Rahoul was born on 29th November 1986 in Mumbai, India. His father runs a pest control business and mother a former television director-producer and a professor at Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. Cinema was his closest companion since childhood. He grew up in South Mumbai home to several single screen movie theaters and spent most of his time in the dark watching movies.
As a child Rahoul faced difficulty in coping with urban mainstream primary education. In 1998, he was enrolled at an experimental boarding school, Redstone Farm House in Panchgani, a hill station about five hours from Mumbai. Here he was exposed to alternative methods of learning: a connect with nature, organic farming, orientation to computers, besides harnessing formal education skills. Introduction to new upcoming technology, audio visuals and world cinema were part of this new learning. Very soon he was shooting school events with a camcorder.
On his return to Mumbai, Rahoul took admission in the Arts stream at Jai Hind College. Being creatively inclined he spent lot of time doing stage and other performing arts. At age 17, he took up a part time job worked as an assistant on corporate films.
During his final year at college, he directed, edited and shot his first documentary, Escape To Victory - The Making of Malhar (2006), highlighting the journey of his fellow students, leading to winning the most prestigious inter-collegiate festival trophy in Mumbai, the Malhar trophy of 2006.
Upon graduating in History and Political Science in 2007, Rahoul began his journey without a film school degree, in Mumbai’s thriving film industry. He worked as a freelance assistant on commercials and took up a part time job in an editing studio, cutting game shows for Television.
Rahoul with Rajkumar Hirani during
PK behind the scenes interview in Mumbai 2014.
In 2010, Rahoul made his first short film, The Four Wheeler, which was selected at the Syracuse International Film Festival in NY, USA, followed by, The Up & Coming Hannover Film Festival, Germany. The same year, he was engaged as creative director & editor of a documentary, The Inheritance of Light, based on the life and works of the renowned painter, Jehangir Sabavala.
In 2011, Rahoul joined Vinod Chopra Films as a director-editor & cameraman for the behind-the-scenes of Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012) and PK (2014). PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, starring Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Sushant Singh Rajput and Boman Irani earned international acclaim and became the highest grossing Indian film of all time, bagging several awards that year.
But the tides turned for Rahoul when he came in contact with India Take One Productions, producers for International projects shot in India. He gained invaluable experience in various aspects of film production on projects: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Life of Pi (2012), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), LION (2016), Silicon Valley (2016), Viceroy’s House (2017), Hotel Mumbai (2018) and Love Sonia (2018) which marks the directorial debut of Tabrez Noorani (proprietor: India Take One Productions and line producer: Slumdog Millionaire).
In late 2016, Rahoul toured alongside the little star Sunny Pawar, as a mentor and interpreter on the press tour of LION (2016). This included several Q & A’s and Television interviews in New York and Los Angeles. A huge privilege came in the form of an invitation to the Lucas Valley-Marinwood (San Francisco) for a special screening and interactive seesion with the team of ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) and Skywalker Sound.
Rahoul with Aamir Khan during
filming PK in New Delhi 2014.
Lion Q & A in Los Angeles with Luke Davies, Garth Davis, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar and Rahoul Daswani in Dec 2016.
To top it up, Rahoul accompanied Sunny Pawar and his father Dilip Pawar on a special invitation to visit The White House in Washington DC, on January 16th 2017. It was an honor to meet President Obama, just three days before the end of his term.
Fueled by his passion for cinema and largely self-taught, Rahoul is today is directing and editing films for several brands, agencies and corporate companies under his banner Sagittarian Film Studios. In the pipeline is his next short film, To Remember Me By; and a feature length screenplay is on the anvil.
President Obama with Sunny Pawar and
Rahoul Daswani at The White House in
Washington DC in Jan 2017.