Born and brought up in Mumbai, Raqesh's father is a navy captain while mother is a school principal. Runner-up at 1999 Grasim Mr. India contest, Raqesh debuted in films in 2001 with Tum Bin, followed by Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai, but apart from his first film, none clicked.
Raqesh has also done ads for Colgate, Wrigley, Lux, Fiama di wills, etc. He ventured into television with Zee TV’s Saat Phere. Later he also appeared in shows such as Ek Packet Umeed, Simply Sapne and YRF show Seven.
In 2010, he bagged lead role in Star Plus’ Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak? In 2012, he bagged Sony TV’s Honge Juda Na Hum as lead and A New Love Iisshstory as antagonist. He tied knot with his Maryada co-star Riddhi Dogra on 29th May 2011 in Pune.