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Rajkummar Rao

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Raj Kumar Yadav (born August 31, 1984), professionally known as Rajkummar Rao, is an Indian actor famous for his work in Hindi films. He has won several awards including the National Film Award, 3 Filmfare Awards and Asia Pacific Screen Award.

Forbes India named Rajkummar Rao on its list of under 30 for 2014. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named him the most popular vegetarian celebrity in India for 2017. In the same year, he appeared on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list and GQ magazine's list. 50 most influential young Indians. He has served as a brand ambassador for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of Actimaxx, Seventh Street and the Food Management Movement in India.

In 2013, Rajkummar Rao played the supporting role of a manipulating fiance in the comedy drama Queen. The film premiered in the world at the Busan International Film Festival and was released in India on March 7, 2014. The film was critically and commercially successful, generating $970 million ($14 million) in revenue worldwide. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV noted that Rajkummar Rao "provides an incredible restraint to deal with his interpretation of the dullness of a terribly conservative city that cannot be seen over the nose."

Friends of Abhishek Kapoor Drama Movie Kai Po Che! (2013) was Rajkummar Rao's next venture. Co-starred by Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh, the film is based on Chetan Bhagat's 2008 novel Three Mistakes of My Life. The film premiered in India on February 22, 2013, and was praised by critics for its lead performance. Deccan Herald's Shilpa Jamkhandikar felt that Rajkummar Rao stood out and played a "beautifully" role. Rajkummar Rao was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Rajkummar Rao, who appeared in the 2013 biographical drama Shahid, directed by Han-year-old Mehta, plays the late lawyer Shahid Azmi. To prepare for the role, Rao spent time meeting Azmi's family to understand the man and his personality. He also studied the Koran and attended court to understand the behavior of lawyers. Rao said he was "emotionally exhausted" because the characters are challenging and complex. The film and his performance received criticism as soon as it was released. Anupama Chopra called Rao's "Victory". “His Shahid has strength, anguish, and controlled anger, but he also has a real charm.” The film was also a box office success. Rao won the Best Actor Award at the 61st National Film Awards, and the Best Actor Award at the 59th Film Festival. His other 2013 release was the comedy film Boyss Toh Boyss Hain.

Rao's first release in 2020 was Ramesh Sippy's romantic drama Shimla Mirchi. It was Sippy's first directorial venture after Zamaana Deewana in 1995 and has been postponed for several years. The film premiered on Netflix on January 3.

Rao has appeared in the successful romantic comedies Queen (2013), Aligarh (2016) and Trapped (2016). Trapped won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. During his 2017 release, the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi and the black comedy Newton both had commercial success and won several awards. The Film Awards won the Best Supporting Actor Award and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards the Best Actor Award. In 2018, he starred in the horror comedy Stree, the highest-grossing film of his career to date.

In the same year he played with BJ Mauria in the short film Bombay Mirror directed by Shlok Sharma. He collaborated with Mehta in his drama film CityLights (2014). Co-starred by Patralekha Paul, the film tells the story of a poor farm family from Rajasthan who came to Mumbai for a living. To prepare for the role, Rajkummar Rao lived for a month in the small town of Sadri in the Pali region of Rajasthan, grew a mustache and became fluent in dialects. Critics praised the film and Lao's performance. Sweta Kaushal of the Hindustan Times wrote that he had the "easy" role. It has had moderate financial success.

His last theater release of the year was Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana with Cristiano Banda, which had mixed critical reactions. He also made his digital debut with ALTBalaji's historic biography web mini-series Bose: Dead/Alive. Based on Anuj Dhar's 2012 book India's Biggest Cover-up, he plays nationalist leader Subhash Chandra Bose. For the role, Rajkummar Rao gained 13kg (29lb) and went half bald. Indian Anvita Singh felt that today wasn't Rau's best acting, but because of his skills as an actor, he "catches your attention".

