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Overview (1)

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Randeep Hooda was born in a small village called Daseya in the Rohtak district of Haryana. His mother, Asha Hooda, is a BJP politician and his father is a surgeon by profession. He did schooling from Delhi Public School before moving to Australia for higher studies. He is Bachelors in Marketing & Human Resource Management.

He made his film debut in Monsoon Wedding (2001) where he plays NRI (Non Resident Indian). He got the role in Monsoon Wedding primarily because of his Australian accent rather then his acting skills or good looks.

However even after a powerful performance in Monsoon Wedding he had to wait for 4 years to get a second project. He finally got lucky and Ramgopal Verma cast him as lead in a gangster flick "D" (2005). "D" was a turning point in his career and he suddenly became a household name across the country. The "D" which supposedly portrays Dawood Ibrahim's real life gave Randeep Hooda a grand entry into tinsel town.

Recently he got the lead role in "Karma, Confessions and Holi" (2006) produced by Drena De Niro.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Atul Jhajhria

Randeep Hooda is an actor based out of Mumbai, India. He made his debut with Mira Nair's "Monsoon Wedding," and subsequently went on to become a relevant player in the Hindi film industry with an interesting body of work.

After his initial success with "Monsoon Wedding," Randeep was cast as the male lead in Ram Gopal Varma's gritty gangster film D, allegedly based on the life of Dawood Ibrahim. His performance in the film received positive reviews.

Soon after, Randeep's career expanded with lead roles in films such as Darna Zaroori Hain, Risk, Ru Ba Ru, Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, and Love Khichdi. He has also starred in an international production titled, Karma Aur Holi, which revealed his universal appeal on a global scale. Outside films, Randeep is actively involved with the leading theatre group - Motley, founded by noteworthy Indian actor - Naseerudin Shah, his mentor.

Most recently, his performance was highlighted in the partially fictionalized 2010 blockbuster film, "Once Upon A Time in Mumbai," in which he played an honest cop who inadvertently gives rise to Dawood Ibrahim, one of India's most infamous underworld crime lords. His performance in the film was appreciated by critics and proved to be a turning point in his career. The film emerged as a critical and commercial success, earning over 78 crore (US$14.2 million) in India. Hooda later attributed his success to the film. The film went on to receive nominations for Best Picture at all major award functions.

The following year, Hooda featured in Tigmanshu Dhulia's romantic thriller Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster with Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill. Upon release, the film and his portrayal of a gangster who falls in love with a married woman while working for her as a driver, earned rave reviews from critics.

Hooda's first film in 2012 was Kunal Deshmukh's crime thriller Jannat 2, a follow-up film to Jannat (2008). While the film received mixed reviews from critics, Hooda was applauded for his performance. Taran Adarsh wrote that "the actor delivers yet another knockout performance. He dominates in several sequences, making you realize that if given an opportunity, the guy can steal the thunder from the best of actors." Sonia Chopra of Sify said, "Randeep Hooda is the best thing about the film." The film was a commercial success, with a domestic revenue of over 41 crore (US$7.46 million). His next appearance was in Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 opposite Sunny Leone. The film and Hooda's performance garnered mixed reviews from critics. Lisa Tsering of The Hollywood Reporter said that Hooda "smolders to the best of his ability in the role of a violent criminal." Jism 2 was a moderate commercial success, earning 35 crore (US$6.37 million) in India.

Hooda's final film in 2012 was Madhur Bhandarkar's drama Heroine featuring Kareena Kapoor as the protagonist. He was cast by the director to essay the role of a cricketer named Angad Paul. Prior to the start of principal photography, actor Arunoday Singh was chosen to play the role, but was later dropped from the film due to unknown reasons. Media reports began speculating the name of several actors (such as Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Prateik Babbar) though Bhandarkar later confirmed that he had selected Hooda after seeing his performance in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011). Upon release, the film received mixed to negative reviews but Hooda's performance was appreciated by critics. The film was eventually declared a below average grosser as it failed at the domestic and international box office.

As of February 2013, Hooda stars opposite Aditi Rao Hydari and Sara Loren in Mahesh Bhatt's Murder 3 and the anthology film Bombay Talkies, in the segment directed by Karan Johar, alongside Rani Mukerji and Saqib Saleem. He has also been signed on for several other projects including Vishram Sawant's Shooter, John Day, Rensil D'Silva's Ungli and Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (7)

Sister is world famous surgeon Dr. Anajali Hooda.. Younger brother is a engineer in Singapore Sandeep Hooda.
Starred in the shelved film Ram Gopal Varma's "Shock" directed by Jiji Philip. It was a remake of Ram Gopal's Telegu film Shock. Randeep was later replaced by Mohit Ahlawat. The Telegu version was dubbed in Hindi as Kick 2 in 2014.
Was approached for Shyam Benegal's Carmen(Chamki Chameli)in 2005. The title role was offered to many actress's. Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Urmila Matondkar.Jimmy Shergill was eventually signed. Music by AR Rahman. The film was finally shelved.
Starred in Satish Kaushik's shelved movie " Mayanagri" opposite Mahie Gill. He was to play a male gigolo. This was in 2012.
Was signed to play the main villain in Ram Gopal Varma's "Ek" co starring Amitabh Bachchan,Ajay Devgan. The film was eventually shelved .
Was signed for Rajkumar Santoshi' s film "Sif Mohabbat" but the film got shelved.
Starred in Varma Creations shelved film " Badla" (2006). Starring Randeep Hooda, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar. Produced and Directed by Ram Gopal Verma.The was going to be a psychological thriller.

Personal Quotes (6)

I waited so long because I know how important the launch is for a newcomer in our cinema. In this matter I want to play by their rules. Like Ramu I believe audiences can be entertained without going into the rut.
I'm really not nervous. I've gone through the process of the acting in theater. I've done my best. What happens now is not in my hands. If you have life's experiences with you nothing can stop you from being a competent actor
I never had a problem being called a Naseeruddin Shah protégé, a Ram Gopal Varma product or Sushmita Sen's friend. I always knew I'd have my own identity
Seriously I suspected I was a good actor, though I didn't know it during 'Monsoon Wedding'. Now I realize the more I learn the less I know about acting... and life.
Everyone wants to be famous, so do I. But I cannot lose sleep over it. Today, I am not a huge box-office hit nor am I on the cover of film magazines. If I were to take stardom seriously, I would have been depressed
At the end of the day an actor is only a cog in the wheel. But experience helps. I've done six films in as many years. But I've learnt a lot more. I'm losing my unawareness and becoming more humble

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