 November 1972), is an Indian film actor, producer, model and a television host. He works for Bollywood movies. He made his acting debut in Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). The film was not a success but Rampal was appreciated for his performance and received several awards for his work in the movie including a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Rampal's early career was a string of consecutive lead role films that were failures at the box office with some of them being Dil Ka Rishta (2003), Asambhav (2004) and Yakeen (2005). Rampal got his breakthrough role in Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006). Rampal's well-known films include Aankhen (2002), Om Shanti Om (2007), Rock On!! (2008), Raajneeti (2010), Ra.One (2011) and Chakravyuh (2012). He started his career with a reputation of romantic hero by acting in romantic movies such as Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001), Deewaanapan (2001), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), Dil Ka Rishta (2003) and Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai (2006) but shifted to action and thriller genres with films like Asambhav (2004), Yakeen (2005) and Chakravyuh. Although Rampal has failed to establish himself as a top-tier hero because of box office flops but has maintained a position in the industry on the basis of his consistent performances that have earned him critical acclaim.

In his decade-spanning career, Rampal has won numerous awards and nominations. He has won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Rock On!!.[1][2] He was voted as the most desirable man in the Times Most Desirable Men 2012 online polls conducted by the Indiatimes Group.[3]

Rampal established his production company Chasing Ganesha Films. He became a film producer with I See You (2006) under his banner and played the lead role. Outside of acting, Rampal has been involved in other business ventures. He has launched Lost Festival through association with Percept Limited.[4]

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Early life[edit]

Arjun Rampal was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, to Amarjeet Rampal and Gwen Rampal. Arjun along with his sister attended the Kodaikanal International School situated at Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, where his mother was a teacher. His maternal grandmother is from Holland who got married to his grandfather while he was fighting Japanese invasion at Burma, during the Second World War. They got divorced and his mother brought him up as a single parent. His maternal grandfather, Brigadier Gurdayal Singh, was an army personality, an efficient engineer, he had contributed in making guns for GCF factory situated in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradhesh. The factory has a special gun named after his grandfather. The gun is named ‘Gurdayal Gun.[5]The actor, who turned producer with I See You (2006) says, "Both my paternal and maternal grandfathers were in the army but my maternal grandfather Brigadier Gurdayal Singh designed the first artillery gun for the Indian army post-independence.

Career[edit]

2001–05: Early lead roles[edit]

Rampal made his acting debut in Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) opposite Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani and Kirti Reddy. The film was a failure at the box office but Rampal gave a show stealing performance and earned all the attention. He earned critical acclaim for his performance in the movie.[6][7] Taran Adarsh of indiaFM wrote "Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat is a showcase for Arjun Rampal to exhibit his talent. The guy looks dashing and emotes with utmost sincerity. He's handled the emotional moments with maturity, which is so rare for a first-timer. A confident debut!"[8] This established Rampal as a leading actor in the Indian film industry. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut but swapped the awards in the Best Male Debut category at the Star Screen and IIFA ceremonies.

His next release was Ashu Trikha's Deewaanapan, in which Rampal was paired with Dia Mirza. He earned critical acclaim for his performance but the film flopped at the box office.[9] Taran Adarsh of indiaFm wrote "Arjun Rampal carries the film on his broad shoulders and comes up with a sincere performance that is consistent throughout. He is wonderful in action sequences and springs a pleasant surprise in the emotional moments by delivering the apposite expressions."[10] Ashish Magotra of Rediff gave negative reviews on Rampal, writing "Among the actors, Arjun Rampal as the hero does pretty much what he has been known to do. He models. His acting capabilities leave a lot to be desired."[11] His last release of the year was Ashok Mehta's Moksha. It was actually his first film but was released after Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat. Rampal was paired with famous actress Manisha Koirala in a lead role in Moksha. This film marked Rampal's third consecutive flop at the box office but Rampal earned critical acclaim.[12] Taran Adarsh of indiaFm wrote "Arjun Rampal excels in a role that was difficult to portray. He takes giant strides as a performer and proves that he's an actor with an amazing range."[13] Priyanka Bhattacharya of Rediff considered the movie to be "more a 70-mm portfolio for Arjun Rampal than a story."[14]

Arjun Rampal signing autographs at Temptation 2004 Photocall held at the Washington Hotel in London, England.