Rajkummar Rao collaborated with Vikramaditya Motwane for his directorial venture, the survival drama Trapped (2016). It is the story of a man trapped in an apartment for days without food, water or electricity. Rajkummar Rao found Shaurya's role to be one of his most difficult roles. He had to maintain a carrot and coffee diet while filming to lose weight and maintain. Despite being a vegetarian, Rajkummar Rao ate meat in some scenes for the first time in his life, as Motwane insisted on realism. It premiered at the 2016 Mumbai Film Festival and was released on March 17, 2017 and received positive reviews. Subhash K. Jha wrote that Rajkummar Rao "immersed himself in a reasonably assembled plot with such shining authenticity, so after a while we stop seeing the technique that emphasizes outstanding performance." Rajkummar Rao won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

He starred in the musical comedy Fanney Khan (2018) with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor. A remake of the 2000 Belgian film Everybody's Famous!, it was a critical and commercial failure. Stree (2018), a horror comedy directed by Amar Kaushik, was his next release. Based on the Bangalore urban legend known as Nale Ba, Shraddha Kapoor also appeared. The film and Rajkummar Rao's performances received positive critical feedback. Rachit Gupta of The Times of India noted that Rajkummar Rao "handles very easily with different shades of comedy, horror and romance. He was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Stree has had great financial success. In the same year, Rajkummar Rao briefly starred in Tabrez Noorani's Love Sonia about prostitution. His last release in 2018 was five weddings.

Rajkummar Rao said that after seeing Manoj Bajpayee and being greatly influenced by his acting, he decided to become an actor. In 2008, he enrolled in an acting course for two years at the Indian Film and Television Institute (FTII) in Pune and moved to Mumbai to pursue a film career. Rajkummar Rao is a vegetarian. He changed his surname to Rao from Yadav in 2014 and added 'm' to his name. The reason is "Rao and Yadav, both surnames can be used as surnames. As far as the double 'm' of the name is concerned, it's for the mother. She believes in numerology." Rajkummar Rao, actress Patralekha since 2010 I have a relationship with Paul.

After graduating from FTII in 2008, Rajkummar Rao visited the studio next year and met the casting director. He made a small but unbelievable appearance as a news leader in Ram Gopal Varma's 2010 political thriller Rann. After reading in a newspaper advertisement that Dibakar Banerjee was looking for a newcomer for the anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) he found, he was selected after auditioning for the film. The film consists of three stories. Rajkummar Rao appears in the second story opposite Neha Chauhan. He played supermarket director Adarsh, letting the employee sleep with him so he could secretly record the act on camera and sell it. To fit the part, he had to lose 6kg (13lb) per month. The film and performances of Rajkummar Rao were praised by critics. It also turned out to be a lucrative box office venture.

Rajkummar Rao was born on August 31, 1984 as Raj Kumar Yadav in Prem Nagar in Gurugram, Haryana, India. He had two siblings and three cousins ​​in his extended family. His father, Satyapal Yadav, was an official in the Haryana tax department, and his mother, Kamlesh Yadav, was a housewife. His mother and father died in 2017 and 2019 respectively. He finished the 12th standard at Blue Bells Model School, where he participated in school plays. He graduated from Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (University of Delhi) and played concurrently with Kshitij Repertory and Shri Ram Center in Delhi.

Amit V. Masurkar's black comedy Newton was Rajkummar Rao's next film. In it, he acts as an honest government clerk sent to serve elections to a city controlled by Naxal. He asked the director if he could distinguish the character by closing his head and blinking his eyes continuously. Masurkar agreed. The film premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and premiered in India on September 22, 2017. Newton, like Rajkummar Rao's performance, received critical acclaim. Rajeev Masand said, "It's difficult to separate actors from characters and I can't argue that many of our artists own those gifts." For this role, he was nominated for an Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Actor and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. He also made a cameo appearance in Dinesh Vijan's Raabta (2017). He had to apply the prosthesis for 5 to 6 hours every day to look like a 324 year old man.

Director Anurag Kashyap liked Rajkummar Rao's acting in Love Sex Aur Dhokha and starred in the sequel to his crime film Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 1, Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 2 (2012). He played the supporting role of Shamshad Alam. Visited Wasseypur to perfect his accent and character. The film was critical and financially successful. His subsequent role was the role of independence activist Lokenath Bal in the historical drama Chittagong (2012) by Bedabrata Pain, based on the Chittagong weapon raid. His last release of the year was Reema Kagti's suspense thriller Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, where he played the police. Starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor, the film earned more than $1.74 billion (US$24 million) worldwide, and emerged as the eighth highest-grossing Hindi film this year. Rajeev Masand said in one scene that Rao shows "what a good actor can bring down to the smallest part".

