Rahul Rawail is an Indian film director in Bollywood known for his films like Love Story (1981), Betaab (1983), Jeevan Ek Sanghursh (1990), Anjaam (1994), and the recent one Jo Bole So Nihaal (2005). He was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Director twice. He is son of film director H. S. Rawail and his son Bharat is an upcoming director. Rawail has launched a few of the Bollywood actors through his films like Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit in Love Story, Sunny Deol in Betaab, Kajol in Bekhudi (1992), and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997).
Rahul Rawail is son of film director Harnam Singh Rawail (often credited as H. S. Rawail) who is known for his films Mere Mehboob (1963), Sunghursh (1968), Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971) and Laila Majnu (1976). Rawail paid tribute to his father's 1968 film Sunghursh by titling one of his films as Jeevan Ek Sanghursh (1990). Rahul's son Bharat Rawail is an upcoming director, who had assisted Yash Chopra for the film Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012).
Rawail debuted as director with 1980 Bollywood film Gunehgaar starring Parveen Babi, Rishi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, and Asha Parekh. His first two films were not successful but his third film Love Story (1981) starring débutante Kumar Gaurav and Vijeta Pandit was a turning point for his career. The film was a musical love story and was a commercial success. Since then, Rawail has directed seventeen films and two television series.
He has often collaborated with actor Sunny Deol who worked with Rawail on six of his films, including his debut film Betaab (1983) with Amrita Singh. The film was appreciated for Rawail's "breezy treatment" of the débutantes. Rawail launched two successful actresses of Bollywood, Kajol and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, through his films Bekhudi (1992) and Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997) respectively. Both the films did not do well commercially. He was nominated for Filmfare's Best Director award for the films Betaab (1983) and Arjun (1985).
In 2010, Rawail started an acting school in collaboration with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York. In spite of famous Bollywood personalities like Sunny Deol enrolling their children to the academy, it was shut down after 2 years in 2012.