Rahul Sipligunj is a Telugu singer, songwriter, and musician. He became popular with his folk songs and YouTube videos. In 2019, he participated and won the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu (Season 3).
Rahul Sipligunj was born on Saturday, 22 August 1989 (age 33 years; as of 2022) in Dhoolpet, Hyderabad. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He attended Loyola High School in Hyderabad. He pursued his undergraduate from the Narayana Junior College in Hyderabad. Rahul was passionate about singing from a very young age. He often used to sing Hyderabadi folk songs at home. Once, when he was singing a Hyderabadi folk song and was playing music with the help of kitchen utensils, his father saw him and discovered his talent for singing. His father encouraged him to pursue singing as his career and sent him to Pandit Vitthal Rao to receive professional training.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Rahul Sipligunj follows Hinduism. His father owns a hair salon. His mother is a homemaker. He has a younger sister, Shivapriya Akul. His younger brother is Nikill Kiran.
In 2019, while shooting for the music video ‘Hey Pilla,’ Rahul met Rathika Rose, an actor and model. Soon, they became good friends, and later, fell in love with each other. The couple, however, got separated after dating for a few years.
In 2023, Rathika shared her breakup story while she was in Bigg Boss Telugu house.
Rahul began his career by singing songs at home and publishing them on YouTube. His songs got a lot of appreciation and he soon started recording in a recording studio. Following this, he got offers from many companies. In 2012, he got his first break as a playback singer in the Telugu movie “Speedunnodu”. He also got an offer to be a playback singer for the Telugu movie “Josh”. Although he recorded his first song for the movie “Speedunnodu”, it was released much later, due to which “Josh” became his debut movie as a playback singer.
Simultaneously, Rahul kept getting offers to do stage shows, and world tours, but, he declined them all; as he wanted to be a good singer and a musician at first, and then move on to stage shows. Once, in an interview, he stated that he could have earned a lot of money through those shows, but he wanted to focus on himself before giving commitments to others. In 2012, he started doing playback singing for films. He calls himself an independent musician and likes working for himself, not for a company or brand.
In 2013, he produced his first music video “Hey Pilla”. Since then, he has produced more than 20 music videos. He has gained a lot of popularity, and he has also got the opportunity to work with many stars from the Tollywood industry. Rahul is often invited as a judge on many reality TV shows such as, “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” (Telugu), “Comedy Nights (Telugu)”, and various others.
In 2019, Rahul participated in the popular reality TV show Bigg Boss (Telugu Season 3), which is hosted by Akkineni Nagarjuna. On 3 November 2019, Rahul was declared as the winner of Bigg Boss Telugu (Season 3).
In 2022, he sang the popular song Naatu Naattu in the movie ‘RRR’ in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Hindi languages.
At the 80th Golden Globe Awards in January 2023, he won Golden Globe Award for the song “Naatu Naatu” from the Telugu film RRR (2022) along with composer MM Keeravani and singer Kaala Bhairava.
On 27 July 2018, Rahul was charged with drinking and driving. When he was stopped by the police, he tried to run away, and upon being caught by the police, he resisted giving them his driving licence and vehicle registration documents. The police filed a case against him, seized his vehicle, and he was told to appear for counselling.
- Favourite Food: Appam & Egg Curry
- Favourite Actor: Prabhas
- Favourite Actress: Samantha Akkineni
- Favourite Singer: Karthik
- Favourite Colour: Black, Royal Blue
- Favourite Musical Instrument: Saxophone
Car & Bike Collection
Rahul owns a Maruti Suzuki Swift and a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350-X
- Rahul’s father owns a hair salon. Rahul is often spotted cutting people’s hair and doing other jobs at the salon.
- He loves playing video games, travelling, and watching movies. He often posts pictures of himself playing the popular video game “PUBG” on his Instagram handle.
- He loves playing the saxophone. Once in an interview, he said that he often plays it when he is in stress or wants to relax.
- Rahul is a dog lover, and he often feeds roadside dogs and plays with them. He also has a pet dog named buddy.
- His song “Makikirkiri” is one of his most famous songs, and it has more than 16 million views on YouTube.