Courtesy : The statesman
Rajkummar Rao has carved a niche for himself in the industry and marked a place in the list of bankable actors. He has delivered some of his finest performances in the recent past and impressed audiences with films like Newton, Stree, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Judgementall Hai Kya.
While Raj has accomplished himself to be called an unconventional actor owing to his choice of scripts, it had not been a smooth ride for him. Right from being an outsider to the showbiz with no contacts whatsoever, it was a tough ride for him to figure his way out.
He was last seen in the film, Made in China co-starring Mouni Roy, wherein his character Raghu Rao, a typical Gujarati businessman, once a failure becomes one of the countries most successful businessman. Rajkummar says he relates to the character as he has faced similar situations in life.
Talking to TOI, Raj shares his struggle story. “Made In China revolves around Raghu’s journey, from being a nobody to trying to be somebody, and I could totally relate to it. Like me, he, too, doesn’t have a plan B and has a never-give-up attitude. Raghu has struggled a lot with people around him and his extended family is not in favor of him exploring another business idea because he has failed so many times.
“When I was struggling in Bollywood, I was also told by people to try other mediums. However, I was prepared to face the struggle. I knew that no one would launch me the moment I landed in Mumbai. For two years, people only considered me for character-driven parts. Sometimes, they would either not call me or make me wait, and eventually, they would turn around and tell me that they needed a conventional-looking actor with a great physique. However, I didn’t lose hope and had faith that someday, someone would look at me the way I am and cast me,” shares Raj.
He further reveals how at the beginning of his career he was criticized and was told that he is not meant for lead roles. However after his films started working, people’s perception towards him changed and the same people started praising him.
“Dibakar Banerjee gave me that opportunity in Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010). Success changes people’s perception of you and the way they look at you. People have cast aspersions on many actors because they didn’t look conventional. But these actors proved them wrong and the same people started praising them. This has happened to me as well. Initially, some people thought that I wasn’t cut out for lead roles, but today, they think differently. From then to now, it’s been an exciting ride. I am happy with my career graph, and the way cinema is shifting shapes and people are coming up with great ideas and stories, which are being lapped up by the audience. It’s a great sign for us.”
Meanwhile, on the work front, Rajkummar Rao will be next seen alongside Janhvi Kapoor in Roohi Afza, which is a horror comedy-drama film directed by Hardik Mehta and produced by Dinesh Vijan under the banner Maddock Films.