Mobbed in school and now out of it. Sairat actress Rinku Rajguru, a Class X student, has decided to discontinue formal studies and has pulled out of her school in Akluj town in Solapur district of central Maharashtra. The actress, who wowed crowds and critics alike with her portrayal of the plucky college student, Archana Patil, in the Marathi blockbuster, has cited a “hectic schedule” for the decision.
Her parents have, however, filled out the Form 17, which makes her eligible for Class X examinations in March next year. “We have not decided whether she should join a new school or give the exams externally. But we are keen on Rinku pursuing her education besides being involved with movies,” her father Mahadev Rajguru told The Indian Express.
Both her parents are teachers in Akluj.
Manjushree Jain, principal of Jijamata Kanya Prashala, confirmed that the young actress’ father had collected her school-leaving certificate. “He told us that Rinku will not be able to make it to the school for the next two months as she was learning South Indian languages, especially Telugu…” Jain said. The actress has been honing her acting and linguistic skills, particularly in South Indian languages, as Sairat is likely to be remade in Telugu.
Rinku was barely 15 when she became an overnight sensation after playing “Archie” in Sairat. The film chronicled the consequences of love that crossed caste lines. While the role earned her a special mention from the National Film Awards jury, Sairat went on to break all box-office records in Marathi cinema.
Her popularity, which has seen her become a household name in Maharashtra, has, however, come at a price. The actress failed to attend the first day of the academic year in June. And on the two days she has turned up in school since then, she was mobbed by classmates and other students. She has also spent only a few days at her home in Akluj’s Shikshak Colony ever since Sairat took the box-office by storm.
Whenever she has been seen in public, from felicitation ceremonies in Akluj to “Dahi Handi” celebrations in Pune, Rinku has drawn huge crowds. Her popularity, yesteryear actress Usha Chavan of Dada Kondke fame, said reminded her of her heydays when huge crowds used to throng her functions.
The Maharashtra government had also been planning to appoint her a brand ambassador for inter-caste marriages but shelved the idea as Rinku is herself under 18 years of age – the legal age for marriage.
Rinku has been staying in Pune with the family of Nagraj Manjule, the director of Sairat.