12 Things You Should Know About Rajkummar Rao, The Man Who Changed Bollywood

Aayushi Sharma

October 17, 2019


1 min

1. Rajkummar made his acting debut alongside Amitabh Bachchan

Rajkummar Rao is not an actor. He is a phenomenon, for the lack of a better word. I would gladly accept a superlative thrown in my direction to describe this extraordinary man! The man who changed the way we perceive and expect of our actors, for good. Bollywood has gotten more game and meaning in the recent past, thanks to Rao and the likes of his. But this is about him. About the Gurgaon-born who gave up his actual last name because for what it’s worth, Rajkummar has given a 360-degree twist to the definition of ‘hero.’

Maybe “good looks, good looks, and good looks” aren’t the only requirements in the show business. And in addition, Raj has proved that hard work has no substitute and there is no success your perseverance cannot get, even without a godfather. Movies like Newton, Trapped, Bareilly ki Barfi, Behen Hogi Teri, Judgementall Hai Kya, Queen…only provide a solid testimony to his versatility. And while we know the actor Rajkummar, there is more to this talent house than meets the eye. We’ve rounded up 12 things every fan of Rajkummar ought to know. It’s a non-starter. 

Did you know not Love Sex Dhoka but Rann starring Big B was Rajkummar’s launch pad? He portrayed a newsreader in the movie.

2. His real name is Rajkumar, with a single 'm'

Rajkummar’s mother is a big believer of numerology. The celebrity’s real name is Rajkumar Yadav. He dropped his surname for Rao, and many suggest that the extra ‘m’ was added for prosperity factor.

3. He is a 'Rao' from North India

Considering his surname, fans might assume that Raj is a South-Indian except that he was born in a village in Gurgaon on August 31, 1984.

4. FTII, you did real good there

Rajkummar is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He passed out in 2008. 

5. Dear Ekta Kapoor, this world owes you big time

We can never truly thank Ekta Kapoor for giving a chance to Rao in her films – Love Sex Aur Dhoka and Ragini MMS. Both earned critical and commercial success, no points for guessing who stole the show! 

6. Never mess with Rajkummar, because…

He is trained in Taekwondo. A gold-medal winner. So yeah, rub him the wrong way and you’ll have it his way! 

7. Raj was a dancer before he became an actor

Given his gritty act in several massive hits, one might not be easily convinced that Rajkummar can dance too. But buy it, because he actually can! 

8. He’d cycle from Gurgaon to Delhi for theatre

In his college days, Rajkummar was an active part of the theatre group of Kshitij Repertory and Shri Ram Centre (SRC). He’d cycle all the way from Gurgaon to Delhi to feed his passion. That determination is applaud-worthy, no doubts there. 

9. He is a huge fan of Aamir Khan

Rajkummar is a die-hard fan of Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan. Well, no surprises there. He is much of a master himself. He worked in Talaash only to share screen space with Aamir.

10. Acting bug caught him early

It was during a play in school in tenth standard that Rao realised acting was his calling. 

11. Bet you didn’t know he has won a National Award. Did ya?

His incredible stint as a lawyer in Shahid won him a prestigious accolade. Super proud and very well deserved!

12. He only hired a publicist in 2014

Despite the rage that he had become after LSD and Ragini MMS, Rao said he could only hire a team of publicists in 2014.

Keep those tissues handy girls, he is taken. Rajkummar has been in a steady relationship with actress Patralekhaa (real name Anwita Paul). The two met during the shoot of a short film.

Thank you for the gift of your art to this universe, Rajkummar Rao. Please continue spreading your magic! 

In the meantime, watch this video of Rajkummar recalling his romantic moments with Patralekhaa on ZEE5 now!

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