Ashutosh Rana Ramnarayan Neekhra (born 10 November 1967), known professionally as Ashutosh Rana, is an Indian actor, working in Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil film & Hindi. He has also worked in Indian television shows. He has also won two Filmfare Awards for Dushman and Sangharsh. He won these awards in the category Filmfare Awards in a negative role.
Rana is from Gadarwara dist. - Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh state. He spent his childhood in Gadarwara, where he finished his primary school. He used to play the role of Ravana in the local Ramleela productions.
He went to the National School of Drama, New Delhi and studied acting. He has done many plays with theatre guru Satyadev Dubey in Prithvi Theatre.
Ashutosh Rana is married to Renuka Shahane also a Bollywood actress. They have two sons Shauryaman and Satyendra. Neekhra is a fervent admirer of his Hindu Guru "Pandit Dev Prabhakar Shastri Ji" whom he calls "Dadda Ji". It was Dadda Ji who suggested to Rana to take up the acting career. When Rana was about to enter the field of acting, Dadda ji told him to go to Bombay and meet Mahesh Bhatt and take any project which starts with the letter "S". When Rana got an offer of Swabhimaan from Mahesh Bhatt, he didn't wait for a second and grabbed the opportunity.
He started his career with the television serial Swabhimaan, followed by serials like Farz, Sazish, Jax Kabhi, Waris and anchoring the TV show, Baazi Kiski. He also hosted Sarkaar Ki Duniya, a reality show which It took place on Mango Island in Karwar, Karnataka. Later, in 2010, he had acted in a Star Plus show Kaali- Ek Agnipariksha, where he played an extremely powerful negative role as Thakral. He had also played lead role in famous TV serial of Doordarshan, named Apradhi Koun.