10 Best Rajkumar Rao Movies You Must See

It is fast becoming a fact: Rajkumar Rao is the finest actor working in the Hindi cinema. Movie after movie, role after role, the young thespian has proven his acting prowess. His finesse and natural easement into his roles are both refreshing and to some extent, makes his emotions authentic. The Indian actor’s short filmography is as diverse as the country itself and it is surprising to note that it is the case. His strong and provocative work in independent ventures like ‘Trapped’ and ‘Newton’ along with appealing and charming turns in mainstream films like ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ are enough evidence to brand him the best of his generation, at least. Here is the list of top 10 movies of Rajkumar Rao. Happy reading!


10. Love, Sex, Aur Dokha (2010)

The three words in the title represent the gist of the three stories which are captured sung a hidden camera. For the English readers, the word “dhokha” means betrayal. An honor killing, an MMS scandal, and an episode of casting couch become the central themes for the three stories, respectively. All of them have common and recurring themes like sensationalism and casteism in India. Intricately woven together and soulfully acted out, ‘Love, Sex, Aur Dhokha’ presents a motley of various important and elective subjects which are highlighted well in the pacy narrative.


9. Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)

Bitti is a rebellious young spinster who has grown tired of her small town and its smaller mentality. She accidentally stumbles upon a book written by Pritam Vidrohi, which is titled “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, and instantly resonates with it. Her innocent affinity gradually grows into fervent obsession as she begins a man-hunt for the writer. She is directed towards the humble abode of Chirag Dubey, the real writer of the book, who feigns his identity as he wishes to preserve the real identity of his ex-girlfriend who broke his heart. He forces his friend to act as Vidrohi and sparks a humorous and emotional tale which lands the two together. The movie has its heart in the right place and provides a good solid couple hours of entertainment and melodramatic moments which might bring a tear or two to your eyes.


8. Kai Po Che (2013)

At the surface, ‘Kai Po Che’ is bound by the friendship of three individuals, each different in temperament and family background, who open a sports shop together, with each playing a different role. Their dreams are upended and tested against the challenge of natural calamities, political unrests, and communal riots. Ishaan, the confident, dreamy, and rebellious college dropout; Omi, the pampered and at times, a naive man with a strong political background; and Govind, the sincere, hardworking common man with humble beginnings. If you delve deeper, though, you’ll excavate a gem of a movie that compels you to engage and leaves you flustered with its complex settings. Conceptualized with the heart of an innocent, unassuming child, and afforded shape with the finesse of a veteran artisan, ‘Kai Po Che’ endears with its boyish charm and effectuates a story that inspires.


7. Talaash (2012)

Surjan and Roshni are a dysfunctional couple whose relationship is still coalescing from the heartbreaking loss of their only child to a motorboat accident. The grey areas of their relationship distance the two and imprints upon Surjan, a police inspector, the hallucination of a deceased girl, Simran, who helps him in solving the murder of a famous actor. The film partially succeeds in enforcing its spiritual and after-world themes. The well-directed film, powered by soulful and nostalgic music, presents a well-rounded and finely crafted commentary on loss and the grieving period after.


6. City Lights (2014)

The trio of Hansal Mehta, Apurva Asrani, and Rajkumar Rao is almost like the Holy trident of the industry. The unifying efforts of these individuals in the capacity of a director, an editor, and an actor, respectively, have fruition into some of the most harrowing works that Bollywood has seen in the past decade. ‘Coty Light’s involves Deepak, an unsuspecting former army man who relocates from Rajasthan to Mumbai in hopes of sustaining his family. To his misfortune, Deepak comes ashore with the darker and deceptive part of the city, which warps him and his family in a fatal vortex that shakes the very foundations of their lives. With the banality of a simpleton and the kind instincts of a benevolent king, Rajkumar Rao triumphs as Deepak and fully embodies his character’s despair and longing to lead an idyllic life with his family.

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