It took me two years to get my first job in the acting world: Rajkummar Rao

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Mumbai. Actor Rajkummar Rao says it was not easy for him to make a place in Bollywood and he is happy that he is getting films to earn his living as he had no other plans to do anything else in life.
Rajkumar’s recently released film ‘Mr. and Mrs. Mahi’ is the story of a married couple who face many obstacles to fulfill their dreams. Janhvi Kapoor is in an important role with Rajkumar in the film. This film is directed by Sharan Sharma (‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’).

Rajkumar Rao, a graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), started his career in 2010 with Ram Gopal Varma’s film ‘Rann’. In the same year, Rajkumar appeared in the lead role in Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’.
In an exclusive interview to PTI, Rajkummar Rao said, “My hurdle was to get that first film, that first job, and it took almost two years. I used to go out every day looking for work, and it was not easy. But, I had no other plans to do anything else in life. This was the only work I had to do and should do. I am doing it every day.” The Gurugram-born actor advocated medium-budget content-oriented films, which often face difficulties in getting audiences.

Rajkumar said, “Today we are fortunate that we are getting the opportunity to do the kind of films we want to do and working with these producers. The only obstacle for these films (medium budget content) is that these films reach the people and people come to the theaters, so that we can make more such films and tell these beautiful stories again and again. ” In the last few years, Rajkumar Rao has achieved great success in achieving critical and commercial success through various films, including films like ‘Shahid’, ‘Aligarh’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, ‘Trapped’, ‘Newton’, ‘Stree’, ‘The White Tiger’, ‘Monica, O My Darling’ and ‘Badhaai Do’.

Citing the example of his last film ‘Srikanth’, the National Film Award-winning actor said good films eventually find an audience. “It is up to you (media) to spread positive word of mouth about films and encourage people to go to theatres and watch films, at least for good films. We have examples where good films have found their audience,” he said. “I hope our film (‘Mr and Mrs Mahi’) will do well and get a large number of audiences. It may start slow, but word of mouth is the best promotion for a film, it will go on,” Rajkummar said. According to film production company Dharma Productions, ‘Mr and Mrs Mahi’ has grossed Rs 11.50 crore at the domestic box office within two days of its release.

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