Khanna was born to Vinod Khanna and Geetanjali. His brother is Bollywood actor, Akshaye Khanna.
He was raised in Bombay and went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Khanna began his career as a VJ (video jockey) with MTV Asia. His immense popularity across Asia was established by continuously tremendous press and reviews.
He made his feature film debut in Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s Earth, alongside Aamir Khan . His performance garnered him several awards including the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Debut (2000). He has since also appeared in Mehta's Bollywood/Hollywood (2003).
Rahul's mainstream Bollywood films include Elaan and Raqeeb.
Rahul has also been seen on stage in the New York production of the hit West-End play, East is East. Directed by Scott Elliott (A Map of the World), Rahul’s performance as Tariq, the rebellious son of a Pakistani father and British mother, won him acclaim from audiences and critics, alike.
Rahul’s other international credits include The Emperor's Club with Kevin Kline.
East is East, New York 1999, D: Scott Elliot. The American production of the West End play was produced by the New Group & Manhattan Theatre Club. Rahul played the part of Tariq, the rebellious son of a Pakistani father and English mother.
Discovery Week, host, Discovery Channel, 2006
MTV Asia, VJ, 1994 - 1998 B4U Music Channel Produced by Masud Khan
A popular choice for commercial endorsements, Rahul has been associated with several leading brands like Toyota, Lays Chips, Pepsi and DTC (De Beers diamonds).
Contributes to www.intentblog.com, a blog collective started by Deepak Chopra and Shekhar Kapur.