Actor Patrick Dempsey (of Grey’s Anatomy fame), it is said, was quite a rage among women and according to audience surveys, there was a special mention of his hair as part of his sex appeal! Closer home too, the mane has been a crowning glory for many Bollywood actors. Well, Rajkummar Rao the young, unconventional and talented entrant to Bollywood’s alternative film scene, is no different. Even though he entered Bollywood from the opposite end of the spectrum-with a very dark and gritty film as his launch vehicle, he is now playing by the showbiz rules, sporting a distinct, casually-stylised crop on the head that lends him a certain subtle, but clearly noticeable starriness.
The actor who hails from Gurgaon (Delhi’s NCR) is certainly going places. After a searing impact in Dibakar Banerjee’s LSD in which he played a young salesman who videoshoots his amorous shenanigans with a colleague and sends it out in order to get out of a debt situation, there was a similar turn in Raagini MMS, a spook thriller and a fleeting appearance in Gangs of Wasseypur and Talaash. Rao was always competent but he blended with the characters so well, that he barely stood out. Things, however, began to turn around since 2013 when Kai Po Che emerged a major success at the box-office followed by Shahid, a biopic on slain human rights lawyer, Shahid Azmi. This year has not been too bad either, given that he had a small but pivotal part in Queen, the runaway marquee success and now there is CityLights, yet another gritty and poignant drama with director Hansal Mehta coming up. There are a few other projects like Dolly Ki Doli and one more with Rajkumar Gupta, besides Hamaari Ahduri Kahaani with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan and Ramesh Sippy’s romantic film.
It is perhaps a good sign and his northward climb that Rao, has recently got himself that ubiquitous and most essential of helps in showbiz—a ‘boy’, and yes, a designer too. He offers a simple, matter-of-fact explanation for it.
“It’s important to have someone like a ‘boy’ because if you are deep into your scene, you can’t just go out and say, hey “Spot dada, paani” because you have to focus your energies towards something else. He is always around, so he knows your requirements. I have realised that it’s important to have a ‘boy’ so I have just started keeping one with me on the set just so that I can focus more on my scene.”
That’s fair enough. Well, at this stage, Rao is certainly among the new faces to watch out for.
“I think God has been really kind. My films got critical acclaim and they earned money also. I think it’s important to balance out things. I would love all of my films to have both,” avers the actor who came into the city of dreams, well prepared for the battle. continued…