A powerhouse of talent, Rajkummar Rao has done it all from rom-coms to psychological thrillers! So let’s have a look at his filmography, that masters all genres!
Rajkummar Rao has built a notable body of work for himself over than span of his career and probably stands as an inspiration for millions of people in our country who want to make it in Bollywood someday. He has appeared in so many phenomenal movies and won several accolades for them, including a National Film award which is one of the highest honors for an actor in our country. So if there’s anyone who could’ve achieved that it’s the one and only Rajkummar Rao! He made his debut in 2010 with Dibakar Banerjee‘s Love, Sex aur Dhokha and since then it’s just been a series of bringing mind-blowing characters on-screen one after the other. Be it how we hated his toxic character in Queen, how hilarious he was in Bareily Ki Barfi or how seamlessly he embodied his character in Newton. The audience eagerly looks forward to watching him every time and he’s also become a trustworthy name who will do big numbers at the ticket windows.
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Here’s breaking down his decade long career by talking about some of his best performances till date!
Newton Kumar – Newton
In India’s first official entry to the Oscars, Rajkummar Rao played the role of a dedicated government clerk, Newton Kumar who was ready to go to any length to get the work done assigned to him, no matter what may come his way.
Shaurya Gusrath- Trapped
He plays a character who is trapped in a building with no food, water or electricity. The actor confessed to having lost a lot of weight for this role as he did not eat anything for 15 days, and also took a toll on him mentally as he isolated himself from everyone. That shows the kind of prep and dedication he puts towards his craft.
Shahid Azmi- Shahid
Shahid was based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010. The actor had spent a lot of time with Shahid’s family so he could do justice to his story and went on to collect his first National Film award for his performance.
Pritam Vidrohi- Bareily ki Barfi
His character in Bareily ki Barfi proved that he is not just here to do intense roles but he can also ace the light-hearted ones with just the same amount of conviction. He played the role of a sari salesman who also brings out a more extroverted side of himself when he meets Kriti Sanon’s character. The ease with which he switched between the two avatars was super entertaining for everyone.
Vikrant aka Vicky- Stree
One of his most commercially successful films, Stree set a benchmark in the horror-comedy genre. Rajkummar Rao played the role of a ladies tailor who falls for a girl in his town but later realizes that she’s actually a ghost. He showed how being scared could also look so funny and let’s not forget the monologue he delivered about the services he provided at his shop without catching a breath.
Govind Patel- Kai Po Che
Rajkummar Rao plays one of three friends who start an academy to train aspiring cricketers but have to go through a lot of struggles to reach their goals. A film that he did quite early on in his career, is still remembered as one of his best works.
Shardul Thakur- Badhaai Do
Portraying a character from the LGBTQIA+ community who gets married to a girl who is also queer, so that the two can secretly carry forward their relationship with their actual partners. But of course, that doesn’t work for too long and he has to accept his truth and bravely come out to his family.
Vijay Dhingra- Queen
While most Bollywood actors dream of playing the sweet, romantic hero in a film. Rajkummar Rao mirrored the reality of how toxic and controlling men can be about every little thing their partner is “allowed” to do. If you hated him in this film, then it’s a job well done because that’s exactly what his character strives for.
Alok Kumar Gupta- Ludo
Ludo is a black comedy crime film that narrates four different stories at the same time and eventually all of them get entangled with each other. Rajkummar Rao plays Alok aka Alu who helps his childhood sweetheart escape her husband who is a suspect in a murder case. He is an absolute simp in the film for Fatima Sana Shaikh’s character and the story is quite unique than the ones he has previously been a part of.
Deepak Sharma- CityLights
CityLights is a story about Deepak and his ever-supporting wife, Mahi’s (played by his now real-life wife Patralekha) intense journey of making ends meet in a complicated city like Mumbai. Being forced to do jobs they otherwise wouldn’t have opted for and how that leads them to a dangerous situation reflects on how difficult it is for people who come to Mumbai in search of getting their dreams answered.
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