How Rajkummar Rao’s Passion Turned Him Into A Versatile Actor

Ketan Gupta

There are actors who are a mere product of nepotism and then there are actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar or Rajkummar Rao who are the perfect example of rags-to-riches tale without any support of god father in Bollywood. Talking about Rajkummar Rao in particular, his ordinary-looks yet sharp acting skills along with extreme hard-work has made him as one of the most bankable star of Bollywood.

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Born and brought up in Gurgaon, Haryana, Rajkummar Rao graduated from the University Of Delhi. He studied acting from Film and Television Institute Of India and then came to Mumbai to pursue his dream. From the very first film, he started with an experimental role in Ekta Kapoor’s Love, Sex And Dokha in 2010. 2013 was the year which changed the life of Rajkummar Rao when he got his first break with Abhishek Kapoor directorial debut Kai Po Che at the box office. Later that year, Rajkummar Rao stunned everyone when he played the role of Shahid Azmi in the critically acclaimed biographical drama Shahid (2013), directed by Hansal Mehta for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

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Rajkummar Rao’s second outing with Hansal Mehta in 2014, City Light, showed his maturity as an actor. 2015 was another great year as Rajkummar Rao continued to challenge himself when he impressed everyone as a curious journalist in the Hansal Mehta’s hard-hitting biopic drama, Aligarh. Rajkummar survived on a diet of just black coffee and carrot to get into the skin of character of a call center employee who gets trapped in his apartment room without food, water and electricity in Vikramaditya Motwane’s critical acclaimed, Trapped, released in 2016.

Rajkummar Rao forayed into comedy genre for the first time with comedy films like Behen Hogi Teri and later Ashwani Iyer’s quirky and simple, Bareily Ki Barfi in 2017 and got appreciation from the wider audience as Pritam Vidrohi. This was followed by Newton, a satirical drama on the election voting in the Naxal-hit areas in India. The film was a grand success both commercially and critically.

Rajkummar Rao stunned everyone when he took on the charge to play Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in hard-hitting reality web series, Bose, produced by Balaji telefilms.

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Stree Poster

Stree Poster

2018 was the special year when Rajkummar got his first 100 crore film in form of Stree, a horror-comedy set in the town of Chanderi, M.P. With Stree, Rajkummar Rao has become one of the bankable star of Bollywood.

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Rajkummar Rao had one of most exciting films released this year. Though Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga failed at the box office, he was the only actor who was appreciated from the film. Next released was critically acclaimed Mental Hai Kya with Kangana Ranaut. Both the actors complimented each other with their powerhouse performances.

Rajkummar Rao’s latest release, Made In China, started slow at the box office but has picked up post Diwali and is pretty steady at the ticket window. His next big release is Turram Khan with Nushrat Barucha which will be directed by his mentor, Hansal Mehta and horror-comedy Roohi Afza, in which he stars alongside Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi and Varun Sharma.

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