Rajkummar Rao: The journey towards stardom
The struggling actor with decent good looks and who was once rejected by the directed for his skin complexion and then went on to win National film award for best actor.
The actor has gained his fame with his recent movie ‘NEWTON’ which was selected as the Indian entry for the Best- foreign language film at the 90th Academy awards. Rajkummar Rao won Asia Pacific screen award for Best Actor for his performance in the film. The actor who went on to make his name when the Bollywood was suffering against ‘Nepotism’.
Rajkummar Rao was born on 31st August 1984 in Gurgaon, Ahirwal, Haryana. Born and raised in middle family the actor studied at S.N Sidheswas public school and did his college education at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College in Gurgaon.
He then completed his college education in arts at the University of Delhi and then in pursuing his dream he studied method acting Film and Television Institute if India.
Rajkummar Rao was born has Rajkumar Yadav and later changed his surname to ‘Rao’. Like every middle-class mother Rajkumar’s mother obsession with numerology made him put the extra ‘M’ in Kumar. Well! The mother’s charm surely seems to work.
Acting as a profession:
He never wanted to become an actor. Although right from his childhood he was good at mimicking. He finally realized what he wanted to do with his life after 10 std because he soon realized he was not good with studies and numbers. Despite born and raised in the remote village of Gurgaon the actor never once decided to give up on his dream.
Rajkummar didn’t have any contacts in the industry and he was ready for struggle and rejection. He embraced himself and went on doors to doors for an audition. He was once rejected and told that he was not fair enough for becoming a Bollywood actor.
The Big Break:
Unlike many other successful actors nowadays in the industry like Ranvir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor the national awardee didn’t much had of a choice and he got his big break in the movie Love, Sex Aur Dhoka (2010). Impress by his ordinary looks and impeccable acting director Anurag Kashyap decided to give him another role in Gangs of Wasseypur part2. Since then the actor had many other roles in the movies like Talaash but he got his recognition for his role in the movie Kai Po Che! (2013) and won best supporting actor for the same. The actor has not looked back ever since and went on to give back to back hits like Ragini MMS, Queen, Citylights, Aligarh. The actor won Nation film award for best actor and film critic award for best actor for his role of Shahid Azmi in the biographical Shahid (2013).
Despite coming from the humble background the actor never seemed to lose hope and he surely remembers his roots. He is one of the most humble actors working in Bollywood industry today and he surely a role model to many. In his recent interviews, the actor reveals that he was ready for the setbacks and rejection. He was aware he didn’t have the fancy surname like ‘Khan’ or ‘Kapoor’ and surely didn’t have Godfather-like Salman Khan and he had to work through the old ways through auditions.
Rajkummar’s upcoming movie Trapped and his tv series Bose dead/alive has surely been able to create buzz among the audience. The 33-year-old has a lot more to prove and I hope people will love him for his struggle and acting. we need more of the actors like Rajkummar Rao.!