Vijay Raaz: A Chameleon on Screen, Charming Audiences for Over Two Decades

Rashika Sharma
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Delhi: Vijay Raaz, a name synonymous with versatility in Hindi cinema, has carved a distinct niche for himself over the past 23 years. With a career spanning over 90 films, Raaz’s ability to effortlessly transform into a myriad of characters, from the comical to the menacing, has consistently captivated audiences.

Born in Delhi in 1963, Raaz’s artistic inclinations were evident early on. While pursuing his studies at P.G.D.A.V. College, he actively participated in the college’s dramatic society. This passion for theatre led him to the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD), where he honed his craft.

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Raaz’s dedication didn’t go unnoticed. The legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah, impressed by Raaz’s talent at NSD, recommended him for roles in films like “Bhopal Express” (1999) and “Monsoon Wedding” (2001). The latter proved to be a breakthrough for Raaz, with his portrayal of the quirky wedding planner, Dubeyji, garnering critical acclaim.

Vijay Raaz Career

Raaz’s career trajectory since then has been a testament to his adaptability. He excelled in comedic roles like the Siddharth’s friend in “Run” (2004) and the bungling but lovable Dev Kumar Malik in the laugh-riot “Dhamaal” (2007). He also displayed a flair for portraying menacing characters, like the ruthless gangster Li Bang in “Delhi Belly” (2011) and the cunning mafia don Jaan Muhammed in “Dedh Ishqiya” (2014).

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Raaz isn’t afraid to push boundaries. He brought depth and vulnerability to the role of a eunuch longing for acceptance in the critically acclaimed horror-comedy “Stree” (2018). He further showcased his range by portraying the supportive mentor to a street rapper in Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” (2019).

His recent projects like “Lootcase” (2020), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” (2022), and the upcoming “Fateh” showcase his continued ability to surprise audiences with his diverse portrayals.

Beyond his acting prowess, Raaz has also dabbled in directing. His debut directorial venture, the war drama “Kya Dilli Kya Lahore” (2014), received positive reviews for its sensitive portrayal of the India-Pakistan partition.

Vijay Raaz’s Personal Life

Raaz’s personal life is relatively private. He is married to actress Krishna Raaz and has a daughter, Tanishka. Despite his busy schedule, Raaz remains actively involved in theatre and often mentors aspiring actors.

Vijay Raaz’s journey in the Indian film industry is a masterclass in versatility. He has defied typecasting, seamlessly transitioning between genres and breathing life into characters that resonate with audiences. As he embarks on the next chapter of his career, one thing remains certain: Vijay Raaz will continue to entertain and surprise us with his exceptional talent.

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