We’re sin­gle and hap­pily in a re­la­tion­ship: Rajkummar

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Pa­tralekha and I are happy work­ing. Our fam­i­lies are also wait­ing pa­tiently; they want us to do good work right now RAJKUMMAR RAO, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Rajkummar Rao has been dat­ing ac­tor Pa­tralekha, who was his co-star in the gritty ur­ban drama City Lights (2014), for five years now. He says that peo­ple of­ten think they’re mar­ried but they’re “sin­gle and hap­pily in a re­la­tion­ship”. Stat­ing that both of them have got used to stuff be­ing writ­ten about them, he adds that ru­mours are a part and par­cel of an ac­tor’s life. “There are so many things that we read about [our­selves]. A lot of peo­ple think that we’re mar­ried. But all I want to say is that we are sin­gle and hap­pily in a re­la­tion­ship. Re­ports keep com­ing up about how we were fight­ing out­side the gym or in­dulging in PDA... but we never re­spond to all that,” says Rajkummar.

The ac­tor adds, “Af­ter a while, you stop re­act­ing to these [ru­mours]. We know the truth. As long as we’re happy, we don’t need to tell any­one any­thing.” Rajkummar says that he and Pa­tralekha are busy with work and are in no hurry to tie the knot.

The ac­tor has had very dif­fer­ent looks in his most re­cent roles — he played a 324-year-old man in Raabta; a grungy young fel­low in Trapped; and will ap­pear as a half-bald Sub­hash Chan­dra Bose in his web se­ries. He likes to try dif­fer­ent things on screen. “You never know what will work. I just lis­ten to my heart,” he says. “Since day one, that has been the rule for me. If I have to come on board for a film, there has to be some­thing for me to play. That has al­ways been the case.”

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