Raqesh Bapat, the model turned actor, gained immense popularity across the nation following his appearance on the reality show Bigg Boss OTT, hosted by Karan Johar. His relationship with fellow contestant Shamita Shetty, fondly known as "ShaRa," captivated audiences, making them a highlight of the show. As Raqesh celebrates his 44rd birthday on September 1, we delve into his entertainment journey and unveil lesser-known aspects of his life.
Early Life and Discovery:
Born in Amravati, Maharashtra, Raqesh Bapat initiated his career in the entertainment industry through commercials, laying the foundation for his success. His breakthrough came when director Anubhav Sinha's wife noticed him in a toothpaste advertisement, leading to his debut in the 2001 film "Tum Bin." The movie's success marked the beginning of Raqesh's journey to fame, establishing it as a cult classic.
Challenges and Triumphs:
Following the triumph of "Tum Bin," Raqesh faced challenges in replicating that success with subsequent films like "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar," "Tumse Milke Wrong Number," and "Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya." Taking a break from the industry, he returned in 2012 with a role in Madhur Bhandarkar's "Heroine." Raqesh's career extended to Marathi cinema with supporting roles in films such as "Savita Damodar Paranjpe," "Citizen," and "Mumbai Apli Ahe."
Venturing into Television:
Raqesh Bapat's television debut arrived with the 2005 show "Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar." His portrayal of Anuj, the sole male character among a group of diverse women, garnered attention. The actor's journey continued on the reality dance show "Nach Baliye 6" in 2013, where he participated with his then-wife Ridhi Dogra. The couple's marriage eventually ended in divorce in 2019.
Hidden Talents and Achievements:
While Raqesh enthralls audiences on screen, his off-screen pursuits reveal his artistic talents. He is an accomplished sculptor and painter, having won a National Award for his painting during his school days. Each year, he crafts an eco-friendly Ganesha idol for the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities, reflecting his commitment to art and sustainability.
Raqesh Bapat: Beyond the Screen:
Before adopting his current name, Raqesh went by Rakesh Vashisht, which he changed due to numerological considerations. He secured the title of Mr. Pune at the age of 21 and emerged as the first runner-up in the Grasim Mr. India competition. His excellence led him to represent India in the "Mr. International" contest held in Germany, where he secured the second position. R
As Raqesh Bapat celebrates his 44th birthday, his journey from a small-town boy to a renowned actor continues to inspire. From his early days of modeling and his breakthrough role in "Tum Bin" to his memorable stint on Bigg Boss OTT, Raqesh's career has been a testament to determination and talent. As he navigates through the diverse facets of the entertainment world, Raqesh's contributions and versatile abilities serve as an inspiration to aspiring artists and actors alike.