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Rajiv Gulshan Rai (born on 18th July 1955 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and film editor. He is the son of the producer Gulshan Rai. He has directed all his films under his father's production company Trimurti Films.

Rajiv Rai
Asambhav Music Launch.jpg
Rajiv Rai (center) with Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra during the music launch of Asambhav (2004).
Born (1955-07-18) July 18, 1955 (age 63)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1982–2004
Known forTridev (1989)
Mohra (1994)
Gupt (1997)
Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001)
Spouse(s)Sonam (Divorced)

He made his debut as a director with the 1985 action film Yudh. He went on to write and direct several hit films in the action and thriller genres: Tridev (1989), Vishwatma (1992), Mohra (1994), and Gupt (1997). His films are also notable for their hit music composed by Kalyanji-Anandji (in Tridev) and Viju Shah in all his subsequent films.

He married Bollywood actress Sonam, whom he had directed in Tridev and Vishwatma in 1989 and 1992 respectively. He has one child with her. They divorced in 2016.[1] In 1997, he had to leave India with his family for the UK after a failed attempt to kill him by hitmen believed to be working for the Mumbai underworld leader Abu Salem.[2]

After a four-year hiatus from the Bollywood industry, he returned[3] to directing by introducing Arjun Rampal with his comeback venture Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). This was an attempt by Rai at directing a romantic drama, a change from his previous action films. The film failed at the box office and Rai returned to the action genre with his next film Asambhav (2004), again starring Arjun Rampal, which also failed to do well. Shortly after the release of Asambhav his father died at the age of 80 of a prolonged illness.He his not active in Bollywood since 2004 , though his fans have issued multiple requests pleading him on social media to return to directing action movies.


  1. ^ "15 साल से अलग रह रहे राजीव-सोनम का तलाक, 25 साल पहले हुई थी शादी". dainikbhaskar (in Hindi). 1 August 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Director Rajiv Rai shot at, escapes unhurt". Rediff. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  3. ^ "A complete change of scene". The Hindu. 2001-08-17. Retrieved 2016-07-31.

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