Raykummar Rao, also known as Rajkumar Yadav, is an Indian actor. He might be the best known for his roles in films including Kai Po Che! (2013), Shahid (2013), Queen (2014), CityLights (2014), Aligarh (2016), and Trapped (2016). This talented man had done over 16 films in just a span of 6 years. He has received numerous awards for his work, including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, and an Asia Pacific Screen Award. Let’s learn more about his life, career, and earnings.
On 31st August 1984, in Gurugram, India, Raykummar Rao was brought into this world. He finished his primary education in Gurugram before he enrolled in Atma ram Sanatan dharma college (Delhi University). After his graduation from the University of Delhi, Rao went to study acting at the Film and Television Institute of India and graduated from there in 2008. During his college years, he was simultaneously doing theatre. Shah Rukh Khan was an inspiration to Rao, and he even said: „If an outsider could make it as big as him, then maybe there was hope for me“
After graduation, Rao moved to Mumbai in search of work. He spent 2009 visiting studios and meeting casting directors. In 2010, Rao made his film debut with the experimental anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha. In the following year, he starred in a horror film Ragini MMS, and a crime thriller Shaitan. In 2012, he played supporting roles in three films, including Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, Chittagong, and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within. Rao had his breakthrough with the drama film Kai Po Che! in 2013. I the same year, he starred in another successful production, a biographical drama Shahid.
That year was a critically and commercially successful film period in Rao’s career. He won a National Award and a Filmfare Critics Award for the Best Actor thanks to his performance in Shahid. In 2014, Rao made an appearance in comedy-drama Queen and received positive reviews for his portrayal of Vijay. The film was box office hit, and Rao was nominated for Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor. The same year, Rao starred in CityLights alongside his girlfriend Patralekha Paul. So far, he played in 36 films, and also made an appearance in television series.
In 2010, Rajkummar Rao started dating fellow actress Patralekha Paul. The two of them are one of the steadiest couples of Bollywood. However, Raul said that the marriage is not on the cards for the couple, and in 2018, she said that they are not getting married for another six to seven years. Rao reportedly said that the marriage will definitely happen, but not right now because both of them are busy focussing on their respective careers.
Raykummar Rao’s net worth is estimated at up to $6 million. Most of his earnings come from his acting career. It is believed that his net worth will grow with the years to come.