Indian Radio Jockeys Who Worked In These Bollywood Movies.

Google search will tell you that Radio Jockey is the sutradhar of some shows and their job is to entertain the audience on Radio with their engaging voice and storytelling skills.

If it is still hard to decipher the meaning of RJ then an appropriate example would be Vidya Balan’s character in the Lage Raho Munna Bhai.

While these RJs have entertained the audience with their soothing voices, some of them also tried to come in front of cameras and did movies and TV shows.

Here we have created a list of RJs who became more famous as an actor or TV personality.

Nikhil Chinapa

Nikhil Chinapa is known for his stylish and charming presence. He also started his career as an RJ.

He made his Bollywood debut with the movie Shaitan where he played the role of Inspector Sandeep.

He has been in headlines for his collaboration with MTV by which he is transforming the face of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in India.

Manish Paul

Manish Paul is famous as one of the best television hosts in the TV industry. He has featured in a few Bollywood movies as well like Mickey Virus and a cameo in Tees Maar Khan.

Little do you know that once he was RJ at Mumbai Radio City and had a successful radio show ‘Kasakai Mumbai’.

Manish Paul has tried daily soaps as well as a stand-up comedy but he is very successful as a reality show host.

Smriti Kalra

Smriti Kalra is a model turned actress, and she played the role of Surveen Guggal in the movie Surveen Guggal – Topper Of the Year.

Smriti Kalra is one of the promising actresses in the industry. She also started her career as an RJ.

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is now an established actor in Bollywood. He won a national award for the movie Andhadhun.

For instance, there is a special genre with his name. But before the release of Vicky Donor, he has done many things that include doing daily soaps, the contestant in the reality show, and RJ in Big FM at Delhi with the show ‘Maan Na Maan Main Tera Ayushmann’.

Malishka Mendonsa

Malishka Mendonsa is a famous Radio personality in India. She is very popular for her show ‘Morning with Malishka’.

She is working with Red FM and she has a great fan following. She also tried acting in the Vidya Balan starrer movie ‘Tumhari Sulu’.

One special trivia is that RJ Maliksha trained Vidya Balan for her role of Jhanvi in the movie Lage Raho Munnabhai.

Aparshakti Khurana

Aparshakti Khurana made his Bollywood debut with the movie Dangal. He started his career as an RJ.

Later, he hosted many television shows and award shows. One of his notable works include his famous show ‘You Have Been Warned’ for the Discovery Channel India.


The popular TV face Mantra is an actor, comedian, host, theatre actor, model, and even producer and director.

He has started his career in the industry as an RJ. As an actor, he has done a few movies and web series like Tum Mile and Casino respectively.

After 5 years, he went back to become an RJ again and started doing radio shows.

Salil Acharya

Salil Acharya is one of the most famous RJs of all time. He worked as a VJ for the B4U music channel.

He has been RJ in the Radio City FM for years. In addition to this, he hosted the Pro Wrestling League.

Later, Salil made his Bollywood debut with the movie Awarapan and did some TV shows like ‘Kkavyanjali’ and ‘Ye Meri Life Hai’.

Neil Bhoopalam

Neil Bhoopalam is an actor, RJ, and stage artist. He used to work for ‘Radio Mirchi’ where he hosted shows like ‘College Se Canteen Tak’, “The Sunday Morning Show’, and ‘Baat Ban Jaye’.

His filmography includes Shaitaan, No One Killed Jessica, and NH 10.

Sunil Dutt

Famous actor Sunil Dutt was also an RJ before he entered Bollywood.

He worked for Radio Ceylon who was the only channel that played Hindi film songs. Sunil Dutt hosted a show titled ‘Lux Ke Sitaray’ as Balraj.

It is reported that he has great command of Urdu language and is very popular among Hindi speaking people.

Saeed Jaffery

Saeed Jaffrey was a British-Indian actor famous for his versatility in character roles. He has done radio, stage, television, and films in a long career of 60 years.

He has worked in All India Radio as an announcer. For the record, he was an English Announcer with the External Services and used to get 250 bucks as salary.