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Rajkummar Rao: “I’m a greedy actor”

Rajkummar Rao has become one of the most popular character actors in Bollywood after playing a variety of unique roles, which have been both lead and supporting.

Rao’s script selection process is focused on a challenging role and a compelling narrative. “I really don’t see anything else, and when you do that, it isn’t necessary that you will get the lead role. Yes, I’m a greedy actor too, and would love to do the most impactful part in a story. But I know that it might not happen every time. So, when you don’t get that, you don’t stop working. The idea is to make the character I’m portraying as impactful as possible.”, he told Hindustan Times.

His own career in Bollywood is proof of how effective this strategy has been for him, despite the rejections and hardships, “I know how I’ve reached where I am today. So every time I feel otherwise, I go back to my journey, to my roots, and my heart is immediately filled with gratitude.”

Rao’s latest film ‘Made in China’ (2019) has received a positive response and praise for his performance. “It’s difficult to make people laugh, and it’s humbling to have viewers who love my performances in films such as ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ (2017), ‘Stree’ (2018), and ‘Newton’ (2017), which was a dark comedy, and now the latest slice of life film, ‘Made In China’. I will always try to push the envelope, challenge myself as an actor and entertain my audience through my work,” he said.