Oh Rahul Bose! Short, intense, talented, feminist, unpredictable, and looks great in a black turtleneck. Also, star of some of the most interesting films to talk about.
When I first got into Indian films back in 2004, Rahul Bose was accepted as the sexiest excitingist bestest of the young parallel male actors. He had Mr. and Mrs. Iyer from the serious side, and Jhankaar Beats from the light side. Then he went right into solid mainstream comedy with Pyaar Ke Side Effects, which did so-so. Didn’t matter, he was still in our minds, he was a face and a name we knew.
Turns out, only people who entered films in 2004 would know him that way! Because Rahul just didn’t want it. You know how movie stars will do a buzzy interesting risky film no one else wants to get people talking about them and leverage that into their real career? Rahul keeps doing those movies, and then not leveraging. He just likes doing the buzzy interesting risky films. He’s had almost three decades of the buzzy interesting films and is no closer to “leveraging” to a real career than he was at the start.
He isn’t even interested in working steadily as an actor! He acts, he also directs, and he writes. He does a lot of stage work. He works on his not-for-profit. He hosts interesting television projects. He is completely frustrating to those of us who want other people to find and love him like we do.
And it’s so easy to love him! You see him in one movie and go “whoa, who’s the super good actor dude that is also strangely hot?” Heck, you see him in real life and feel the same way. Back 15 years ago, my sister got to see him live at some post-filming Q&A thing and said he was way way shorter than you realize, and also super can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him sexy.
Anyway, Rahul Bose! 52 years old today, just as hot as ever, riding high post Bulbbul, could have any project he wants, and will no doubt choose to do a stage play about endangered tiger’s or something and disappear again until he suddenly pops up in some other random female directed/produced movie 2 years from now.