Rajkummar Rao completes a decade in Bollywood, says mother's faith kept him going

Wednesday 31st March 2021 07:17 EDT

Ace actor Rajkummar Rao has completed 10 years in Bollywood. The National Award-winning actor called his journey in the Indian film industry surreal and rewarding, however, not without its share of challenges. In an interview, Rao said the initial two years were “extremely tough”.

“There were days when there was no money to buy food. But my mother gave me that confidence and she had this unshakable trust in me. I would call back home and they would send me money so that I could have food on my table,” he said. He said that even when he was struggling, the thought of putting his acting ambitions on hold did not cross his mind.

“I never thought of giving up, of going back and doing something else. I never came with a plan-B. This is what I wanted to do ever since I was a kid. Things started moving post 'LSD' and since then the journey has been good. When I look back, it feels surreal. I never expected this to happen, to do all these wonderful films and roles. I didn't come to this city chasing fame or money. I am in films because I really love it.”

Rao launched his career with Dibakar Banerjee's 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha'. He later went on to earn acclaim for his performances in films like 'Kai Po Che!', 'Aligarh', and 'Newton'. On the work front, he has Harshvardhan Kulkarni's 'Badhaai Do' alongside Bhumi Pednekar in the pipeline.

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