Vijay Raaz (Born: 5th June 1963) is an Indian film actor. His breakthrough came with the role he played as Dubeyji in the movie ‘
Monsoon Wedding’ and achieved his fame for the performance in the film ‘
Run’. His “Kauwa Biryani” act became highly praised worldwide. Since then, Raaz has been cast in small and comic roles in many Hindi movies. His specialty lies in depicting a common man in today’s Hindi movies.
His first directed film is ‘
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’. Vijay hails from Allahabad, Uttarpradesh. When he was a student of Kirori Mal College, he was a part of the dramatic society called ‘The Players.' He also appeared in plays at the National School of Drama.
In pursuit of a film career, he moved to Mumbai and got a role in Ram Gopal Verma’s film ‘Jungle’. Legendary Indian actor
Naseeruddin Shah noticed him Perform at the National School of Drama. Impressed, he recommended Raaz for Mahesh Mathai’s ‘
Bhopal Express’ and to
Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding.
His first cast as a leading actor was in the film ‘Raghu Romeo’, where he portrays the life and struggles of a low-born Indian man. It was a box office hit. However, Vijay Raaz came into lime light for his memorable performance in the
Abhishek Bachchan starrer movie ‘Run’. His performance in the movie got the cult status and made him popular among mass people. He played a significant role of a reckless gangster in the film ‘
Delhi Belly’. For the villainous performance in the movie, he received much critical applause.
Despite his arrest at the Abu Dhabi airport in the year 2005 for possession of drugs, he continues to be a popular face in present day’s Indian cinema.