Rajkummar Rao, or Rajkumar Yadav as he was known prior to his film career taking off, was born and brought up in a lower-middle-class joint family in old Gurgaon. His father, a govt employee in the Revenue department, had to support Rajkummar and two more children. Suffice it to say, since a young age, Rajkummar has been accustomed to hardships in his day-to-day life.
Post schooling, he took up commerce at a Delhi University college and simultaneously did theatre nearby. Once formal education was over, he started focusing entirely on acting, and fortunately for him (or as I like to think of it, the universe’s doing), in 2008, the Film and Television Institute of India opened its hitherto closed down for 25 years, the course in “Method Acting”. Rajkummar had found his calling in life! Two years down the line, he was ready to take on the world.
Here are some of the best Rajkummar Rao movies that prove he is highly underrated:
It’s based on the true story of Shahid Azmi, which more or chronicles his life. Though the court proceedings were given a dramatic and fiery edge, the fact remains that he was able to convince the courts to acquit many innocent people.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Like the title of the movie, Bareilly Ki Barfi is a simple and sweet film which has enough humour and performances to keep us smiling for its runtime of two hours. Rajkummar Rao is the star of the show with his fine performance.
In Newton, Rajkummar Rao plays a govt clerk who is appointed for election duty in a faraway jungle region where he goes against the incompliant villagers to conduct the elections fairly and responsibly. Rajkummar Rao has given one of his performances in this film.