Rajeev Khandelwal: Biography

All you need to know about Court Martial actor Rajeev Khandelwal.

Mahima Maniar

September 30, 2020


5 min


Rajeev Khandelwal is a celebrated Indian actor, host and singer. He has carved his niche not only in the Bollywood industry but also by hosting talk shows on television. Other than acting in movies, he has also made a documentary named Samarpan based on paramilitary forces in India. This documentary was featured on Doordarshan.

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Early Life And Family

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Rajeev Khandelwal was born to Lt. Col. C.L. Khandelwal (retired) and Vijay Laxmi Khandelwal on 16 October 1975, in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His elder brother is Sanjeev Khandelwal. He did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jaipur. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.

In 2007, he adopted a five-year-old girl Swati from the Muskaan Institute. Khandelwal married his long-time girlfriend Manjiri Kamtikar on 7 February 2011.


The actor started modelling for brands like LML, Green Label Whiskey, Videocon among many others.

Rajeev Khandelwal started his career with television shows like Banphool (1998) and Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat (2002). He rose to fame with the popular show Kahin To Hoga (2003-05).

The actor has played many roles portraying the army and the police force. He was seen in Time Bomb 9/11 (2005), Sun Leyna, C.I.D. as ACP Prithviraj and Left Right Left as Captain Rajveer Singh Shekhawat (2006).


He has also hosted many shows, some of them being Deal Ya No Deal (2006), Sacch Ka Saamna (2009 and 2011), My Endeavour (2013), Juzz baat (2018) and Rag Rag Mein Ganga – the Travelogue for DD National in 2019. In 2011, Khandelwal became the brand ambassador for the National Geographic Channel’s show Super Cars.

Rajeev made his debut in the film industry with the critically acclaimed film Aamir in 2008, which proved to be a turning point for his career. He starred in Shaitan and Soundtrack in 2011. He has been a part of movies like Will You Marry Me? (2012), Table No. and Ishk Actually (2013).

He next featured in Peter Gaya Kaam Se and Samrat & Co. (2014). Rajeev has movies like Fever, DOA: Death of Amar (2016), Salt Bridge (2017) and Pranaam (2019) in his kitty. He hosted the documentary film The Legend of Jaggannath in 2016, which takes a look at the Indian religious festival of Rath Yatra and everything that leads to the celebration of this auspicious festival. In 2020, he has played prominent roles in Court Martial and Ateet (2020) on ZEE5.

Rajeev also has many web series to his credit. He made his digital debut with ALT Balaji’s  Haq Se in 2018. Following this, he starred in Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Marzi, both in 2019. He will soon be seen in ZEE5’s show Naxalbarislated to release later this year.

In 2016, the multitalented actor sang for the promotional version of the song “Teri Yaad” from his film Fever.


Rajeev has won several awards:

2004: Indian Telly Awards Best Fresh New Face (Male) (Kahin To Hoga)

2004: Kalakar Awards Best Actor (Kahin To Hoga)

2005: Indian Telly Awards Best Television Personality (Kahin To Hoga)

2006: MTV Lycra Style Awards Most Stylish Host on TV (Deal Ya No Deal)

2007: Gold Awards Best Actor In Leading Role (Left Right Left)

2007: Sansui Television Awards Best Actor Popular (Left Right Left)

2008: Indian Telly Awards Special Commendation (Aamir)

2009: Indian Telly Awards Best Anchor (Sacch Ka Saamna)

2011: Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor (Sacch Ka Saamna)

The actor was also nominated for:

2009: Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut (Aamir)

2009: Screen Awards Best Male Debut (Aamir)

2019: Lions Gold Awards Best Host (Juzz Baat)

Actors Worked With

Kalki Koechlin

Soha Ali Khan

Shreyas Talpade

Paresh Rawal

Watch his movie Ateet only on ZEE5.

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