Rahsaan Islam (born 24 September 1986) is an Indian film actor of Bengali origin. In 2012, he made his professional film debut with the English language film, Promise Land, and the Bengali language film, Simanaheen.

Early Life

Islam was born to parents who immigrated to the United States of America from Bangladesh. His paternal grandfather is the respected writer, Nurul Islam Patwari, and he is related to singer Runa Laila. Growing up, Islam took a strong interest in the arts and sports. Studying Economics and International Relations, he attended Naperville North High School and Lake Forest College where he played varsity Basketball[1] .


Beginning (2010)

While working his corporate finance career, Islam wrote, produced, directed and acted in the film, Kings of Devon (2010)[2] . The purpose of the film was to raise money for a school that provides free education to underprivileged children in the underdeveloped parts of Dhaka. During the production and distribution of the film with BIG Cinemas, Sa Re Ga Ma, The Times Group, and Channel i, Islam was introduced to many well known executives in the industry. The success of the film encouraged him to enter the industry professionally.

Professional Debut (2012)

After the success of his charitable film, Islam was immediately signed to play the role of Asad Khan in director Kevin Dalvi's, Promise Land. Endorsements also followed, as he signed to promote and appear in commercials for international online travel company,, a subsidiary of the American company, Trans Am Travel. In 2011, Islam also began shooting for his Bengali film debut, Simanaheen. He also appeared in the Jai Ki Phera music video from Parabashi Project's Durey Kothai album as a cross-promotion for Simanaheen. Both Promise Land and Simanaheen are set to release internationally in 2012.


Year Film Role Notes
2010 Kings of Devon Johnny
2012 Promise Land Asad Khan
2012 Simanaheen Amar/Raiyan Filming (Releasing in 2012)


  1. Rahsaan Islam Basketball Profile. Lake Forest College Men's Basketball. Retrieved on 2 June 2012.
  2. Kings of Devon. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2 June 2012.

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