Rajkumar Rao is considered as one of the talented newcomers actor of the Bollywood industry. But it came up with a great surprise when he became the recipient of a National Award and three Filmfare Awards. Well, Rao is near to the way of his superstardom.
Recently, Rajkumar revealed that Shah Rukh Khan’s inspirational story has motivated him a lot on his journey. It helped him to focus on his work when he was still struggling to make a place for himself in the Indian cinema.
Rao quoted, “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.”
Rao shared his life stories with a page that catalogs real-life stories. He narrated his initial days in Mumbai when he had to share a meal with his friend as he had no money. Rajkummar said, “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.”
Rao faced a lot of obstacles but didn’t give up on his hope, because he always knew that he didn’t have any other options. He was always on the lookout for work and kept meeting a lot of casting directors. He also revealed that the small roles has never demotivated him.
Rao stated, “I met with countless ADs and casting directors. They would call me in for the smallest of roles and I would try to convince them to at least let me try out the bigger parts…but I was turned down. But I didn’t let any of it demotivate me – I believed that someone would see my talent.”
Finally, in 2010, Rao made a debut with Love Sex Aur Dhokha. And then there was no turning back. He went on doing Kai Po Che (2013), Shaitan (2011), Shahid(2013). And in 2014, his role in Queen made him earn massive popularity. It was a lifetime moment for him because, he finally got the opportunity to meet his idol, Shah Rukh Khan.
Rao said, “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!”
The actor further added, “He made me feel so special. I was already a fan, but that day I was probably his biggest. I was nervous and in awe throughout. I once spoke to his posters…and now there he was, in front of me. How can I even explain what that felt like?”