Rajkummar Rao (born Raj Kumar Yadav) is an Indian actor known for his work in Hindi films. He has appeared in more than 30 films since 2010. Rao is the recipient of several accolades including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards and an Asia Pacific Screen Award. After graduation from the University of Delhi, Rao learnt acting at the Film and Television Institute of India and then moved to Mumbai to pursue his film career. He made his acting debut with the anthology Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) but earned commercial success with supporting roles in Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (both 2012). Critically acclaimed performances in Kai Po Che! And Shahid (both 2013) proved to be a breakthrough for him; the latter won him the National Film Award. Subsequently, Rao garnered further praise for films including the romantic comedies Queen (2014), Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), the biopic Aligarh (2016), the anthology Ludo (2020) and the sports drama Chhalaang (2020), the thriller Trapped (2016), the black comedy Newton (2017) and his first English film The White Tiger (2021). The horror comedy Stree (2018) ranks as his highest-earning film till date.
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