Rajkummar Rao: Things you didn't know about the actor

In an exclusive interview with THE MAN, Rajkummar Rao reveals how he gets into the skin of a character

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He's among the most talked-about, and in-demand, actors in India today. With his power packed performances and hits on the marquee, he could be forgiven were he to behave like a 'diva'. He doesn't, and that's what endears him to everybody. Turns out, he's actually your proverbial guy-next-door... the man you can chill-out with

You favourite romantic movie?

Blue Valentine, Notebook, DDLJ

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If you were not an actor

I would still be trying to become one

What's your cheat meal

Sweets, Bengali sweets, Sandesh, kheer...Papri chaat, Dahi poori

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The best advice you ever got

I was told to follow my heart

What attracted you to Patralekha?

I saw her in an ad film. I din't know her at all, but liked the girl in the ad. Then we met and I found we could connect 

One film you regret doing

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Won't name it 

A film you wanted to be a part of

I'd like someone to remake Swades with me

Your dream role 

My only dream was to be an actor. I'm living that dream everyday

A historical character you'd like to play

Bhagat Singh 

Beaches or mountains

Mountains

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Holiday destinations

London, LA, Austria, Ladakh, Goa, Kerala

Your advice to a beginner

Work on your craft. It''s a very disciplined field, a very difficult job. Don't invest all your time at the gym etc. Join a theatre group, hone your craft 

One thing you always shop for 

Shoes

Current set of wheels

Audi Q7, Mercedes

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Your first bike

Bajaj Pulsar

Favourite bike 

I just bought a Fat Boy / Harley Davidson  

Your most expensive indulgence

I've just bought a house

What would you like to be known as (romantic /thinking/ angry/action hero..)

An actor

One millennial trend you don't like

Tracking how many 'likes' one gets on insta / fb. I wonder why we are so worried and why we want people's validation. Why compare how many 'likes' other people get. Just take it easy. Some years ago there was nothing like this and we survived. 

Favourite restaurant 

Dum Pukht at ITC Maratha in Mumbai. Masala Library

Your favourite action movie 

The Bourne series

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STYLING: Pranay Jaitly, Shounak Amonkar (Who Wore What When)

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