Randeep Hooda, who was born on 20 August 1976, is a jockey and an Indian actor by profession. In the Hindi film industry, he is highly recognized for his work, as he is the legatee of privileges such as a nomination each for the Filmfare and the International Indian Film Academy Awards and two Stardust Awards.
In 2001, Hooda made his Hindi cinema debut with Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding. However, he did not find much recognition, and he went on to appear in a cluster of commercially unsuccessful projects, which included D in 2005 and Karma Aur Holi in 2009. In his career, a turning point came when Hooda designated in the commercially solvent movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai in 2010, and later was noted for his performance in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster in 2011, which paid him an IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor. His starring roles in thrillers such as Jism 2 (2012) and Jannat 2 (2012) which encouraged him to achieve success at the box-office as he continued to amass praise for his acts in such films as the biopics Rang Rasiya (2014) and Sarabjit (2016) and the road drama Highway (2014).
Besides his film career, Hooda has performed in countless stage shows, and he had made his debut as a tragedian with the adoption of Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods. He is also a professional equestrian who has regularly joined in show jumping, polo, and dressage events. An open event in New Delhi that was organized by the Equestrian Federation of India won him a silver medal in dressage.
Early life and background
Randeep Hooda was born into a Hindu Jat based family by his parents Dr. Ranbir Hooda who is a medical surgeon, and Asha Devi Hooda, who is a social worker. As his parents traveled extensively, he has spent most of his childhood with his grandmother in their hometown and has mostly only resided in the Middle East. He has one elder sister, Anjali Hooda Sangwan, and she is a medical (MBBS, MD) doctor who was trained in India and in the United States of America and had a
younger brother Sandeep Hooda, who is a Software Engineer working by profession in Singapore. He has done his early education at Motilal Nehru School of Sports (MNSS), which is a boarding school in Rai, Haryana, where he participated in sports like equestrian and swimming and won medals at the national level. At a later stage, Hooda also developed an interest in theatre and participated in school shows, one of which was directed by him. He said he enjoyed performing and appearing in front of people in an interview with Rediff.com. But then his family wanted him to become a doctor, and he was shifted to Delhi Public School, in R. K. Puram in New Delhi. Hooda mentioned the change of environment from one in which he was popular to one in which he was unknown as strenuous After finishing his schooling, Hooda was transferred to Melbourne, Australia, in 1995, and studied for a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in human resource
management and business management. At that point in time, he worked as a car washer in a Chinese restaurant, as a waiter, and worked for two years as a taxi driver. Hooda returned to India in 2000 and worked in the marketing department of an airline at first but later started working and modeling in amateur theatre in Delhi. Director Mira Nair approached Randeep Hooda to audition for a role in her upcoming film while he was continuously rehearsing for the play To Teach His Own.
Bollywood career 2001–09: Debut and struggle
Hooda made his acting debut playing a non-resident Indian from Australia in Mira Nair’s film Monsoon Wedding in 2001. Even though the film was a great commercial and critical success, Hooda waited for four years for a second project. In the meantime, to support his own self financially, he worked in theatre and appeared in television commercials. He also came through and aided a fancy and spontaneous workshop conducted at the National School of Drama in New Delhi
by Nasiruddin Shah.
Hooda worked as the male protagonist in Ram Gopal Varma’s gangster film D in 2005. He received many positive reviews for his performance in the film; Taran Adarsh noted, Without Randeep D wouldn’t be what it is. His expressions are changed like a chameleon changes colors, and that’s where he chalks up; After D, Hooda continuously appeared in a number of unsuccessful films which include Darna Zaroori Hai (2006), Risk (2007), Love Khichdi (2009) and Ru Ba Ru (2008).
2010–16: Breakthrough and critical acclaim
The year 2010 marked an important turn in Hooda’s career; when he showed up in Milan Luthria’s directed Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, which is a period action drama movie portraying the scene of the sorted crime in Mumbai. Co-acting along with Kangana Ranaut, Emran Hashmi, Ajay Devgan and Prachi Desai, where Hooda played the role of a police officer in the film.
