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Rajkummar Rao films and shows that are must-watch

By Shaheen | OTTPlay

By Shaheen | OTTPlay
Apr 05, 2021

Quality actor is the word that comes to mind every time this Bollywood actors' name is taken. Te actof has worked in nearly 40 films till date and yet there is not a single movie where he let the audiences complain about his acting.

Time after time, Rao has picked a project which has a strong base and could explore his potential (except very few ignorable mistakes).

Whether playing Pritam Vidrohi from Bareilly ki Barfi or Shaurya in Trapped, Rao has proven he is a versatile actor and one that deserves all accolades which come his way.

Here are a few of his films and web shows that you absolutely have to look out for...

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Rao played the lead role of lawyer Shahid Azmi with finesse in the film, Shahid. It was a character which challenged him as an actor and according to Rao himself, it was a 'spiritual experience'. It is thus, no wonder, that Rao won both National Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, for his performance in the film. The story of Shahid revolves around lawyer Shahid Azmi (played by Rao)'s execution, which is said to be based on a bigger conspiracy. The Hansal Mehta directorial film can be streamed on Sony Liv.
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Rao played the important role of journalist Deepu Sebastian in Mehta's Aligarh. Sebastian was one of the few who dared to fight for a gay professor named Ramchandra Siras (Manoj Bajpayee), who was wronged by the society and was on the verge of losing his job only because of his sexuality. Aligarh is a film where a gay professor (Siras) is shamed by the society and has been asked to resign because of his identity. However, he receives support from a few people who help Siras take up the matter with court. The film focuses of the professor's day-to-day struggle of having to deal with close-minded people who shame him for being different from others. Aligarh can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
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Rao played the perfectly frustrated middle-class man Shaurya 'trapped' inside his own house in the Vikramaditya Motwane directorial. The actor even won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie. Trapped, like mentioned, is the story about a middle-class man who gets trapped inside his own house and is living in misery for days at an end, with no one to hear him. Through his survival days, Shaurya gains a lot of experiences, which change him as a person altogether. The film can be viewed on both Amazon Prime Video as well as Zee5.
Rao perfected the stubborn and optimistic Newton Kumar, in the movie Newton. The actor did not only win hearts with his performance but also took home the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor, for the film. Newton addressed the problem of voting in Naxal-infested areas, which made the movie an important watch. The movie can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
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Rao even caused fear in the role of British terrorist of Pakistani descent, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. The biographical film Omerta, directed by Mehta, explored the 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India, and the infamous plotting of Wall Street Journal's journalist Daniel Pearle (from 2002). The film, which was critically lauded, can be streamed on Zee5.
Bareilly Ki Barfi
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Pritam Vidrohi, naam toh suna hoga (better agree warna woh dimple nikal lenge tumhaari). That's right, Rao played the fun character of Vidrohi, who was a scaredy cat in real life but played a macho man due to the situation he was stuck in. The actor even went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the movie. Bareilly Ki Barfi is the story of Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) who is finding the only man who understands her as a person. She then meets Vidrohi, who is assumed to be the person she has been looking for. The film can be streamed on Netflix India.
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Rao was a complete delight in Stree. He played the role of Vicky who was a loverboy stuck in weird situations due to a female ghost traumatizing his village. Stree was a horror-comedy film. It brought about the mystery of men going missing, while their clothes are left behind. The film ended on a cliffhanger and makers have spoken about a sequel to the Rajkummar Rao-Shraddha Kapoor starrer. The film can be viewed on Netflix in India.
The White Tiger
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Not many Rao fans would appreciate his character Ashok from The White Tiger. Despite having explored a modern society and showing improvements in his thought process, Ashok sticks with his family without giving moral ground a second thought. The White Tiger was the rags-to-riches (and a whole lot of mess in the middle) story of Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav). Not wanting to die in a place where there is no growth, Balram grabs the first opportunity he sees to move to a city. His journey from the shackles, to finding a place for himself, is what the film is all about. The White Tiger is a Netflix original film based on Aravind Adiga's novel of the same name.
City Lights
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City Lights was the story of a naive couple - Deepak Singh (Rao) and his wife Rakhi (Patralekhaa) relocating from Rajasthan to Mumbai. After having led an honest life, they get tangled in situations where shrewd thugs in the city leave them poverty-striken. Singh is an ex-Army driver who now lives in poverty. Rao in the role makes you empathize and feel the pain the character goes through. Unfortunately, City Lights is not available for streaming on OTT platforms yet.
Bose: Dead/Alive
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Rao played the role of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose, in AltBalaji's Bose: Dead/Alive. Like the name itself mentions, the film explored the possibility of Bose being alive. The web series keeps people guessing and at the edge-of-their-seat as they wonder if Bose, who took India closer to freedom, might actually be alive and hiding his identity somewhere around the world.
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