We are all familiar with the name Rajkumar Rao now. He is one of the most reliable actors in Bollywood today and has offered us numerous films which we would watch over and over again. But if you think his journey to stardom was easy, you are wrong. his days were much harder than it seems but the man has achieved all beating all the obstacles.
In a post by Humans Of Bombay, Rajkumar Rao shared his journey with all of us and trust me it is worth your time. He spoke about the time he met his idol, Shah Rukh Khan, about being true to his craft and many more.
He spoke about the times when he was just an ordinary person doing a small advertisement to earn his living. There had also been times he had to depend on his friends to get hold of food.
“Growing up, I was fascinated with Shah Rukh Sir––I used to stare at his posters and often think that if an outsider could make it as big as him, then maybe there was hope for me. It wasn’t rosy though––I didn’t get a lot of work after I came to Mumbai. I only managed small ads here and there. Things you won’t even recollect––I’d be like the 10th person standing in some ad!”
“I made about Rs. 10,000 a month––but still, there were days where I didn’t have money, and I’d call my friends asking to share their meal.”
Rajkumar’s break in Bollywood came when he nailed the audition of Love Sex Aur Dhoka. But he believes that the film which shaped his career was Queen as he gained the much-needed critical acclaim after the movie was released.
“But I’ll tell you a stand out moment for me – I think it was after the release of Queen.”
Then one day the moment of his life arrived. He finally got to meet his hero, Shah Rukh Khan. And we need not explain how special was it to him.
“I was shooting in Mehboob. And I heard that Shah Rukh sir was also shooting there. So I thought this was my chance––maybe I could go meet him. I sent a message across to him––I didn’t think he’d know me, but, he called me to his trailer – he knew my entire bio!”
He ended it with a strong note for all of us. Especially the aspiring actors who want to make a name in the industry. So here it goes:
“Remember, no matter what anyone else says, no one is going to believe in you, the way YOU do – so hustle, and let the Universe do the rest.”
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“Growing up, I was fascinated with Shah Rukh Sir––I used to stare at his posters and often think that if an outsider…