Rajkummar Rao is an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi films. He rose to prominence with his portrayal of a lawyer Shahid Azmi in Hansal Mehta’s biographical drama Shahid. In 2018, he starred in the horror-comedy Stree, which is the highest-grossing film of his career to date.
About Rajkummar Rao in brief
Rajkummar Rao is an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi films. He is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, and an Asia Pacific Screen Award. His breakthrough came with the drama film Kai Po Che! in 2013. He rose to prominence with his portrayal of a lawyer Shahid Azmi in Hansal Mehta’s biographical drama Shahid. In 2018, he starred in the horror-comedy Stree, which is the highest-grossing film of his career to date. Rao has been in a relationship with actress Patralekha Paul since 2010. He changed his surname to Rao from Yadav in 2014 and also added an extra’m’ to his name. He said the reason for this was, \”Rao or Yadav, I can use either of the surnames as both are family names. As far as the double ‘m’ in the first name is concerned, it’s for my mother. She believes in numerology.’ He has two older siblings and three cousins in his extended family. His father was a government employee in the Haryana revenue department, and his mother was a homemaker. His mother and father died in 2017 and 2019 respectively. He completed his 12th standard from Blue Bells Model School, where he participated in school plays. In 2008, he enrolled in a two-year acting course at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and moved to Mumbai to pursue a film career.
After graduating from the FTII in 2008, Rao spent the next year visiting studios and meeting casting directors. He made a small, uncredited appearance as a news reader in Ram Gopal Varma’s 2010 political thriller Rann. After reading in a newspaper advertisement that mentioned Dibakar Banerjee was looking for newcomers for his found footage anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha, he auditioned for the film and was selected. He played Adarsh, a supermarket supervisor who cons an employee into sleeping with him so he can record the act on a hidden camera and sell it. The film and Rao’s performance met with critical acclaim. His next release was Beambiar’s crime thriller Shaitan Alam– Part 1– Part 2, a follow-up to his crime film Gangs of Wasseypur 2 – Part 1. In 2012, he played the supporting role of Shamad Alam in the film Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, which was a box-office success. He went on to feature in the successful romantic comedy Queen, Aligarh and Trapped. Trapped earned him a second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Among his 2017 releases, the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi and the black comedy Newton were both commercial successes and won him several accolades; the Filmfare Award for best supporting Actor for the former and the Asia Pacific screen Award for the latter.