In life, opportunities are created for every individual along the way and making the right decision is what takes us to the next level. While making choices is not an easy task, it becomes even more daunting when one is in the entertainment business. Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut are two such individuals in the Indian film industry who have proved their mettle by pushing the limits.
Over the course of their respective journeys in bollywood, both the gifted actors have made certain brave decisions in terms of film selection and the roles they wish to portray. The duo has quite frequently ventured into uncharted territories and came out with flying colors. The risk involved with their unconventional themes or roles paid off handsomely and the critical/ commercial success of such movies have added yet another feather in their caps.
Here is a recap of some of their noteworthy performances over the years. Let’s roll !
Based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist who was assassinated in 2010, Rajkummar committed himself to one of the most intense roles of his career. The film garnered much critical acclaim for its sincere handling of the subject and his portrayal of Shahid Azmi was denoted as a career-defining role for him
Directed by Hansal Mehta, this biographical drama depicts the controversial real-life court case of a gay college professor. With Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in the lead roles, the film earned superlative reviews for its compelling drama.
It is a survival drama with Rajkummar Rao as the main character who gets trapped in his high-rise apartment without food, water and electricity. The film received much praise from the critics and Rao won the Filmfare award for ‘Critics Award for Best Actor’ for one of his finest performances.
Bareilly ki Barfi (2017)
Set in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, the film is a romantic comedy featuring Ayushmaan Khurana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles. Embracing the character of a small town salesman, Rao received the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Filmfare award for his heartwarming performance.
A dark comedy, the film features Rajkummar Rao in the role of a government employee commissioned for an election duty in a Naxal-controlled town. The film became a critical as well as commercial success, receiving much acclaim for its fine political satire and Rao was praised immensely for his top-notch performance.
A romantic thriller directed by Anurag Basu, the film featured Emraan Hashmi, Shiney Ahuja and debutant Kangana Ranaut in pivotal roles. The movie was a box office success and Kangana received the Filmfare award for ‘Best Debut’ along with much positive reviews for her realistic portrayal of an alcoholic woman.
A drama film set against the backdrop of fashion industry, it was deemed as one of the best women-centric films of Indian cinema. The film became an instant commercial success with Kangana winning the National Award for her effortless performance as a self-destructive superdiva.
A simple comedy-drama woven around an under-confident Delhi girl who decides to travel alone on her pre-booked honeymoon after her fiance, Rajkummar Rao, calls off their wedding. Kangana received the Filmfare as well as the National Award for ‘Best Actress’ for her brilliantly nuanced performance.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
A sequel to the 2011 romantic comedy, this film marks the return of Kangana as the titular character ‘Tanu’ as well as portraying the additional role of a Haryanvi athlete. While the film received positive response from all around, Kangana’s acting in double role was especially praised and she won the National Award for her flawless act.
Based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, this historic drama received phenomenal acclaim for its realistic storytelling. Visually stunning and laced with fine performances, Kangana’s fierce portrayal of one of India’s bravest warriors made it a captivating watch for everyone.
Next up, Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut will be seen in ‘Judgemantall Hai Kya’, a psychological black comedy with a thrilling murder mystery. Produced by the Balaji Motion Pictures, the film also features Jimmy Shergill, Amyra Dastur and veteran actor Satish Kaushik in the role of a confused cop. Watch the trailer: