|Date of Birth
||1 September 1978
|Place of Birth
Rakesh Bapat, now known as Raqesh Vashisth, is an Indian film and TV serial actor. A Grasim Mr. India (1999) first runner-up title holder, Raqesh made his screen debut together with Himanshu Malik in Anubhav Sinha's Tum Bin (2001). After the success of Tum Bin, Anubhav Sinha again cast him as a solo lead in Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha(2002) opposite Raima Sen, but the film never released. After that he starred in a few average films like Dil Vil Pyar Vyar in 2002 and Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai in 2005, but none of these films clicked. Raqesh failed to make a mark at the box-office and decided to turn to television. He made his debut in the Zee serial, Saat Phere. With his cute looks and talent, Raqesh earned instant recognition on the small screen within a short span of time. Originally from Pune, Raqesh has also done ads for Colgate, Wrigley's chewing gum, SSI-Education and Lux, Fiama di wills with Deepika Padukone, etc.
Raqesh has great interest in painting, horse riding, playing tennis, sculpting, singing, playing the flute and sitar. He chose to leave and sacrifice his time in the daily serial Saat Phere, due to a Hollywood movie.He has played the role of Anuj in the NDTV Imagine show Ek Packet Umeed. He depicted the role of an MBA graduate who helps run Umeed Bhavan and is in love with Sujata (role played by Rupali Ganguly) who is the daughter of the head of Umeed Bhavan.
He also played the role of Karan Mehra in Simply Sapne as the main actor replaced by Gautam Rode. Shlok is the character he played in Seven (TV series) on Sony Entertainment Television (India). The show was produced under the banner of Yash Raj Television.He is recently seen as male protagonist Aditya in the Star Plus show Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?.Raqesh is all set to play the role of the antagonist in A New Love Ishtory written by Vipul K Rawal of Iqbal (film) fame and directed by John Matthew Matthan which is set to release in early 2011.
He was Grasim Mr.India (1999). His father is a navy captain and his mother is a teacher. Rakesh changed his name to Raqesh Vashisth due to career problems. He has recently announced that he is dating Riddhi Dogra, his co-star from "Maryada". They got engaged at a private ceremony in Pune on 2 March 2011. they got married on 29th may 2011 in Pune.