Bibhu Prasad Ray

People don’t get inspired by watching movies only, they get inspired by the hard work and dedication of the actors who face initial struggles while chasing their dreams too. From Shah Rukh Khan, and Akshay Kumar to Irrfan Khan, these are some actors who made it big despite having no godfathers in the industry. 

This is the story of actor Raj Kummar Rao who once lived for Rs 18 in bank account but for his hard work and success, he is now charging Rs 6 crore per film.

Being known for his extraordinary acting skills, Raj Kummar Rao began his film career with Love Sex Aur Dhokha directed by Dibakar Banerjee which became a commercially successful film. After that, he made several successful films, including Bareilly Ki Barfi, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, Stree, Badhaai Do, Trapped and others. 

"It was difficult being an outsider. I grew up in a joint family in Gurgaon and at that time, it was just a small town. I fell in love with cinema as a kid and knew this was what I wanted to do. I used to ride a bicycle 70 km up and down to Delhi when I was doing theatre. It was like going to meet your girlfriend," he said.

"I worked hard at FTII. I wanted to learn as much as I could. He added, “Eventually, I moved to Mumbai, but that was tough. There were times when I lived on one Parle-G ka packet a day with just Rs 18 in my bank account. Luckily, I had friends from film school who helped me a lot during those turbulent times. But I never had a Plan B. I always wanted to become an actor." He added.

He got a National Award for Best Actor for his role in Shahid. The Kai Po Che actor won over everyone’s heart with his portrayal in the recent OTT web series Guns & Gulaabs. 

On the work front, the Badhaai Do actor is gearing up for the second part of popular OTT web series Guns and Gulaabs and has Mahendra Agarwal's Mr And Mrs Mahi in his kitty.