Rampal's first release of 2002 was Vipul Amrutlal Shah's Aankhen, in which Rampal starred in an ensemble cast featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen and Paresh Rawal. He played the role of a blind person. The film was ranked above average at box office and became the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of 2002, thus becoming Rampal's first hit movie.[15] However, Rampal received negative reviews from critics. Priya Ganapati of Rediff wrote "Arjun Rampal looks good, has a good body and a good screen presence but falls flat, partly due to poor characterisation. His is the only role that appears half-baked and Rampal only makes it worse."[16] Critic Akshay Shah wrote "Arjun Rampal displays talent, looks smashing on screen, but one can’t help feel that he isn’t given a character to match his acting potential. His performance is pleasing but doesn’t do much. He shows improvement as an actor and is great in the second half of the movie, but he still needs to improve on his facial expressions and voice modulation. He has an extremely powerful voice and with the correct modulation is could be used very well."[17] However, Taran Adarsh of indiaFm criticized Rampal's performance. He wrote "Arjun Rampal does not impress. He tries hard but doesn't succeed, partly due to a not-too-strong characterisation."[18]

His next release was Kundan Shah's Dil Hai Tumhaara opposite Rekha, Preity Zinta, Mahima Chaudhry and Jimmy Shergill. The film was a flop. Rampal did not get much scope in the film as it was a female-centric story. The movie received mixed reviews. M. Ali Ikram of Planet Bollywood gave negative comments of Rampal, writing "I must say that Rampal has an unemotive eye problem. It can´t convey emotion. Please, someone get the man some glycerin next time he´s expected to weep on camera."[19] Taran Adarsh praised Rampal's performance, considering it to be impressive despite the film being female-centric.[20] Ronjita Kulkarni of Rediff gave satirical comments on Rampal, writing "Arjun Rampal catwalks into the role with his easy smile and not-so-natural acting. Thankfully, he has no emotional scenes to tackle."[21]

In 2003, Rampal played a lead role in Naresh Malhotra's Dil Ka Rishta opposite Aishwarya Rai. Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performance but the film was a failure at the box office. Ronjita Kulkarni of Rediff wrote: "Arjun Rampal shakes off his wooden image and comes up with a good performance. He is subtle and convincing in the emotional scenes. He has certainly moved on from Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat."[22] Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun Rampal does a sincere job. He is maturing into a fine actor."[23] It was ranked the thirtieth film of the year on the basis of box office collections.[24] Rampal's next role was in Khalid Mohammed's Tehzeeb opposite Urmila Matondkar. Rampal played a Muslim in the film. The film was a critical success but Rampal's role went unnoticed once again due to a female-centric movie.[25] However, Taran Adarsh praised Rampal's performance as he wrote "Arjun Rampal balances the goings-on beautifully. Although his role is not as powerful as Shabana or Urmila's, the easy-going attitude his character reflects injects that certain sheen to the enterprise."[26]

Rampal's career was becoming a failure as his films were consecutively flopping but his talent got him a lead role in Rajiv Rai's action thriller Asambhav. It was Rampal's second project with Rai as the two had previously worked together in Rampal's debut movie Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat. Rampal starred opposite Priyanka Chopra and played the role of an Indian commando Captain Aditya Arya. The film was entirely shot in Switzerland. Released on 23 July 2004, Asambhav was Rampal's only release of the year. It flopped at the box office. Although the story of the film was criticized, Rampal received mixed to negative reviews for his first action role. Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood wrote: "Arjun Rampal looks great. And he suits the mould of the action hero very well. His character is not fleshed out very well so Arjun does not get the opportunity to actually act. Even his action scenes are limited. Most of the shots are of him running and firing and running. His true action scenes are towards the end when he tries to kill all these villains who never seem to die."[27][28] Rampal received negative reviews from Taran Adarsh. "Arjun Rampal does play the super-hero who bashes up 20 guys at a go, but the role offers him no scope to display histrionics."[29] Ronjita Kulkarni of Rediff wrote "I will not point a finger at Rampal, who looks incredibly hot in the film. He is not required to really act. All he has to do is look serious, beat up some guys, and dance on a few occasions. And he does that well."[30] Subhash K. Jha of IANS praised Rampal's action hero performance. He wrote "Arjun Rampal comes into his own as an action hero. His controlled body movements and his overall penchant for understatement in a film that shrieks for attention is a relief."[31]

Rampal's first release of 2005 was Satish Kaushik's Vaada, in which he played a lead role opposite Ameesha Patel and Zayed Khan. The film was a flop but Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performance of a blind person. Pankaj Shukla wrote "Arjun Rampal, on the other hand, plays a character that does not suit him, though he tries his best to prove his mettle."[32] Patcy N of Rediff praised Rampal, writing "Arjun Rampal has done a good job; his is a subdued performance, and the model-turned-actor looks great in most scenes."[33]

