The New Wave

Rahul Bose, 36, is the new face of Bollywood. A former advertising account manager who switched to acting at 26, Bose has emerged as the frontman for everything experimental, new and different in Indian cinema with a string of alternative hits to his name. Next year, he will star opposite Glenn Close in Merchant-Ivory's Heights , before moving on to produce and direct an all-American cast in his follow-up to Everybody Says I'm Fine , which this year became the first Indian movie ever to be released in American theatres. Bose met TIME's Alex Perry in Bombay.

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