Rajkummar Rao From A Talented Actor To A Star: He doesn't deserve stardom, stardom deserves him. He's genius
I hope his stardom doesn't affect his choice of scripts.
Trapped was stunning, his performance was extremely captivating.
Art house performer, not conventionally good looking, concurrent hero, amazing celebrity, Rajkummar Rao continues to be called a lot of things since his advent in Dibakar Banerjee's Love , Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010. Starring as a supermarket supervisor, the film was a high-risk undertaking. And Rajkummar Rao was one of the few performers who really stood out in this bunch of unknown faces. He went on to star in Nawazuddin in Wasseypur, many supporting roles like Aamir Khan in Talaash and also that bit role in the leading debut, Shaitan of Bejoy Nambiar.
Starring as Aamir Khan's subordinate officer, he politely interjects when his senior is being reprimanded by his emotionally exposed wife (played by Rani Mukerji). Realising his poor timing he gently says, "Principal baad mein aata hoon, sir." He earned his way to Hansal Mehta's Shahid which would alter everything. This lead character would go on to become the critical darling for 2013. Rao had more than enough space to show his acting chops, playing the human rights activist/attorney Shahid Azmi. He'd also go to win his first National Award and Filmfare Award in exactly the same year.
Anyone who follows he deserved the star and Bollywood closely will tell you about the amazing talent of Rajkummar Rao -status yesterday. Having starred in small, supporting roles including Queen, Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani, and Aligarh, Rao has not had the type of impact that he *should* have had in the past three years.
He played the unlikable fiancee that he was resented by us and made us only feel better for Kangana's character in the long run. And that was so diametrically opposite to the optimum Govind in Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che where he didn't mind playing second fiddle -ier part of Sushant Singh Rajput's.
Beginning with the Trapped of Vikramaditya Motwane, Rao discovered an opportunity which is a dream for most aspiring celebrities. The film hinges on his ability to communicate through expressions and vociferous activities, having barely 20 lines of dialogue in the 100-minute movie. Along with the actor delivers more than what's expected of him.
The weight loss (achieved magnificently by way of a diet of black coffee and carrots) is the dullest highlight in a performance which is, dare I say, pitch perfect. That temporary sense of accomplishment when he lights things on fire expecting anyone to see in the darkness of the night time, and only to realize the fire could spread and burn the whole place down so he quickly takes off his top and tries to set the fire out, proves how Rao can do no wrong. And this is just the first of his five releases in 2013.
This is an enviable line-up for just about any Bollywood performer, but it means all the more for someone like Rajkummar Rao and his fanatics. These are supremely versatile characters on paper, and in the buzz surrounding the films, it is possible to tell they are all being looked forward to. Will this year ultimately start to see the actor graduate from 'amazing' to 'famous'? That will just occur if it is watched by many people, and that I encourage all the folks reading this to go out and watch his films. Even should they turn out to be pictures that are lousy, make him famous. He's among the rare men who'll channel his acclaim into work that is better.