Rampal's next release was Vikram Bhatt's multi-starrer action film Elaan. The film managed to do well and became an average-grosser at the box office. It was Rampal's second hit movie in his career and first hit in three years. Rampal received critical appreciation for his performance in Elaan. Narbir Gosal of Planet Bollywood wrote: "Of the three hero´s Arjun Rampal makes best impact. He has become comfortable on screen and fits the action hero role just with the same ease as he did the comedic narrators role in Tehzeeb. The role doesn´t require much acting muscle, but Rampal lends a certain charm to his character, and his character gets the most sympathy."[34] Subhash K. Jha of IANS praised Rampal and wrote "Arjun is pretty much on his own. Once again playing a man with responsibilities he brings a controlled conviction to both his scenes with his screen daughter and his engrossing death scene."[35] Merril Diniz of Rediff wrote "Arjun Rampal is almost believable as the rugged ex-cop. He has a deep baritone and svelte body language."[36]

Rampal's third release of the year was Yakeen, in which Rampal was paired in a lead role with Priyanka Chopra for the second time. This film was also a failure. However, Rampal received acclaim for improving his emotive acting as he had received negative response for his week emotional display.[37] Taran Adarsh praised Rampal's performance. He wrote "Cast in a complex role, Arjun Rampal delivers his best performance so far. The role would've lost its bearings had it been entrusted to an inferior actor, but Arjun sinks his teeth into it and emerges trumps. The actor portrays the gamut of emotions with aplomb and delivers a flawless performance. He is truly efficient in sequences when he starts suspecting his wife's fidelity in the first half. The shower sequence as also the intermission point display Arjun's range as an actor."[38]

Rampal's last release of 2005 was Apoorva Lakhia's Ek Ajnabee opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Perizaad Zorabian. This film featured Rampal in his first negative role as Shekhar Verma, the bodyguard of a child, but is actually a corrupted person. Rampal did not get favourable reviews from Vipin Vijayan of Rediff.[39] Subhash K Jha praised Rampal's performance and wrote "The narrative has some nice supporting performances, particularly Arjun Rampal who's gone both over and under the skin of his bar-owner ex-army man's role. Not only does Rampal look right, he feels right."[40] His first release of 2006 was the love triangle based Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai opposite Bobby Deol and Ameesha Patel. This film was a delayed release. Satyajit of SmasHits wrote about Rampal "Arjun Rampal has also been promising and it shows in his performance. The media might have labeled him "wooden actor" but he has shown great improvisation in emotional scenes."[41] Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun is awkward at places [initial portions], but gets into the rhythm subsequently. The emotional sequences in the second half clearly indicate that he's come a long way."[42] His next appearance was the multi-starrer anthology Darna Zaroori Hai. Rampal starred in the story "Spirits Do Come" opposite Bipasha Basu and Makrand Deshpande, directed by Prawal Raman. Despite a star cast, the film flopped at the box office.

2006–07: Producer and breakthrough[edit]

Rampal reprised the supporting role of Jasjit in Don - The Chase Begins Again, a remake of the 1978 movie Don. The role had been played by Pran in the original Don. Don - The Chase Begins Again starred Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles and the movie became a huge hit. The film proved to be a breakthrough movie for Rampal, although Khan earned the most attention. Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun Rampal's character could've been better developed. Despite the shortcomings, he makes a sincere attempt."[43]

Rampal established his own production company Chasing Ganesha Films with his wife Mehr Jesia. The first movie under that banner I See You was Rampal's last release of 2006. He played a lead role opposite newcomer Vipasha Agarwal. The movie was shot entirely in London, England. Like his past movies, I See You was also a failure at the box office and received poor reviews. However, Rampal earned critical acclaim for his work. Bollywood Mantra wrote "Arjun Rampal has the look and style to carry off the Casanova image and even his acting skills seem to have improved tremendously. His performance can be noted as an above average one. He carries some funny moments and some of the emotional moments well."[44] Taran Adarsh wrote "I SEE YOU rests on Arjun's shoulders. Arjun is efficient in a role that doesn't really demand histrionics. He has proved his credentials in the past and his performance in this film is at par with his earlier works. He works best in the dramatic portions."[45]

In 2007, Rampal starred in a negative role in Om Shanti Om opposite Shahrukh Khan and the debuting Deepika Padukone. The film emerged as the year's highest grossing film in India and the overseas market, and became India's highest grossing production ever up to that point with a worldwide gross of over INR1.48 billion.[46] It was Rampal's biggest hit in his career and earned him critical acclaim for his villainous role.[47][48] Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun Rampal is a complete revelation. Cast in a negative role this time, he enacts his part with panache and style."[49] Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote "Rampal's persona exudes too much warmth to pass off as a cold-blooded antagonist."[50] Rampal won the Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for his villainous performance in Om Shanti Om and got nominations at the IIFA, Star Screen and Apsara ceremonies.[51]

2008–10: Critical acclaim[edit]

Arjun Rampal at the All India Squash Championship Awards Function in 2010.

