Rajkummar Rao was born in Gurugram, Haryana. He graduated from University of Delhi and learnt acting at Film and Television Institute of India. He made his acting debut with Love Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010 and gained recognition with supporting roles in Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within. For his movie Shahid he won a National Film Award. He has starred in many films like Queen, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Stree, Ludo and Kai Po Che. His source of inspiration has been Manoj Bajpayee for choosing acting as a career. He is married to Patralekha Paul.