Rahul Dev is one of the most renowned villains in Bollywood. The actor has featured in various movies and played various Cruel and Bad roles in his films. However, he is the opposite in real life. He predominantly works in Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu films. Rahul in a recent interview opens up on Nepotism in the industry.
Rahul speaking about Nepotism in a recent interview said, “Being from the industry has its advantages, but if you sincerely look around, the largest success stories are that of the outsiders, be it Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha from the earlier lot and the three legendary Khans (Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman Khan) or Akshay Kumar are all outsiders. They have the most successful stories. So, I can't generalise anything.”
He further speaks about the contribution of south film industry in his career said,“I must say that the South directors could recognise that I have a certain character, which can be utilised in their stories and films which made my journey a successful and memorable one there. Now I observe that the directors here also are looking for something different, creating believable characters which gives me great encouragement. During my stint in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies, people initially thought it might be difficult for me to look native enough. However, acceptance came and it made me a household name.”
On the career front, Rahul was meant to make his acting debut as the main villain in Mukul S. Anand's 1997 film Dus but the director's death, while the film was still in production, caused the film to remain incomplete and unreleased. He then made his debut in the 2000 film Champion where he played a villainous role and for which he won the 2001 Filmfare Best Villain Award. He has since played villains and supporting roles in all of his films.