Tahir Raj Bhasin (born 21 April 1987)[1] is an Indian actor.[2] Born in Delhi, he holds a master's degree in media from the University of Melbourne. Bhasin made his screen debut with Kismat Love Paisa Dilli (2012) and made brief appearances in Kai Po Che! (2013) and One by Two (2014), before making his official film debut with Mardaani (2014), which fetched him a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and the Screen Award for the Best Antagonist. His Latest film Chhichhore (2019) became a blockbuster hit.[3]

Tahir Raj Bhasin
Tahir Raj Bhasin
Bhasin in 2016
Born (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 32)
Delhi, India
OccupationActor, model
Years active2012–present

Early lifeEdit

Bhasin was born in New Delhi; his father worked in the Indian Air Force and he is the elder of two siblings.[4] His father was in the Air Force while his mother worked for Confederation of Indian Industry, and Aptech Computers.[4] His younger brother is a pilot in Cathay Pacific.[4] His father and grandfather both served as fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force. During school days, he participated in a lot of extra-curricular activities.[5] He played basketball during school and did a lot of dance and theatre during college.[5]

At the age of 13, Bhasin started acting and initiated his fundamental acting training, while he was 15, at the Barry John Acting School.[6] He studied political science at Hindu College, University of Delhi and did a workshop with Aamir Raza Hussain, who is a big theater personality in Delhi.[7] It was when he participated in the IIT Bombay's Mood Indigo festival, he decided to become an actor.[5] He holds a master's degree in media from the University of Melbourne, Australia with special papers in screen media and the history and philosophy of film.[8] At the age of 18, he worked at a national news production company where he hosted a campus-talk-show for a news channel.[7] Bhasin moved to Mumbai at the age of 23 to pursue acting and concentrate on modelling.[9] He joined the Institute of Advanced Acting and Behavioural Studies for a year, where he learnt about body language and behavioral analytic.[4] In 2013, he took part in the summer intensive acting and voice training program conducted by Naseeruddin Shah.[4][10]


Bhasin committed to acting professionally in 2012, where he featured in four short films for the Film and Television Institute of India, and appeared in Indian television advertisements for companies like Samsung and Canon camera.[4] During the year, he was seen in a cameo appearance in the comedy thriller film Kismat Love Paisa Dilli directed by Sanjay Khanduri.[11] After starring in a three-minute role in Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che! (2013), playing the role of senior Ali—the cricketer in the film—Bhasin appeared in the romantic comedy One by Two (2014), directed by Devika Bhagat.[12]

In 2014, Bhasin made his Bollywood film debut—in a lead role—in Pradeep Sarkar's crime thriller Mardaani alongside Rani Mukerji, in which he played the role of Karan Rastogi, a Delhi-based human trafficking kingpin. His character in the film, inspired from the American TV series, Breaking Bad[13] was critically acclaimed and critics appraised the representation of a "new, young, chilling face of crime" in Indian cinema.[7][14] Mohar Basu of Koimoi called Bhasin a "revelation",[15] and Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama mentioned that Bhasin made sure he leaves an "ineradicable impression" even if "pitted against a powerhouse performer" like Mukerji.[16] With the role, Bhasin topped "The Times hotlist'14" in the Best actor in a negative role category,[5][17] and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the annual Filmfare Awards ceremony.[18]

In 2016, Tahir starred in the action spy thriller Force 2 as the antagonist opposite John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha. His acclaimed portrayal won him a Star screen nomination for best supporting actor.

For his work in Mardaani and Force 2 Tahir ranked in the Forbes magazine 30 under 30 list for 2017.[19] In 2017 he was ranked in The Times of India list of top 50 most desirable men.[20]

Tahir walked the red carpet at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as part of the cast for Nandita Das’s Manto , in which he portrays the 1940s Bollywood star Shyam.[21]

In 2019, he portrayed one of the lead roles in Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari's feature film Chhichhore.