Following the success of Om Shanti Om, Rampal started to rise as a successful actor. In 2008, Rampal gave an excellent performance in Rock On!! as Joseph "Joe" Mascarenhas, the lead guitarist of a band, a poor idealist who never learned that self-promotion is more important than music in a remixed world.[52] Rampal learned guitar to prepare for his role.[53] His performance was widely acclaimed, earning him the prestigious National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 56th National Film Awards, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award at the 54th Filmfare Awards, IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 10th IIFA Awards and Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor.[1][2][54][55][56][57] This brought wider success and acclaim to Rampal. Noted critic Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India praised Rampal's performance and wrote "If you actually had to choose, then the vote would go for Arjun Rampal who displays a newfound maturity and looks absolutely groovy with his windblown hair and his guitar-strumming stance."[58] Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun Rampal delivers his finest performance to date. Watch him emote those tough emotional moments and also as a failed person in the latter parts and you'd realize that he has only grown with the passage of time. Superb is the word!"[59] Martin D'Souza of Bollywood Trade News Network praised Rampal, writing "Arjun Rampal is slowly coming into his own. After playing a character with a negative shade in OM SHANTI OM, he returns with another powerful performance as Joe Mascarenhas the lead guitarist of the band. Vibrant at first, and then subdued he walks the act with a rock star gait."[60]

Later that year, he starred in Rituparno Ghosh's English-language arthouse film The Last Lear, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was received well at a number of other film festivals. Upon its theatrical release in India, Rampal got favourable reviews for his performance. He gave a show-stealing performance. Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun is evolving into a fine actor. After Rock On!!, this is another performance that would fetch Arjun laurels."[61] Martin D'Souza considered it to be Rampal's best performance to date.[62] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN praised Rampal's performance, writing "Arjun Rampal shines as the guilt-ridden filmmaker, too ashamed to even apologise for his selfishness."[63] His last release of the year EMI was a flop at the box office.

Rampal's only release of 2009 was Deepak Tijori's Fox, in which he starred opposite Sunny Deol, Sagarika Ghatge and Udita Goswami. The film mainly received negative reviews and flopped at the box office but Rampal earned critical acclaim. Taran Adarsh praised Rampal's performance as perfect.[64] Martin D'Souza praised Rampal's performance, writing "Arjun Rampal is moving from strength to strength. He is confident in his role; as a lawyer and then as the one who has been fixed."[65]

2010 would go on to become the most successful year of Rampal's career with three back to back hits. The first was Sajid Khan's comedy film Housefull, in which he starred in a supporting role. The film received negative reviews but became a huge hit at the box office. Rampal's next release was Prakash Jha's multi-starrer Raajneeti. Rampal received critical acclaim for his supporting role of Prithvi in the movie. Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun is a revelation and what a terrific performance he pitches in. He's like an untamed lion."[66] However, Raja Sen of Rediff gave mixed reviews on Rampal, writing "Rampal is the mercurial elder brother, speaking in chaste Hindi and curdling his eyebrows to show intensity. He seems more confident than before and that gives him some presence, but he still can't act, a fact highlighted in a scene where he abruptly breaks into a song and does a peculiar audition for Heath Ledger's Joker role."[67] He was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.[68] He won the award in the Best Supporting Actor at the IIFA, Apsara and Zee Cine categories.[69][70] His last release of the year was Siddharth Malhotra and Karan Johar's We Are Family, in which he played a lead role opposite Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. It was an average grosser and Rampal's first successful movie that featured him in a lead role. Taran Adarsh wrote "Arjun continues to surprise. Rock On!!, Housefull, Raajneeti and now We Are Family indicates the growth of this actor. He handles the emotional moments well too."[71][72] Pankaj Sabnani of Bollywood Trade News Network considered Rampal's performance to be balanced.[73]

2011–present: Ra.One and other projects[edit]

