Arjun Rampal (born 26 November 1972) is an Indian film actor, producer, screenwriter, model .entrepreneur and a television personality. He made his acting debut in Rajiv Rai's romance Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001), which earned critical acclaim for Rampal's performance and won several awards for his work in the movie including a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
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! 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. Priyanka Bhattacharya of Rediff considered the movie to be more a 70-mm portfolio for Arjun Rampal than a story. 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, Paresh Rawal and Aditya Pancholi. He played the role of a blind person.
The film was ranked above average at the box office and became the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of 2002. His next release was Kundan Shah's Dil Hai Tumhaara opposite Rekha, Preity Zinta, Mahima Chaudhry and Jimmy Shergill. The film was a flop.In 2003, Rampal played a lead role in Naresh Malhotra's Dil Ka Rishta opposite Aishwarya Rai.
Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performance. 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.
It was ranked the thirtieth film of the year on the basis of box office collections. Rampal's next role was in Khalid Mohammed's Tehzeeb opposite Urmila Matondkar. Rampal played a Muslim in the film. The film earned critical acclaim.
Taran Adarsh praised his performance, quoting: the easy-going attitude his character reflects injects that certain sheen to the enterprise.In 2004, Rampal collaborated with Rajiv Rai for the second time in his first action thriller Asambhav. Rampal starred opposite Priyanka Chopra and played the role of an Indian commando Captain Aadit Arya. The film was entirely shot in Switzerland.
Released on 23 July, Asambhav was Rampal's only release of the year. Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood wrote: Arjun Rampal looks good and he suits the mould of the action hero very well.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.
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. 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. Rampal earned critical acclaim for his performance in Elaan.
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. Merril Diniz of Rediff wrote: Arjun Rampal is almost believable as the rugged ex-cop.
He has a deep baritone and svelte body language.Rampal's third release of the year was the mystery thriller Yakeen, in which Rampal was paired in a lead role with Priyanka Chopra for the second time. He received acclaim for improving his emotional acting. Taran Adarsh praised his performance, quoting: Cast in 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.
Rampal's last release of the year was Apoorva Lakhia's Ek Ajnabee opposite Amitabh Harivansh Rai 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. 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.
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 quoted 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.
Taran Adarsh wrote: Arjun is awkward at places in initial portions, but gets into the rhythm subsequently. The emotional sequences in the second half clearly indicate that he's come a long way. 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 cast of stars, the film flopped at the box office.
Patrick School (Devlali, Nashik) where his mother was working as a teacher. He then attended the prestigious Kodaikanal International School. He graduated with a degree in economics with honours from Hindu College, Delhi. He went on to become a model.
Actress Kim Sharma is Arjun Rampal’s first cousin. Their mothers are sisters. He married Mehr Jesia in 1998 and has two daughters, Mahikaa (born 2002) and Myra (born 2005). On 28th May, 2018 the couple announced their separation in a joint statement after 20 years of marriage.
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. 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.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. Martin D'Souza considered it to be Rampal's best performance to date.
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.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.
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. His performance earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
He won the award in the Best Supporting Actor at the IIFA, Apsara and Zee Cine categories. 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.
Taran Adarsh praised his performance, quoting: Despite the shortcomings, he makes a sincere attempt.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. 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.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 ₹1.48 billion. It was Rampal's biggest hit in his career and earned him critical acclaim for his villainous role. Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote: Rampal's persona exudes too much warmth to pass off as a cold-blooded antagonist.
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.