Ronit Roy

Ronit Roy (born Ronit Bose Roy, 11 October 1965) is an Indian actor, known for his works in Indian television and Indian film industry. Roy has earned numerous accolades in his career including a Filmfare Award,[1] two Screen Awards, five ITA Awards and six Indian Telly Awards. He is often called the Amitabh Bachchan of television.[2]

Ronit Roy
Ronit Roy at Sound of Music Play Premiere
Born (1965-10-11) 11 October 1965
Nagpur, India
OccupationActor, businessman
Years active1984–present
Known for
Spouse(s)Neelam Roy (2003 - present)
RelativesRohit Roy (brother)
AwardsFull list

Early life and background

He is the eldest son of businessman, Brotin Bose Roy and Dolly Roy.[3] His younger brother, Rohit Roy is also a TV actor. Ronit Roy spent his childhood in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[4] This is where he did his schooling with the father of Ayush Sarkar, teenage actor. After his schooling, Roy pursued hotel management. After completion of his studies, he moved to Mumbai and stayed at the residence of filmmaker Subhash Ghai.[5] While Roy was keen to work in the film industry, Subhash Ghai persuaded him, not to pursue it due to the difficulties associated with it. Ronit worked as a management trainee at Mumbai's Sea Rock Hotel. To have experience at all different levels, Ronit's work ranged from dish-washing and cleaning to serving tables and bar-tending.

Acting career

TV career

Ronit received a call from Balaji Telefilms to offer him a part in the television serial Kammal. Due to the lack of any appealing movie offers, he accepted the offer. Before Kammal got started, Balaji Telefilms also offered Ronit for Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Rishabh Bajaj, a ruthless yet suave middle aged business tycoon. Roy's impressive performance as Mr. Bajaj made him popular and landed him in Balaji Telefilms' Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Mihir Virani, replacing Amar Upadhyay.

From 2009 to 2011 he played the role of Dharamraj in NDTV Imagine's Bandini, which won him accolades for his astonishing portrayal of a crude and ruthless diamond merchant who is never defeated.

He has also participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a dance reality show in 2007, and another show, Yeh Hai Jalwa in 2008 as a contestant. He hosted the Kitchen Champions in 2010 which was on Colors TV.

In 2010 he starred in Sony TV's popular courtroom drama show Adaalat as K.D. Pathak, a sharp unique lawyer who only fights for the truth.

He returned in the drama genre in 2014 with Balaji Telefilms's Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar as Dr. Nachiket Khanna, alias Neil K opposite Pallavi Kulkarni.

In 2016, he starred in Adaalat (season 2) where he reprised his character from the previous season.

Film career

Roy made his debut in Hindi film industry with Jaan Tere Naam (1992) which was a commercial success. He starred with Aditya Pancholi and Kishori Shahane in Bomb Blast (1993).[6] which was also a commercial success.

After his success on TV, Ronit featured in more Bollywood movies in supporting roles. In 2010, he starred in the critically acclaimed film Udaan; his work was much praised and won him many accolades. Roy's performance was ranked among 100 greatest performances of the decade list by Film Companion.[7]

Udaan brought Ronit back to the movie scene. He next starred in films such as Anurag Kashyap's That Girl in Yellow Boots, Karan Johar's Student of the Year, Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, Sanjay Gupta's Shootout at Wadala (produced by Ekta Kapoor), and Anurag Kashyap's Ugly.

In 2013, he played main antagonist in the Akshay Kumar starrer BOSS and in 2014 he appeared in 2 States in which his performance received much appreciation.

He has also shared screen with Hrithik Roshan playing the role of an antagonist in the 2017 thriller Kaabil.

In 2017 he made his debut in Telugu film industry with N.T.R Jr. starrer Jai Lava Kusa, where he played the role of main antagonist Sarkar.[8]

Digital career

In 2018, Roy made his digital debut in an ALTBalaji's Web series Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain along with Mona Singh and Gurdeep Kohli.

In 2019, he starred in an Indian crime thriller web series Hostages.

Business venture

Ronit owns Ace Security and Protection agency. It currently caters to Bollywood actors such as Salman Khan, Amitabh Bacchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan; also to Indian Premier League ex-Chairman and ex-Commissioner Lalit Modi and his son Ruchir Modi. Some of the movie projects that Ace Security and Protection have also lent their services to are Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Yaadein, Na Tum Jano Na Hum, Saathiya, and Armaan.[9]

Personal life

Ronit Roy was married to a woman named Joanna with whom he had a daughter called Ona. They separated when their daughter was 6 years old.[10]

On 25 December 2003, Ronit married actress and model Neelam Singh. Ronit is the father of three children – two daughters and one son. His elder daughter Ona (from his previous marriage) was born in 1991, and currently resides in the US. In May 2005, his and Neelam's first child, daughter Aador, was born. In October 2007, their son, Agastya Roy was born.[5]


