Name: Rajeev Khandelwal
Birthday: 16th October, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Marital Status: Married to Manjiri Kamtikar
Awards: The sexiest male of Telly town has got hold of innumerable number of awards during this short span of his career. His award gallery include:
1) Best Jodi Award with Amna Shariff in Star Parivaar Awards (2004),
2) Personality Of The Year shared with Mona Singh in Sangini Indian Telly Awards (2004),
3) New Face Of The Year in Sangini Indian Telly Awards (2004),
4) Best Jodi Award with Amna Shariff in Sangini Telly Awards (2004),
5) Most Stylish Persona (Male) On TV in MTV Style Awards (2005),
6) Most Stylish Actor On TV in MTV Lycra Style Icon (2005),
7) TV Personality Of The Year in Garnier Light Indian Telly Awards (2005),
8) Most Stylish Host On TV in MTV Style Awards (2006),
9) Popular Actor Male for Left Right Left in Sansui Telivision Awards (2007),
10) Best Actor In Leading Role (Male) for Left Right Left in Gold Awards (2007),
11) TV Honour Of The Year shared with Prachi Desai in Indian Telly Awards (2008),
12) Best Host On TV for Sach ka Samna in Indian Telly Awards (2009),
13) Star Parivaar Awards (2010) and Indian Telly Awards (2010),
14) Best Actor for SOUNDTRACK in IRDS Film Awrads (2012) and Best TV Actor in Disney Channel.
This multi awarded star was also nominated for Best Male Debut in AAMIR in Star Screen Awards (2009) and Filmfare Awards (2009). This Telly rock star has taken the vow to bash Bollywood with more awards.
Trivia: The humble, modest and down to earth chocolate boy Rajeev Khandelwal dreamt about being an actor since childhood. He was greatly opposed by his family as he came from an army background. He tried joining army but his form restrained him back. Negating all held backs, he shifted to the capital city Delhi to bring his dreams to reality.
His acting career in T-town took off with Kyaa Hadsa Kyaa Haqeeqat in a negative role which was a miss shot. He did short term cameo in the well acclaimed thriller CID for Sony. He also did ads for LML Bike, Green Label Whisky, Kodak Express and Videocon Refrigerators. The optimistic Rajeev took chance on his luck by doing music album Jhoom Jhoom of Saru Mani.
The cool sincere dude is still famous as Sujal for Kahhin To Hoga worldwide. He has recently been chosen as the brand ambassador of the brand new show Nat Geo Super Cars on National Geographic Channel.
Biography: The multi faceted boy Rajeev Khandelwal was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He is the son of Col. C.L. Khandelwal (retired) and Vijay Laxmi. His childhood was the carrier of the dream of being an actor which was his destiny.
The Rajasthani boy took up engineering but left it mid way to complete B.Sc in chemistry from Xavier’s in Ahmedabad. Belonging to a family with an army background, he tried to join the army but was rejected as his form was out of place. It was after this, that the zeal of becoming an actor dominated his mind and he came to Delhi.
His media career started with making documentaries, writing scripts and directing those. His documentaries mainly focused on women labour, Indian army and on old age. One of his documentaries, a fictional series called Samarpan was featured on Doordarshan. The story revolved around para military forces in India. The series won an award.
Rajeev Khandelwal’s dream took many shades of role- from a production controller at a production house of Delhi to posing as a model for various acclaimed brands. His luck first took the turn to on-screen Telly dunia from off-screen dunia by the sharp eyes of Balaji Telifilms.
He was casted as a villain for Kyaa Hadsa Kyaa Haqeeqat (2002) through audition. But it was a mismatch and could not sprinkle fame on him. In 2002 after much compromise, heart ranching struggle and perspiring struggle he had his turning point. He got the chance to play Sujal for Kahiin To Hoga (2003-2005), an Ekta Kapoor Production. This name gave him worldwide acclamation. He informs that ladies had started showering jewelries and gifts on him. But he is very much concerned about his privacy and has always maintain a strong silence when spoken about his personal life.
However, he soon left the much acclaimed role in the middle due to some differences between him and the Kapoor daughter. The extremely logical and impressive personality choose to change his chocolate boy image to an action man and took the roles of ACP Prithviraj in CID (2006) and the RAW Intelligence Officer Varun Awasthi in Time Bomb 9/11 (2005). Both acclaimed him fame from the critics and his desire was fulfilled.
Being from the army background his internal mind unconsciously wanted strong roles. His desire of leading the army life was fulfilled to some extent when he played Captain Rajveer Singh Shikhawat in Left Right Left (2006-2007). His talent not only was in Telly acting but also on hosting. Thus he bagged reality shows like Deal Ya No Deal (2006), Sach Ka Samna (2009) (the Indian version of The Moment Of Truth) and Sach Ka Samna Phir Se Hoga (2012). He even played the role of Sharim in a Pakistani TV Show Sun Layna (2006).
The star of Stars took his filmy flight through his debut film Aamir (2008). The debutant actor grossed infinite praise from movie goers as well as high esteemed critics. The movie started weakly at Box Office in the beginning but recorded a fair collection at the end of its run. This film played the role of an invocator to the life of the interesting actor.
After two long years he gave his appearance on the silver screen with Peter Gaya Kaam Se (2010). This was also a mismatch of his career. After this came his Just Love (2010) with Prachi Desai and also Tainaat. His appearance in Shaitan and Soundtrack the following year in 2011 again surprised the critics. The movie Woh Pyaar Hi Tha also released on this year.
The candid actor next in the tinsel town took the film Will You Marry Me? (2012), which is a Hindi romantic comedy. But the movie was a disappointment as the storyteller fails badly to weave the magical tale. The man of style, popularity and words has also taken the project of the upcoming film Chenab Gandhi with Amitabh Bacchan and Vidya Balan. The film tells the life story of Frontier Gandhi aka Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan which will be played by Big B. Rajeev Khandelwal has taken up the film Table No. 21. The film is a thriller where Paresh Rawal will be seen in a new look. The film is already on floors. It is heard that the action boy Mr. Khandelwal has hurt himself while shooting at Fiji for the film. He is sharing screen space with Raima Sen and Vir Das in his upcoming film Raakh. His films Fever with Barbara Mori, Return Gift, Main Joker, When Love Happens are awaiting release this year.
The actor is not one of those kinds who very easily jell with the fame of tinsel town and in its persuasion forget the life of a commoner. He pretty much enjoys buying grocery from local markets and is not at all conscious of the paparazzi. Though making a home like Mannat of King Khan and naming it Jannat is his dream, nevertheless he is very much down to earth and a complete struggler. His humble attitude is one of the rarest factors found in recent times. He believes that his characters are successful and thus wants to work all the more to count the deserving and justified praises himself. He is very experimental with his roles. His craze for cars has given him new grounds as a show presenter of car show on National Geographic Channel.
The heart throb of Indian Television is determined to achieve his dream and reach the stars with his own capacity and experimentations.