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Face of the ordinary man, caliber of an extraordinary man

Ludo, Trapped, Netwon & More, celebrating Rajkummar Rao and his best movies (Photo credit: IMDb)

Hrithik Roshan’s entry and rise to stardom in the 2000s changed the definition of a traditional Bollywood hero. One had to be a full set, from muscles to abs, dance moves and killer looks. It took actors nearly a decade to break that norm and give that big screen to the common man. Begin the era of Rajkummar Rao!

Not that the evolution of having the ordinary man’s face up there started with him, but Rao is definitely a trailblazer in making the public vouch for that. Over ten years in the business now, Rajkummar has managed to blur the line between art and advertising with his unique charm that has successfully brought audiences to theaters. This means that he not only approved of the parallel, but made it worthwhile.

Rajkummar Rao is a powerhouse when it comes to playing layered and marinated roles in their universe. He even makes his presence felt in the shortest of roles. I suggest you watch Shlok Sharma’s Bombay Mirror someday. A 3 minute short film, but the impact. So today, let’s celebrate the man with the zest to make one of us shine.

LUDO

In my opinion, if there was one actor who overshadowed everyone in the overall drama, which featured some of the best actors, it was Rajkummar Rao. Playing a lover so in love that he could move mountains for her, Rao has become the most vulnerable person possible. Combining depth and humor, he brought Anurag Basu’s Alok to life in Ludo.

SHAHID

Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar are a perfect match. Shahid was the start of their collaboration as Rao played lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi in the biographical drama. Giving one of the most moving and devastating performances of his career, he won a Filmfare Award for the same.

NEWTON

Where Does Honesty Take You? What if you were honest about working in a landscape that shows no mercy to anyone? Newton stars Rajkummar Rao in and as. The film places him in a village dominated by Naxal, where he is given the responsibility of running the election. Knowing that nothing will change even if people vote, he at least goes out and makes everyone aware of their rights. The moving director of Amit Masurkar was our official entry to the Oscars.

TRAP

You haven’t known the power of Rajkummar Rao if you haven’t seen director Vikramaditya Motwane Trapped. A man is trapped on the top floor of a Mumbai skyscraper. Having no way to contact people from the outside, he must survive and there is no way to lose this battle. Trapped will certainly make you wink your eye in disgust more than once, but you have to watch it for its range.

BAREILLY KI BARFI

For me, Bareilly Ki Barfi was Rajkummar Rao’s open letter to his audience that he can do it too. It is not easy to stand out when the actor in front of you is from your own clan. Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar are one of the coolest duos in a movie starring Kriti Sanon.

STREE

You have to live in a cave if you don’t know what a whirlwind this movie has caused. Changing the Power Dynamics for Gender, in this drama directed by Amar Kaushik and written by Raj & DK, the one who was in danger was the men, and the one who came for them was a woman. Rajkummar Rao played Vicky, tailor and the purest soul in the whole village. Look at Stree and see what this powerhouse is capable of.

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