Rahul Bose (born July 27, 1967), an Indian actor, screenwriter, film director, social activist, and rugby union player.
He is notable for his involvement in the relief efforts that followed the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and is also the founder of the anti-discrimination NGO, The Foundation.
Rahul Bose was born to Rupen and Kumud Bose. He spent his childhood in Kolkata, West Bengal then moved to Mumbai with his family.
He is an alumnus of the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai and graduated from Sydenham College. Rahul spent time doing theatre, boxing, and playing rugby, during his college days.
His mother introduced him to boxing and rugby union. He plays international rugby in the National Orange Indian Rugby Team.
Bose left his job at Rediffusion as a creative director to become a actor, writer, and director
Bose started his acting career at age six when he played the lead in his school play, Tom, the Piper's Son. He has performed on the Bombay stage as well as abroad in venues such as the Leicester Haymarket in England where he starred in Tim Murari's The Square Circle. His first film, English, August became a cult favourite. Other notable films include Split Wide Open (Best Actor, Singapore Film Festival, 2000), Mr. And Mrs. Iyer, and Jhankaar Beats. Despite his roles in more mainstream movies like Thakshak and Chameli, Bose has been called "the superstar of Indian arthouse cinema" by Time magazine and "the Sean Penn of Oriental cinema" by Maxim. He is scheduled to begin shooting his adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's novel, Moth Smoke in early 2009.