Tahir is currently shooting for Kabir Khan’s 83, a film about India’s first cricket World Cup victory in 1983. He is playing the part of the legendary test cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.[22]

Personal life and off-screen workEdit

In an interview, Bhasin admitted that he had relationships during school and college days but after being committed to acting, he does not have time for relationships.[5] Bhasin walked for the ninth edition of the fashion show "Ramp For Champs" and lent his support to charity organisation—Smile Foundation. The profits made from the event was used to educate girls.[23]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2012 Kismat Love Paisa Dilli Special Appearance
2013 Kai Po Che Special Appearance
2014 One by Two Special Appearance
Mardaani Karan "Walt" Rastogi Debut Film

Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor

2016 Force 2 Shiv/Rudra [25]
2018 Manto Shyam Cannes 2018 Selection , UnCertain Regard [26]
2019 Chhichhore Derek
2020 83 Sunil Gavaskar Filming, Release April 10, 2020
Web Series
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2018 Timeout Rahul Voot original series [27]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref(s)
2014 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Mardaani Won [18]
Screen Awards Best Actor In a Negative Role (Male) Won [28]
Most Promising Newcomer (Male) Nominated [29]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated [30]
Star Guild Awards Best Performance in a Negative Role Nominated [31]
Most Promising Debut- Male Nominated


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  2. ^ Rathod, Kinnari (25 November 2015). "Bad boy makes good". Filmfare. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (14 January 2015). "Winners of 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "'If I am not shown in Mardaani, who will Rani's Shivani fight with?'". Rediff.com. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Khuranaa, Amann (13 August 2015). "Tahir Raj Bhasin: I am focusing on my work and don't have time for relationships". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ Bedi, Shibani (1 September 2014). "Rising Star Tahir Raj Bhasin on Rani, Aamir and 'Luck by Chance'". NDTV. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Vaishnav, Anand (30 August 2014). "The Bad Boy Every Girl Loves To Hate". Indiatimes. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  8. ^ Vijayakar, R.M (26 August 2015). "'Mardaani' Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin Signs Onto 'Force 2'". India West. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ Varma, Lipika (1 September 2014). "Tahir Raj Bhasin - This new baddie is here to stay". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  10. ^ Rakheja, Henna (7 October 2014). "'Acting has always been my hobby'". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  11. ^ "From Sonali Raut to Surveen Chawla: What are the debutants upto?". Hindustan Times. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  12. ^ Thakker, Namrata (2 September 2014). "Tahir Raj Bhasin: I was really scared about working with Rani Mukerji!". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  13. ^ Basu, Mohar (29 August 2014). ""SRK Began With Darr & Few Years Later Women Were Falling In Love With Him" – Tahir Bhasin". Koimoi. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  14. ^ Shetty, Shakti (22 August 2014). "Movie review: 'Mardaani'". Mid Day. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  15. ^ Basu, Mohar (23 August 2014). "Mardaani Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  16. ^ Adarsh, Taran (22 August 2014). "Mardaani Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  17. ^ Sharma Garima; Gupta, Priya (23 July 2015). "Tahir Raj Bhasin of 'Mardaani' is the top negative actor of 2014". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  18. ^ a b c "60th Britannia Filmfare Awards 2014: Complete nomination list". The Times of India. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  19. ^ Kunal Purandare (7 February 2017). "30 Under 30: How anti-hero Tahir Raj Bhasin gets into the actor's skin". Forbes. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  20. ^ Sushmita Sen (27 June 2017). "3Most Desirable Men 2016: Hrithik, Ranveer, Shahid in top 10; Mr World Rohit Khandelwal tops the list". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  21. ^ "'Manto' at Cannes: Nandita Das-Nawazuddin Siddique film premieres at the French Riviera". dna. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  22. ^ "'83 actor Tahir Raj Bhasin is '110 per cent' prepared for the film | Bollywood News". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Ramp For Champs: Bollywood stars walk for girls education". Mid Day. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  24. ^ Divya Goyal (22 January 2015). "From Mogambo to Mardaani: New Age Villains Are Taking Over the World". NDTV. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Mardaani's Tahir Raj Bhasin Returns. May The Force (2) be With Him". NDTV. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  26. ^ Staff, Scroll. "Nandita Das's 'Manto' to be premiered at Cannes Film Festival". Scroll.in. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  27. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/bollywood/report-b-town-s-bad-boy-turns-good-for-a-web-series-2559501
  28. ^ "Winners of 21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  29. ^ "21st Annual Life OK Screen Awards nominations". The Indian Express. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  30. ^ "Nominations for Stardust Awards 2014". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  31. ^ "Nominations for 10th Renault Star Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2014.

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