B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Ashutosh Rana was born in Gadarwala, a small village of Madhya Pradesh. When he was 4, he took to acting in a small theatre group of his native village, much to the surprise of the fellow villagers. He showed a keen interest in acting which was rubbished by his family, and he was asked to concentrate on studies instead.
But Ashutosh was made of sterner stuff. He went to National School of Drama to learn acting. In 1993, He came to Mumbai with an acting degree and lots of dreams in his eyes. But he had to struggle for 2 years, before he got a chance to make an impact in the entertainment industry.
Ashutosh Rana first appeared in a TV serial Swabhimaan, which was scripted by Shobhaa De and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Ashutosh showed his polished acting skills as a grey-shaded persona and drew all the acclaim. Swabhimaan also brought him close to Mahesh Bhatt, who saw a great actor in Ashutosh and proved to be his mentor in the coming years. Ashutosh went on to play a small part in Mahesh Bhatt’s Tamanna (1997). He also played small parts in films like Sanshodhan (1996) and Krishna Arjun (1997)
Ashutosh Rana’s breakthrough film was Dushman (1998), where he played a psychopath killer. Although the film didn’t do very well at the box-office, Ashutosh Rana made news with his stellar performance and walked away with all the applause. His performance in Zakhm (1999) was also appreciated. Next came Sangharsh (1999), where again he just stole the show as the superstitious killer. This film established him as the Next big menace on screen, arousing the expectations from him to sky-high level.
Coming years saw a slightly lesser successful phase in Ashutosh Rana’s career. Although He gave fine performances in Baadal (2000), Kasoor (2001) and Raaz (2002), the spark he displayed in Dushman or Sangharsh was largely missing. However, He did give memorable performances in Haasil (2003) and LOC Kargil (2003).
Ashutosh had a lot of expectations from Shabnam Mausi (2005), where he played a eunuch, but it flopped. Meanwhile, He was also very good in Kalyug (2005). Slowly, Ashutosh Rana switched his attention to South Indian films. Venky (2004) and Bangaram (2006), two of the films he did there, were hits. But he didn’t stop doing Hindi films. In 2007, His performances in Awarapan and Dhokha came to much praise. His third Telugu film Okka Mogadu (2008) released to poor response early this year.
Ashutosh Rana won Filmfare Award back to back in 1998 and 1999 for his performances in a negative role in Dushman and Sangharsh. Famous TV and Film artist Renuka Shahane is his wife.