Rajkummar Rao graduated from the University of Delhi and studied acting at the Indian Film and Television Institute. He then moved to Mumbai, where he made his debut with Dibakar Banerjee's anthology of discovery footage, Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010). After playing several supporting roles in films such as Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, his breakthrough came in the drama film Kai Po Che! He became famous for playing the lawyer Shahid Azmi in Hansal Mehta's biography drama Shahid (2013), which was highly acclaimed by critics, for which he was awarded the Best Actor Award and Best Actor Award.

After the success of his debut, producer Ekta Kapoor offered Rajkummar Rao a lead role in the found footage horror movie Ragini MMS (2011). He was initially reluctant to accept it because it looked similar to his previous work, but he accepted the offer with the argument of casting director Atul Mongia. Despite the adverse critical reaction, the film was a box office success. His next release was Bejoy Nambiar's crime thriller Shaitan (2011), where he played a sticky policeman. Raja Sen, who criticized the film, praised Rao's performance as "stablely good."

Rajkummar Rao has donated an undisclosed amount to the PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra's Supreme Minister's Relief Fund, and Zomato's Feeding India to help families in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

Rajkummar Rao reunited with Mehta to play the role of terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in the biographical crime film Omerta. To prepare for the role, Rajkummar Rao "gathered a lot of hatred and anger" inside of himself by watching several videos, documentaries, and hate speeches by Sheikh. He said that he “became confused” while filming the movie because of the character he played, and called him “the toughest character” he played until then. The film received its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and premiered in India on May 4, 2018. The movie and Lao's performance was praised by critics as Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV called it "Pitch Perfect Performance".

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019), a film about closed lesbians, was Rajkummar Rao's first film in 2019. Critics, co-starred by Sonam K Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, and Juhi Chawla, received the film warmly with positive expressions of homosexuality. But it didn't do well commercially. He next starred with Kangana Ranaut in the black comedy Judgementall Hai Kya. For his performance, he won another Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor nomination. His last acting venture was a Gujarati businessman in Mikhil Musale's comedy film Made in China, where he received an offer to sell Chinese aphrodisiacs in India. Based on a novel named after Parinda Joshi, the film had a mixed critical response. Anna M. M. Betty Cad, who criticized the film, praised Rao. "The best thing about this movie is the pleasure that Rajkummar Rao and [Boman] can see even in the middle of this situation." The film went well in moderation at the box office.

Rajkummar Rao's first release in 2017 was the romantic comedy Behen Hogi Teri with Shruti Haasan. Critics praised Rao's performance, but it received a negative critical response. He continued this with another romantic comedy called Bareilly Ki Barfi, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and co-starred by Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana. Most of the films and performances of Rajkummar Rao received positive reviews. Namrata Joshi wrote: "Rajkummar Rao is tearing down the house with his chameleon turn and comical timing. One minute is full of idiots and the next minute is a mess. It's a role that could be a caricature in the hands of a junior actor." The film was a commercial success, and Rajkummar Rao won the Best Supporting Actor Award.

In 2015, Rajkummar Rao starred in the supporting role of Dolly Ki Doli, co-starring Sonam K Ahuja, Pulkit Samrat and Varun Sharma. I met mixed reviews and hit the average total at the box office. The sequel is the romantic drama Ha Marie Ad Huri Kahani (2015), directed by Mohit Suri, who plays the abusive husband of Vasuda Prasad (played by Vidia Balan). He returned to work with Mehta in the biographical drama Aligarh. Based on the life of Professor Ramchandra Siras, Manoj Bajpayee plays the leading role and Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist trying to dig up the story. Aligarh has been particularly acclaimed for their performances by Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, and received critical acclaim with the launch. Sukanya Verma called Rajkummar Rao "Pitch Perfection" in the role of "Curious Journalist". Rao was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Rajkummar Rao is working on Anurag Basu's anthology comedy film Ludo, with ensemble casts including Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Pankaj Tripathi. The film is released on Netflix due to the COVID-19 pandemic He also finished filming Hardik Mehta's comedy horror Roohi Afzana and Hansal Mehta's dark comedy Chhalaang. In 2020, it was announced that Rajkummar Rao would work with Bhumi Pednekar in Badhaai Do, the sequel to the 2018 film Badhaai Ho, and star in Dinesh Vijan's next production venture alongside Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal and Dimple Kapadia. He will also appear in a Hindi remake of the 2020 Telugu Thriller film HIT: The First Case, which will be directed by Sailesh Kolanu, who directed the original.

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