Birthday Love: Rohit Roy is versatility personified


Alhough his career spans over 24 years, Rohit Roy has worked extremely well in both the small and the big screens. Making his mark with audiences early on in his career, the actor has ensured he is a face to remember and he is authentic and true to each of the characters he plays. As he turns 50, revisits some of Roy’s best work.

‘Swabhimaan’ (1995)
Though he began his acting journey in a film, it wasn’t until Roy bagged this little TV gem ‘Swabhimaan’ that he really got noticed. Despite not being the protagonist, Roy’s character Rishab Malhotra is the very first person audiences see in Mahesh Bhatt’s TV series. Playing the son of a recently deceased business tycoon whose mistress was facing all the trouble, Roy is the one many remember, marking him a favourite for many series-watchers and a household name from there on in. Through this, the series was also the first of its kind to reach 500 episodes.

‘Sarkarr:Rishton Ki Ankahi Kahani’ (2005-2006)
Working with brother Ronit Roy was a move junior Roy would soon realise would work in his favour. In another drama written by Shobhaa De, Roy played a temperamental, angry Karan Singh who gets caught up the midst of dirty politics whilst supporting his widowed mum after his brother dies. Roy’s performance in this series was one that impressed all. Portraying this character as a bad guy trying to be good was something many found intriguing and very different from what they were used to.

‘Viraasat’ (2006)
From troubled boy to crazy lover, Roy showed his audiences that they have yet to see what else he can do when he turned a stereotypical romantic drama into a phenomenal watch. Taking on the lead character of Rahul Lamba,who falls madly in love with the daughter if his family’s enemy, ‘Viraasat’ gave Roy the chance to portray this romantic hero who will do anything for the one he loves. His act not only won the hearts of many but he also bagged the award for best actor for the role.

’Shootout at Lokhandwala’ (2007)
Roy’s dabble into films was also something that enhanced his reach and a film about gangs and violence seemed right up his alley. However, with a star cast which included the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn to name a few, there was a potential fear that Roy would be lost in the background. However, as audiences were glued to their seat, it was Roy’s name amongst them all which had people talking. His stint as Fattoo earned him huge applause and a lot more recognition.

‘Kaabil’ (2017)
Just as he plays the role of a good guy, Roy’s performance as the heartless brat with no remorse; Amit Sheller in ‘Kaabil’ will be one that no one will ever forget. Roy brings out the worst in this character, as expected from a baddie, and again teams up with real brother Senior Roy. With every move, Roy plays this character with such effect that audiences hate his character but are equally awed by his performance. It could be said to be one of his best performances to date.


He may not be at the forefront of every screen, but the magic of this actor has proven over and over again that he doesn’t have to be. In letting his work speak for itself, Roy has managed to become a name everyone gets excited about. wishes Rohit Roy a very happy birthday, and we all look forward to seeing more of him on our screens.

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