“Work On Your Craft Before Hitting The Gym,” Rajkummar Rao’s Advice To New Actors In B-Town

Words fall short to describe the epitome of talent and a man of a few humble words, Rajkummar Rao. Ever since we saw him in Ragini MMS, Shahid, or Love Sex Aur Dhoka, there’s hardly any role that has missed to strike a chord in the hearts of the people who love good cinema.

Rajkummar Rao is one of those actors who don’t need a gigantic role to make a mark. In whatever time he gets on the screen, he makes it impossible for you to NOT notice him.

In an interview with Times Of India, Rajkummar Rao got candid about his journey and spoke about things that matter. Talking about how a performance is reduced by petty actors to camera angles, he said,

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“Acting is reacting to someone in a scene. Insecure and selfish co-stars, who only think about their camera angle and their lines, put me off.

I really can’t work like that. I wouldn’t be honest with my work then.”


Going by the long list of headlines, nepotism in Bollywood is a buzzing topic. When asked what Rao thought on the topic, he agreed that nepotism exits in the industry. He also recalled an incident where he had to face the brunt of it. He said,

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“…And he got the part. Luckily, that film never got made. It’s my good karma.”


A few days back, Nawaz talked about how he faced racism in the industry. In a brown people’s country, Rajkummar has also faced such issues. Talking about how directors think he would make a perfect ‘hero ka dost’, he said,

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“I was told, ‘You can’t audition for the main guy (hero) but you can for his friend’s role.’ I argued, ‘Why not? I can do justice to the lead role.’ They didn’t say why I couldn’t do it but I got the hint.”


Ending the interview with what advice he would like to give the aspiring actors, he had something every meaningful to say,

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You know that you’re not fooling around when you are talking to or working with Rajkummar Rao.

Rajkummar’s attitude reminds me of the quote, “Trend is temporary, class is permanent.” And Rao is here for he has class like no one else!