My acting skills helped me make it to DU: Delhi boy Rajkummar Rao

  • Ruchika Garg, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2016 20:36 IST
Actor Rajkumar Rao was born and brought up in Prem Nagar, Gurgaon and studied in Delhi University.

Delhi boy actor Rajkummar Rao says that he misses his graduation days at the Delhi University. “It feels great when you come back to the city you were raised in,” says actor Rajkummar Rao, who is known for his roles in movies such as Queen, Love Sex and Dhoka, and Kai Po Che.

Born and brought up in Prem Nagar, Gurgaon and studied in Delhi University (DU) reminisces his days in the city, saying, “My acting skills helped me make it to DU. I got admission through ECA quota in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College and Satya Niketan used to be our hang-out place. But, I focussed on my acting classes and didn’t chill out much with my friends.”

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The actor was also a part of the dramatics society of his college and practised theatre at Shri Ram Centre. He shares, “Travelling from Delhi University to Gurgaon was a lot of struggle back then. I travelled in buses and used to ride my bicycle to the University and Shri Ram Centre for my theatre classes.”

On being asked about his struggling days, the actor says that he doesn’t have extraordinary stories to share. “After graduation from Film and Television Institute of India, I struggled for one and a half year. I won’t say that I slept on roads and all. There was nothing like that. Like a graduate gets his job after studies, I also got a break after a few years of struggle,” says Rao.

The actor, who credits his mother for his success, says, “My family was really supportive and were equally excited about me being an actor as I was, especially my mother.”

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As Rao has spent his formative years in Gurgaon, he believes that the city has evolved a lot from his childhood days. “Gurgaon is now a changed place. The old houses, old buildings and the playgrounds where we used to play are nowhere to be seen. Everyone has made their houses in the once barren hand,” says Rao.

Rao knew that he wanted to be an actor since childhood. He says that acting gives him the biggest high in life. He adds, “My best time of life is when I am in front of the camera and acting. Apart from that, I like travelling to those places where nobody knows me and I can be myself.”

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