In 2011, Rampal played the titular negative role in Anubhav Sinha's science fiction movie Ra.One. The movie became a successful film in India and overseas and received mixed reviews. Rampal's new bald look earned him a lot of appreciation and popularity within the audiences. Majority of the fans considered his Ra.One look to be better than the protagonist G.One.[74] He earned critical acclaim for his villainous performance. Taran Adarsh praised his performance by writing "Arjun Rampal pulls his act with effortlessness and style. Also, Arjun's well-designed look is admirable."[75] Martin D'Souza praised Rampal's performance and considered him to be the savior of the film that was being flawless in the second half. He wrote "It's only after the interval that the plot meanders a bit, loses it sting and almost falls apart like a pixealised image, before Arjun lights up the screen."[76] Arthur J Pais of Rediff wrote "The best person to gain from the film directed by Anubhav Sinha with more inane and crude sexual jokes than in any recent Hindi film, is Arjun Rampal. His body language and brooding face creates a quietly menacing villain."[77] Raja Sen wrote "Arjun Rampal is the best thing in the biggest budget Indian feature of all time".[78] Aseem Chhabra considered Rampal to be the "most interesting element of the film."[79]

Rampal had three releases in 2012: Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh and the comedy movie Ajab Gazabb Love, with all three failing at the box office. However, Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performances. In Heroine, Rampal essayed the role of Aryan Khanna, a well-known actor, starring opposite Kareena Kapoor.[80][81] The movie failed to become a success at the box office with an earning of INR225 million (US$3.9 million) nett at the weekend. It was declared below average by Box Office India.[82]

"The film is full of complicated characters and the part which I am playing is indeed one of the toughest that I have in a very long time. There is so much happening to this character, right from the dilemma that he goes through to the pain of betrayed friendship to loyalty going for a toss, to a conflict like situation happening at home itself with his wife who is herself as a cop. All credit to Prakash Jha that he has made each of his characters quite well layered and also very justified in what they do. The reason why everything that comes on screen carries meaning and purpose is because Prakash comes with a lot of clarity."

—Arjun Rampal on his role in Chakravyuh (2012).[83]

In Chakravuyh, Rampal essayed the role of a police officer SP Adil Khan, starring opposite Abhay Deol, Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpai, Om Puri and Anjali Patil.[84] The film grossed INR158.8 million (US$2.7 million) in the first week.[85] However, Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performance as a police officer.[86] Taran Adarsh considered it to be Rampal's toughest and best performance. He wrote "This is, without doubt, Arjun Rampal's most accomplished act. Sure, the actor has impressed you in the past [ROCK ON!! in particular], but his act in CHAKRAVYUH is an eye-opener. Watch him confront his friend [Abhay] or the one in the finale... this is a new Arjun completely."[87] Rohit Vats of CNN-IBN wrote "Arjun Rampal’s image and dialogue delivery mar his chances but it is one of his better performances, in fact he has given Abhay Deol a run for his money in double shots."[88] Martin D'Souza wrote "Arjun Rampal as the hot-headed cop who will fight injustice does justice to his role."[89]

In Ajab Gazabb Love, Rampal essayed the double role of twin brothers Karan and Arjun, based on the popular duo of Karan Arjun from the hit 1995 film of the same name.[90] Though the film flopped at the box office, Rampal earned critical acclaim for his double role performance.[91][92] Martin D'Souza wrote "There's a double dose from Arjun Rampal as the girl's twin brothers. Marvelous is just one word to describe Arjun. Actually he is just brilliant."[93] Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times of India wrote "Arjun Rampal's, comic-timing is a revelation. His double-act entertains and adds energy to this comedy."[94]

His first release of 2013 was Sudhir Mishra's Inkaar opposite Chitrangada Singh. Though the film flopped at the box office, Rampal earned positive reviews for his critically acclaimed performance by critics and audiences.[95][96] Taran Adarsh praised Rampal's performance, quoting "Arjun Rampal displays remarkable understanding of the character. Post CHAKRAVYUH, which released a few months ago, this is yet another power-packed performance that makes you realize that this supermodel has transformed into a super actor."[97]

Non-film work[edit]

Television[edit]

In 2008, Rampal made his television debut as one of the three judges of the fourth season of the dance reality television show Nach Baliye on STAR Plus. The other two judges were choreographer Farah Khan and film actress Karisma Kapoor.[98][99][100] In 2010, Rampal hosted the 5th Apsara Awards with Preity Zinta.[101]

