MUMBAI: We all know the actor-producer Rudra Kaushish who has essayed multiple characters on television and silver screen. But did you know his real name? Yes, Rudra Kaushish is his reel name.
The real name is Gajendra Oza. Before coming to Mumbai in 2009 trying his luck in the entertainment industry, Gajendra was working with the Central Reserve Police Force for a period of twelve long years from 1995 to 2007. Speaking on the subject, Rudra said “When I came to Mumbai, I did not know anyone. I started with small cameos and roles which lasted for a few minutes in a feature film and a few days for a television soap. I was a small part of mega projects like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Gumrah, Adalat, Haunted Nights, Ek Boond Ishq, CID, Balika Vadhu, Arjun, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Geet, Amrit Manthan, Dil Dosti Dance, Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev, Jamai Raja, Savdhaan India, Aapke Aa Jaane Se, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (Season 3), Nisha Aur Uske Cousins, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within and Shamitabh. I also acted in several television advertisements of brands such as Dettol, Colgate, Lifebuoy, Godrej, etc. During this journey, I met a friend who suggested that a name change can work wonders. Since it was the holy month of Shravan then and lord Shiva being my childhood favourite, I decided to call myself as Rudra Kaushish. Rudra is the name of the lord and my Gotra is Kaushik, so according to numerology I changed my screen name.”
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The actor who was last seen in Star Plus’s ‘Dai Amma Dadi Amma Maan Jao’ had left Mumbai at the beginning of the lockdown when Maharashtra State Government had put a blanket ban on all shooting activities due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Rudra is currently at his home in Jodhpur with his family which includes his parents, his wife and his son. He was born in Jodhpur to Jagdish Chandra Oza and Mankaur Oza. Gajendra Oza is a postgraduate and has done an MBA specializing in Marketing. On Dec 4, 1998, he married Rekha Oza and has a son named Hardik Oza.
“I was initially noticed for the portrayal of a negative character titled Ghanshyam in ‘Bhagyavidhaata’ on Colors TV. Slowly films happened and I started juggling between films and television. The change of name meant that I lost a lot of credits that were given to Gajendra Oza; however, I still went ahead with the decision and the results are for everyone to see. Right now, I am in a comfortable space where we have backwards integrated into film production and I started a production house having the name of my wife. I am a spiritual person and strongly believe in the power of alphabets, sounds and numbers” said Rudra as he signed off. Rudra Kaushish will soon be producing a third short film under his banner Rekha G films. His previous short films have secured a record number of views and the third one has been commissioned by an OTT platform based on past successes.
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