Raqesh Bapat (also known as Raqesh Vashisth) is an Indian model turned actor. Raqesh is an Indian TV Actor, Soap Opera Actor, Film Actor, Television Personality, and Model who is known for his work in popular Marathi and Hindi films like Tum Bin (2001), Vrundavan (2016), and Savita Damodar Paranjape. He became a well-known face after playing the role of Aditya Jakhar in the serial Maryada…Lekin Kab Tak? which aired on Star Plus. Bapat started his acting career in 2001 and is active to date. He entered in Hindi film industry with the movie Tum Bin. The actor also starred in television shows, like Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar (2005-2008), Qubool Hai (2014), and more. Raqesh is locked in the controversial reality show Bigg Boss OTT (15th season).
Raqesh Bapat was born on 1st September 1978 (age 43 years as of 2021). His Zodiac sign is Virgo. The actor was fascinated by the entertainment industry and hence appeared as a model. He acted in a few commercials, like Wrigley’s gum and Colgate. The model is a professionally trained Indian painter and sculptor. In 2012, he cracked a role in a Marathi movie, directed by an Indian filmmaker Samit Kakkad, titled Aayna Ka Bayna. Raqesh took off from there and is now seen in Hindi movies and reality shows.
Height: 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Bodyweight: 75 kg
Body Measurements: Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 12″
Raqesh Bapat got married on 29-5-2011 to an Indian television actress Riddhi Dogra. His wife Riddhi Dogra has portrayed the famous role of Priya in the TV show Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak. Their marriage was love-cum-arranged one. However, their marriage didn’t work well and they got separated with mutual consent in February 2019.
Raqesh Bapat belongs to a middle-class family, and he practises the Hindu religion. He was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. There is not much information about his family, but his father is an Army Personal, and his mother is a school’s principal. Raqesh has an elder sister, Sheetal Bapat.
The actor took education from the University Of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. However, he traces his roots back to Maharashtra, India. He is an MBA graduate from Mumbai University.
CAREER AS AN ACTOR
Raqesh Bapat began his career in television shows and films. Bapat made his acting debut with the film titled Tum Bin in 2001. He also acted in the TV serial Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar from 2005 to 2008, which was telecasted on Zee TV.
Being from Mumbai, the Marathi film industry was in the works for Raqesh, as he made his Marathi debut with Savita Damodar Paranjape in 2018. From that point forward, he has acted in Hindi motion pictures like Vrundavan in 2016, Tum Bin (2001), Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), Tumse Milke Wrong Number (2003), Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya (2004), and more. He also worked with an Indian film director Deepak Ramsay in Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai(2017), in which he played the role of an upcoming singer. He was then associated with the movie titled Jai Santoshi Maa, which was directed by an Indian film director Ahmed Siddiqui in 2006. Later, he appeared in the lead role as Shlok in Sony TV’s series, Seven- The Ashvamedha Prophecy. Raqesh was also seen in the 2012 TV drama series Hongey Judaa Na Hum, in which he played the role of Rohan Mishra. In 2014, Bapat portrayed the lead character of Asad Ahmed Khan in the popular TV serial Qubool Hai, where he replaced an Indian actor Karan Singh Grover. Moreover, he won the title of Most Desirable Men Of Maharashtra in the year 2017 and was grouped sixteenth among the top 20 contenders. Bapat worked in a Marathi movie Aayna Ka Bayna along with other co-actors Sachin Khedekar (Indian actor) and Amruta Khanvilkar (Indian actress). Afterwards, he was seen in a dance reality show titled Nach Baliye (2013) along with his wife Riddhi Dogra. Raqesh is a great sculptor and has been awarded various awards for his painting.
Bapat is also associated with a non-profit organisation, Shyamchi Aai Foundation. He runs the organisation along with his sister, Sheetal Bapat.
Raqesh Bapat loves horse riding and painting. He enjoys listening to music and singing songs.
Bapat likes playing tennis and is fond of playing musical instruments like the flute & sitar.
MORE ABOUT RAQESH BAPAT
The actor is not just a fine performer but is a phenomenal sculptor as well. He worships Lord Ganesha and sculpts idols of Hindu deities Ganesha during the annual Indian festival Ganeshotsav.
Raqesh bagged a National Award for the Best Painter at the junior level for his painting.
Raqesh began his vocation as a model and won titles such as Mr Pune. He stood first runner-up at the ‘Grasim Mr India’ and ‘Mr. International’ contest.
Raqesh wanted to do a sculpting course in Australia to get more knowledge about bronze and glass painting.
He appeared as a supermodel for the well-known toothpaste brand ‘Colgate’ and the chewing-gum maker ‘Wrigley’s.
Along with his sister, Sheetal, he supports the non-profit organization ‘Shyamchi Aai Foundation. The organisation aims to develop skills among children and help them to opt for courses that would increase their potential.
JOURNEY IN BIGG BOSS
Actor Raqesh Bapat is contesting in the fifteenth season of the Indian reality show Bigg Boss OTT along with other contenders including Shamita Shetty (Indian Bollywood actress), Pratik Sehajpal (model), Divya Agarwal (Indian television actress), Neha Bhasin (Indian singer), Milind Gaba (Indian singer), Ridhima Pandit (Indian actress), Akshara Singh (Indian actress), Zeeshan Khan (Indian TV actor), and more. The show plays on Voot. However, the actor is giving tough competition to the inmates and aims to take the winner’s trophy home.
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