Rajiv Rai is a multifaceted legend in the field of Hindi Cinema. He was born in the year 1955, in Mumbai. He has been a Writer, Editor and a Director in several number of films. Rajiv was born to
Gulshan Rai, a great Film Producer in the late nineties. He has predominantly produced the films of the popular Yash Raj Chopra and the films of his son. Rajiv first entered into Bollywood, in the year 1985 by directing a flick, titled Yudh.
The film had
Anil Kapoor and
Jackie Shroff in the lead and was produced and distributed by Gulshan Rai’s company, Trimurti Films. He then started multitasking by writing and directing movies. He has given several Bollywood blockbusters such as Tridev (1989), Vishwatma (1992), Gupt (1997), Mohr (1994), Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) and so many other hit movies.
Music played a major role in the success of the Films made by Rajiv Rai. All the songs in his movies were mostly composed by the duos Kalyanji-Anandji and by
Viju Shah. The songs Tirchi Topi Wale and Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast were chartbusters. Rajiv Rai got married to Tridev movie fame actress, Sonam, in the year 1994.
The couple has a son, Gourav Rai and were settled in Mumbai. In the year 1997, a hitman, working under the notorious don Abu Salem, tried to murder Rajiv. This incident made Rajiv and his family flee to the United Kingdom. Rajiv was not seen in Bollywood for the next four years. He made a comeback in the year 2001, by directing the movie Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat. Rajiv has taken a diversion from his usual movie genre in this film.
He had attempted to make a romantic film, but the movie was a flop. Next he again made an action movie, Asambhav (2004), which also did not do well in box office. After that movie, Rajiv was never again seen in Bollywood. His son is now studying in South Mumbai College.