Rajkummar Rao is one such actor who has carved a niche for himself in the Hindi film industry with his power-packed performances. His diverse filmography justifies Rao’s effortless versatility in the movies he has done till date. The ease with which Rajkummar gets under the skin of the role, he can be called the real chameleon of the Bollywood industry whose boundaries are way too far stretched. He gets into the shoes of the character and makes it appear real on screen. Every time we see his movie, we can’t help but say Rajkummar Wow! Let’s take a look at some of his roles that will leave you in awe of him:
This was the movie that truly brought Rajkummar Rao into the limelight. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, Trapped is a survival drama film that had Rao hogging the screen all by himself for the most part of the movie. Rao played the character of a helpless boy Shaurya who gets stuck in an empty apartment sans food, water, and electricity. He managed to deliver an impeccable movie even in a limited space. Rajkummar lost 10 kilos in a month for the film and went on the diet of carrot and coffee to get into the skin of the character. On the trailer launch, he said, “It was physically and mentally exhausting for me to live in that space for almost 18-20 days, to eat nothing. Trust me, it’s scary to hell. If you don’t eat for two days you feel so frustrated, angry about everything. There were times when there was a blackout. I used to get up and sit quietly for a moment. But that’s the fun of being an actor. I feel very lucky to play such parts and work with such filmmakers.”
In Omerta, Rao essayed the character of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British terrorist who played a key role in the assassination of Daniel Pearl. It was one of Rao’s darkest characters, very different from his usual roles, which he portrayed with exceptional tact and finesse. His nuanced performance was able to catch every move of Omar’s chilling demeanor. Rao is looking nothing more and nothing less than a terrorist dedicated to successfully execute his terrorist mission. Talking about the film, Raj told IANS, “Omar in Omerta is certainly one of the most challenging characters I have ever played on screen. It drained me completely emotionally and physically. I could never have imagined that playing this part would mentally take me to such dark places. It’s a journey of one of the most deadly terrorists of our times and Hansal sir pushed me out of my boundaries to
3- Bose: Dead/Alive
In this web series, Rajkumar made you feel that he is the real Bose. The actor had to put on 11 kg for his role. Bald and pot-bellied, he certainly looks the part. He trained himself not only physically but mentally as well, to make sure his character looks authentic on screen. “There is a sense of responsibility when you play a real-life character because there are people, who will see your work, make comparisons, and judge you. They have all the right to do that because they know the real person. They might have seen that person also,” Rajkummar told IANS.
4- Judgementall Kya Hai
In the movie, Rajkummar played a role that had him changing expressions throughout and making the audience guess his true nature. We don”t come to know whether he is the bad guy or a good guy being framed till the very end. Rajkummar Rao’s performance certainly added another layer to this mystery. In an interview with ANI, he said, “It’s pretty tough as I have never done a character like this. So I pushed all my limits and accepted each challenge of portraying the character. I was enjoying each bit of playing a mad and funny character like this.”
This movie was a biographical drama film based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi. Rajkummar played the titular role in the film. Apart from winning his first Filmfare, Rajkummar also bagged the National Film Award for Best Actor. In an interview with India Today, he said, “Shahid was my first collaboration with Hansal Mehta. It’s a biopic, so a lot of prep was involved. I spent a lot of time with Shahid’s brother, Khalid. It was a spiritual experience.”