Hooda’s initial film in 2012 was Kunal Deshmukh’s crime thriller movie Jannat 2, which was a sequel to Jannat (2008). The movie received mingled reviews from critics, but Hooda was appreciated for his performance. Taran Adarsh wrote, Randeep conveyed yet another stunning blow execution. He dominates in various scenes, making you believe that if given a good time, the guy can steal the thunder from the best actors of Bollywood.
In 2013, Hooda acted opposite Sara Loren and Aditi Rao Hyderi in Vishesh Bhatt’s Murder 3, a movie which is an official remake of the 2011 Colombian thriller The Hidden Face. In ten days, the film made a worldwide gross of ₹250 million (US$3.5 million) and was an average maker.
In 2014, Hooda showed up against Alia Bhatt in Imtiaz Ali’s Highway. To add on to his character, which reviewed a distant relationship with Bhatt’s character, Randeep avoided speaking to her for about 25 days or so. For Hindustan Times, Parmita Uniyal was seen praising Hooda’s nuanced yet managed ; performance wrote that he imparted legitimacy to his character.
In 2016, Hooda performed in four different films, the first being the drama-thriller Laal Rang, a movie revolving around illegal blood selling. Director Omung Kumar’s biographical drama movie Sarabjit was his second release, where he portrayed the role of Singh, a man who was apprehended by Pakistan and later sentenced to death by their Supreme Court for purported
terrorism. Hooda’s next release was Deepak Tijori’s Do Lafzon Ki Kahani next to Kajal Aggarwal.
His final release of 2016 was the sports-drama Sultan, with co-actors Anushka Sharma and Salman Khan, where he played the role of the coach of Salman playing sultan. It ranks among Indian cinema’s biggest grosses with earnings of over ₹5 billion (US$70 million) worldwide.
Awards and nominations
In 2010, he earned a Lions gold award nomination for the favorite actor in a supporting role for the movie once upon a time in Mumbai. He was also nominated for best actor for two other movies in 2012 and 13. Again in 2014, he won a stardust
award for best role in the highway. In 2015 he was nominated for a film fair but either won stardust in play for a negative role. Media image Apart from his prominence as a fervent actor, Hooda is considered one of India’s most striking celebrities.
In the Times of India’s annual list of the 50 most desirable men, He was ranked 21st in 2010. By the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) in 2011, a global online survey was conducted, which ranked him seventh on the list of the “20 sexiest men in the world.”
Although he was astonished and indebted, Hooda said that he is not powered by such dockets. I want people to know me for my magic of work, then just my body. Being sexy can only be an added advantage, not the be-all and end-all for an artist
Hooda used to live in a hostel straight from the tender age; he said; I’ve always had an amusing time. It’s something that gives life to my spirit and pumps my spirit as well. Now, I want my parents to stay with me, and I want to be delighted with their company more.” He said he had a warm relationship with his parents, who lives in Faridabad, and that their frank nature to everything for him has helped him a lot in life. He considers Nasiruddin Shah to be very close to him and praise him as his mentor, confidant, and friend, saying, He a revelation and somebody who has helped to foster me as an actor, not
necessarily my profession but my creativity.”
Hooda even had a relationship with erstwhile Miss Universe and actress Sushmita Sen from 2004 to 2006. He later mentioned cutting his relationship off changed his career; The break-up was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and I realized that I gave it too much time and importance in my life.”
Hooda has been working in theatre since the beginning of his Bollywood career; he is an ongoing member of Nasiruddin Shah’s Motley Theatre Troupe. Hooda has played in Kali Shalwar Aur Kuchchh Kahaniyan a play that is based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s small tales, To Teach His Own, and Arms and The Man. has explained the story as a typical George Bernard
Shaw’s play. It is full of elements that are to entertain a whole audience. It scrabbles around true love, heroism, and some confusing relationships that pretty thwart even in the current gregarious structure.
Hooda is the only Bollywood actor who uniformly participates in equestrian sports professionally, including show jumping and polo. After the release of his film D, he started competing at a professional level. Hooda was trained by Brigadier Bishnoi and Colonel SS Ahalawat in dressage and show-jumping. He related riding as his passion.