It’s Rajkummar Rao’s birthday! Well, in India. It’s still the day before his birthday in the US, but I figure, close enough.
Rajkummar Rao! Launched with Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh in Kai Po Che, all three of them talented actors with a little experience and no big name. SSR was the “cute” one and immediately given a YRF contract, while Rajkummar was the protagonist and generally acknowledged as the best actor the three, but languished a little in obscurity. Anurag Kashyap used him for some things, Hansel Mehta made him his muse in Shahid and others, but no big mainstream kind of hit although those in the industry started to recognize his name. And then came Queen, that odd surprise hit, and suddenly he was a known name. A few years later, Bareilly Ki Barfi got everyone in transports over his talent, and Stree added on to it. And now here we are today, Rajkummar Rao works steadily in bigger hits every year, while still throwing in the odd roles.
Anyway, of alllllll his films, which is your favorite? Not his roles or his performances, the movie as a whole?
Easy no brainer for me, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga. It’s the perfect movie. Rajkummar is the protagonist, but not the lead, if that makes sense. He nicely steps back and lets it be really Sonam and Anil Kapoor’s movie.
(to help your memory, here is a select list of his films:
Love Sex Aur Dhokha
Kai Po Che
Dolly Ki Doli
Humare Adhuri Kahaani
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga
Judgementall Hai Kya
Bonus Question: What is your least favorite Rajkummar movie?
Easy for me, definitely Judgementall Hai Kya