Rajkummar Rao Profile, Biography, Family, Friends, Income

Rajkummar Rao

Raj Kumar Yadav (born 31 August 1984), known professionally as Rajkummar Rao, is an Indian film actor known for his work in Hindi films. He is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, and an Asia Pacific Screen Award.

Rao graduated from the University of Delhi and went on to study acting at the Film and Television Institute of India. He then moved to Mumbai and made his film debut with Dibakar Banerjee’s found footage anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010). After a few supporting roles in films like Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, his breakthrough came with the drama film Kai Po Che! in 2013. He rose to prominence with his portrayal of a lawyer Shahid Azmi in Hansal Mehta’s critically acclaimed biographical drama Shahid (2013), for which he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

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Rao at Filmfare Glamour and Style Awards in 2019
Born Raj Kumar Yadav

31 August 1984 (age 36)

Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Alma mater Film and Television Institute of India
Occupation Film actor
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) Patralekha Paul (2010–present)
Awards Full list


Debut and other works (2010–2012)

After graduating from the FTII in 2008, Rao spent the next year visiting studios and meeting casting directors. He made a small, uncredited appearance as a news reader in Ram Gopal Varma’s 2010 political thriller Rann. After reading in a newspaper advertisement that mentioned Dibakar Banerjee was looking for newcomers for his found footage anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), he auditioned for the film and was selected.

Shahid and breakthrough (2013–2016)

In 2013, Rao appeared in the Hansal Mehta-directed biographical drama Shahid, where he plays the title role of late lawyer Shahid Azmi. To prepare for the role, Rao met Azmi’s family and spent time with them to understand the man and his personality. He also studied the Quran and attended courtrooms to understand how lawyers behave. Rao said he was “emotionally drained” as the character was challenging and complex. The film and his performance met with critical acclaim upon its release. Anupama Chopra called the film Rao’s “triumph”; “His Shahid has strength, anguish and a controlled anger, but also real charm.” Commercial success (2017-present)

Rao’s first release in 2017 was the romantic comedy Behen Hogi Teri with Shruti Haasan; it met with an unfavorable critical response though critics praised Rao’s performance. He followed this with another romantic comedy titled Bareilly Ki Barfi, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and co-starring Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana.

In the media

Forbes India featured Rao in their 30 Under 30 list of 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Rann News reader
Love Sex Aur Dhokha Adarsh
2011 Ragini MMS Uday
Shaitan Malwankar Pintya
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 Shamshad Alam
Chittagong Lokenath Bal
Talaash Devrath Kulkarni/Dev
2013 Kai Po Che! Govind Patel Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Boyss Toh Boyss Hain Rahul Shah
D-Day Moin (voice) Cameo appearance
Shahid Shahid Azmi National Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
A New Love Ishtory News Reporter cameo appearance
2014 Queen Vijay
CityLights Deepak Singh
Bombay Mirror Short film
2015 Dolly Ki Doli Sonu Sherawat
Hamari Adhuri Kahani Hari Prasad
Aligarh Deepu Sebastian Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Trapped Shaurya Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
2017 Raabta Muwaqqit Cameo appearance
Behen Hogi Teri Shiv Kumar Nautiyal (Gattu)
Bareilly Ki Barfi Pritam Vidrohi Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Newton Newton Kumar Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana IAS Satyendra Mishra
2018 Omerta Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh
Fanney Khan Adhir
Stree Vicky Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Love Sonia Manish
5 Weddings Harbhajan Singh
2019 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Sahil Mirza
Judgementall Hai Kya Keshav Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Made in China Raghuvir Mehta
2020 Shimla Mirchi Avinash
Ludo Alok Kumar “Alu” Gupta Netflix release
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Uss Din Short film
Chhalaang Mahender “Montu” Singh Hooda Released On Amazon Prime Video
2021 The White Tiger Ashok Netflix Original
Roohi Bhawra Pandey
Hum Do Hamare Do TBA Filming
Badhaai Do Shardul[110] Completed


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