Denotes films that have not yet been released
1992Jaan Tere NaamSunil
199315 AugustVikram
Gaata Rahe Mera DilDilip S. NaikUnreleased
SainikVijay Ghai
Bomb Blast
1995BansodharBengali film
Jai Maa Vaishnav Devi
Rock DancerRakesh
1996JurmanaSanjay Saxena
DaanveerVishal Srivastav
Agni ShikhaProdipta RoyBengali film
2000Glamour GirlSunil Verma
2001Hum Deewane Pyar KeVijay Chatterjee
Khatron Ke KhiladiBambass
2003Shesh Bongsodar (Last Descendant)BongsodarBangladeshi film in Bengali language
2003 Roktobondhon Joy Bengali Film
2005Nishan – The Target
Kisna: The Warrior PoetJimmyCameo appearance
2009Luck by ChanceHimselfCameo appearance
2010PankhPeter D'CunhaCameo
UdaanBhairav SinghFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011That Girl in Yellow BootsCameo appearance
2012Midnight's ChildrenAhmed Sinai[11]
Student of the YearCoach Karan Shah
2013Shootout at WadalaInspector Raja Ambat
BossAyushman Thakur
20142 StatesVikram MalhotraNominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
UglyShaumik Bose
2015Guddu RangeelaBillu PehelwanStar Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2016Dongari Ka RajaMansoor Ali
2017KaabilMadhavrao Shellar
Sarkar 3Gokul Satam
MachineBalraj Thapar
Jai Lava KusaSarkarTelugu film
Munna MichaelMichael
Lucknow CentralRaja Shrivastava
2018LoveyatriSam Patel "Sameer"
Thugs of Hindostan Mirza Sikander Baig
2019 Arjun Patiala IPS officer Amarjeet Singh Gill
2020 Shamshera TBA Filming
2020 JR 25 TBA Filming, Tamil Debut


Fiction shows

Denotes shows that have not yet been broadcast
Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
1997 Bombay Blue Dillip Bhatt Cameo
1999 Baat Ban Jaye 1 episode [12]
2000 Suraag 1 episode [13]
1999 Nagin Ronit
2002–2003 Kammal Swayam
2002–2008 Kasautii Zindagi Kay Rishabh Bajaj [14]
2003–2008 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Mihir Virani [15]
2003 Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Episodic Role
2004 Kkehna Hai Kuch Mujhko Ishan Masand
2004 Vikraal Aur Gabraal Episodic Role
2004 Krisshna Arjun Anna / Vijay Episodic Role
2005 Kkavyanjali Mayank Nanda Cameo
2005 Sarrkkar – Risshton Ki Ankahi Kahani Kunal Vir Pratap Singh [16]
2006–2009 Kasamh Se Aparajit Deb [15]
2007 Kayamath Inder Shah
2008 Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki Bhishma [17]
2009–2011 Bandini Dharamraj Mahyavanshi [18]
2010–2015 Adaalat Advocate K.D. Pathak [19][20]
2014–2015 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Dr. Nachiket Khanna/ Dr.Neil K [21]
2016 Adaalat (season 2) Advocate K.D. Pathak
2016 24 (Season 2) Roy Guest [22]
2019 Naagin 3 Rohit Mehra Guest (To promote Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain 2)
2019 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Advocate Rajat Singh
2019 Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke SP Prithvi Singh Cameo; to promote Hostages [23]

Non-Fiction / Reality shows

2007Koffee with Karan (season 2)Guest appearance
2007Jhalak Dikhhla JaaContestant
2008Yeh Hain JalwaContestant
2008Ticket to BollywoodDance performance
2008Aajaa Mahi VayJudge
2009Begum's Drawing RoomGuest appearance
2010Kitchen ChampionHostNominated—Indian Telly Award for Best Anchor (2010)
2013Comedy Nights with KapilGuest appearance to promote Boss
2015Deal Ya No DealHost
2017The Kapil Sharma ShowGuest appearance

Web series

2018; 2019 Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Rohit Mehra
2019 Hostages Prithvi Singh

Dubbing roles

Live action films

Film TitleActor(s)Character(s)Dub LanguageOriginal LanguageOriginal Year releaseDub Year releaseNotes
DumboColin FarrellHolt FarrierHindiEnglish20192019



On 27 October 2011, Ronit Roy was arrested by Mumbai police for rash and negligent driving, after he was involved in a road accident in the Amboli suburb of Mumbai. He was returning from a Diwali party when his high speeding Mercedes car hit a Wagon-R injuring people, one of whom was seriously hurt.[24] However, he got bail within few hours and was released.

See also


  1. "Filmfare winners of the year 2011". Filmfare Awards.
  2. MumbaiAugust 26, Indo-Asian News Service; October 7, 2015UPDATED:; Ist, 2015 19:58. "I'm grateful: Ronit Roy on being called Amitabh Bachchan of television". India Today. Retrieved 19 September 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. "Rohit Roy remembers his late father; elder brother Ronit says 'you have me'". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  4. "I don't want to be back-stabbed anymore: Ronit Roy". The Times of India. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. "Ronit Roy Biography". Ronit Roy (official fan page).
  6. "Ronit Roy Biography". Ronit Roy (official fan page).
  7. "100 Greatest Performances of the Decade". 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  8. "Ronit Roy to play antagonist in Jai Lava Kusa". NDTV. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  9. "Ace Security and Protection". Ace Security and Protection.
  10. DelhiFebruary 19, India Today Web Desk New; February 19, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 20:41. "Ronit Roy opens up about his strained relationship with eldest daughter". India Today. Retrieved 30 September 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  11. "Ronit, the bad dad". Hindustan Times. 27 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  12. "Was a dead actor, TV gave me life again: Ronit Roy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  13. "Ronit Roy: Was a dead actor, TV gave me life again". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  14. "Ronit Roy: I have lost so much in my life". Rediff. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  15. "Ram Kapoor is like my younger brother: Ronit Roy". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  16. "How things change..." The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  17. "Ronit Roy: Nervous about playing Bhishma". Rediff. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
  18. "My moustache is a national issue: Ronit". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 March 2009.
  19. "Ronit Roy:TV's bankable star". Forbes India. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  20. "Ronit Roy to be back as lawyer K D Pathak with Adaalat Season 2". The Indian Express. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  21. "Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar to go on air tomorrow". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  22. "Ronit Roy joins the cast of Anil Kapoor's 24". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  23. "yeh-rishtey-hain-pyaar-ke-actors-welcome-ronit-roy-on-board-the-show".
  24. "Television actor Ronit Roy arrested for rash driving". The Times of India. 27 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
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