In November 2011, Rampal started hosting a new television show called Love 2 Hate U airing on STAR World India.[102] The theme of the show was that Rampal would try and change the perception of people who hate Bollywood actors by bringing them face to face with them.[103] The first episode aired on 20 November and the last episode aired on 15 January.[104][105]

Stage performances[edit]

Rampal with co-stars Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor during the premiere of Ra.One in London

Alongside acting, Arjun Rampal has performed in many international stage concerts with several of Bollywood actors and actresses. In 2002, Rampal participated in his first world tour, Heartthrobs: Live in Concert with Hrithik Roshan, Aftab Shivdasani and sisters Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.[106] His next concert was the international Temptations 2004 with Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta and Priyanka Chopra. It was the most successful Bollywood concert at the time. Nineteen shows occurred across the globe.[107]

In 2008, Rampal participated in Temptations Reloaded 2008, a series of concerts showcased across several different countries. It was set by Shahrukh Khan. The show also featured Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Ganesh Hegde, Javed Ali and Anusha Dandekar. It took place at the Ahoy Rotterdam venue in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[108] Several months later, Rampal again joined Khan, Kapoor and Kaif to perform for 15,000 spectators at Dubai's Festival City Arena.[109] In 2010, Rampal was paired with Khan in a concert at the Army Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh to a packed audience. The other participants were Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Shridhar and Ishaa Koppikar.[110]

In the media[edit]

Rampal has gained a frequent popularity and fanbase on the basis of his good looks and acting despite having no hit film to his credit. He has been frequently described by the Indian media as the hunk.[111] He was voted as Times of India's "Most Desirable Man" of 2012, beating 49 other men including actors, politicians and sportsmen.[112]

Personal life[edit]

Arjun Rampal married former Miss India and supermodel Mehr Jesia and they have two daughters, Mahikaa, born on 17 January 2002 and Myra, born June 2005.[113] He was first spotted by Rohit Bal in a night club who went on to showcase him in his collections and Arjun stayed with him before making a move to Mumbai.

In 2012, Arjun Rampal, in association with Percept Limited launched Lost Festival. Lost' is a music festival driven by culture, tradition & soul.[4]

In 2013, he joined a PETA campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai.[114]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Key
double-daggerUpcoming release

Actor[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1998JardHrithikUnreleased
2001Pyaar Ishq Aur MohabbatGaurav SaxenaNominated–Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2001MokshaVikram Sehgal
2001DeewaanapanSuraj Saxena
2002AankhenArjun Verma
2002Dil Hai TumhaaraDev Khanna
2003Dil Ka RishtaJai Mehta
2003TehzeebSalim Mirza
2004AsambhavCaptain Aadit Arya
2005VaadaRahul
2005ElaanArjun Srivastav
2005YakeenNikhil Oberoi / Kabir
2005Ek AjnabeeShekhar Verma
2006Humko Tumse Pyaar HaiRohit
2006Darna Zaroori HaiKunal
2006Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaJaiCameo
2006Don - The Chase Begins AgainJasjeet
2006AlagSpecial appearance in song "Sabse Alag"
2006I See YouRaj Jaiswal (British Raj)
2007Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.JigneshSpecial appearance
2007Om Shanti OmMukesh "Mike" Mehra
2008Rock On!!Joseph "Joe" MascarenhasFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008The Last LearSiddharth
2008EMIRyan
2009FoxArjun Kapoor
2010HousefullMajor Krishna Rao
2010RaajneetiPrithviraj PratapNominated–Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010We Are FamilyAman
2011RascalsAnthony
2011Ra.OneRa.One
2012HeroineAryan Khanna
2012ChakravyuhS.P. Adil Khan
2012Ajab Gazabb LoveKaran Singh Chauhan / Arjun Singh Chauhan
2013InkaarRahul Verma
2013D-DayRudra Pratap Singh
2013FamilywalaCompleted
2013Start To FinishSiddharthFilming
2013Rock On!! 2Joseph "Joe" MascarenhasPre-Production
2013The Legend of KunalVeera KunalPre-Production
2013SatyagrahaPre-Production
2014RoyPre-Production
2014Dostana 2Pre-Production

Producer[edit]

YearFilm
2006I See You

Television personality[edit]

YearShowRoleTV ChannelNotes
2008–2009Nach Baliye 4HimselfStar PlusJudge with Farah Khan & Karisma Kapoor [98][99][100]
20105th Apsara AwardsHimselfColorsCo-host with Preity Zinta [101]
2011–2012Love 2 Hate UHimselfSTAR WorldHost [105]

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