My act­ing skills helped me make it to DU: Rao

Ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao rec­ol­lects his col­lege days in DU and how the city has trans­formed with time

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Delhi boy and ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao (right) says that he misses his grad­u­a­tion days at the Delhi Univer­sity. “It feels great when you come back to the city you were raised in,” says Rao, who is known for his roles in movies such as Queen (2013) and Kai Po Che (2013).

Born and brought up in Prem Na­gar, Gur­gaon and stud­ied in Delhi Univer­sity (DU), Rao rem­i­nisces his days in the city, say­ing, “My act­ing skills helped me make it to DU. I got ad­mis­sion through ECA quota in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma Col­lege. Satya Nike­tan was our han­gout place. But I fo­cussed on my act­ing classes and didn’t chill much with my friends.”

The ac­tor, who was a part of the dra­mat­ics so­ci­ety of his col­lege and prac­tised theatre at Shri Ram Cen­tre, shares, “Trav­el­ling from Delhi Univer­sity to Gur­gaon was a lot of strug­gle back then. I trav­elled in buses and used to ride my bi­cy­cle to DU and Mandi House for my theatre classes.”

On be­ing asked about his strug­gling days, the ac­tor says, “Af­ter grad­u­a­tion from Film and Television In­sti­tute of In­dia, I strug­gled for one and a half year. I won’t say that I slept on roads and all. Like a grad­u­ate gets his job af­ter stud­ies, I also got a break af­ter a few years of strug­gle.”

Rao, who has spent his for­ma­tive years in Gur­gaon, be­lieves that the city has evolved. He adds, “Gur­gaon is now a changed place. The old houses, old build­ings and the play­grounds where we used to play are nowhere to be seen.”

Trav­el­ling from DU to Gur­gaon was a lot of strug­gle back then. I trav­elled in buses and used to ride my bi­cy­cle RA­JKUM­MAR RAO, AC­TOR

PHOTO: RO­HAN SHRESTHA

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