Bollywood has produced many actors over time however few have been as versatile as Rajkummar Rao. He has performed a lawyer in pursuit of reality, a dedicated authorities worker, a delicate cop hiding his true self, and even a salesman who has mastered the artwork of promoting sarees. As superb as he was in movies like Shahid, Newton and Aligarh, followers have cherished him probably the most for his distinctive expertise at comedy. (Additionally learn: Rajkummar Rao jokes he used to do ‘a good job of stealing cable connection’ in his younger days)
As the actor turns 39 on Thursday, we bring you his best comedy scenes from films such as Stree, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Ludo. Which one left you rolling with laughter?
‘Kya whaain whaain?’
Few horror comedies have been able to touch the pure joy that was Amar Kaushik’s Stree. Rajkummar Rao played the local romeo Vicky in the small town of Chanderi, who falls for an unnamed, enigma of a woman, played by Shraddha Kapoor. His true chemistry, however, popped on screen with Stree, a witch-like entity that haunted the people of this town, specially men.
Vicky and his gang of friends decide to trap Stree and for that, they use him as bait. A truly hilarious scene in the climax shows Rajkummar scared out of his wits, being told to look the witch in her eyes. Even with his heart in his mouth, he tries to embrace his inner Shah Rukh Khan and romance the lady of his nightmares.
An essay on peacocks
Another scene from Stree makes it to our list. Here, Vicky recites an essay on mor (peacock) in a rather pathetic attempt to woo his crush, played by Shraddha. The sing-song delivery with a straight face will remind you of how we, too, wrote such essays in primary schools.
What’s on the menu
In Anurag Basu’s anthology-style film Ludo, Rajkummar plays Alok Kumar Gupta, an ex-con who now runs a dhaba with his mates. The film offers the most charming intro scene ever for Rajkummar as he spits fire, pulls off slick dance moves while reciting items on the dhaba menu. Rajkummar is hilarious as he tries to ape (pay tribute to) Mithun Chakraborty with his impeccable style.
‘Paan toh hum khaate nahi’
Bareilly Ki Barfi was supposed to be Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon’s film, but Rajkummar Rao ate everyone up as the innocent saree salesman Pritam. After giving him a training on swag, confidence and all things cool, Ayushmann takes his ‘antim pariksha’. Pritam has to easily order a paan and experience away on his bike. However the scene that follows reveals simply how gifted Rajkummar is at portraying a meek, scared man in a single scene and a fully fearless goon within the subsequent.
Tipu’s failed proposal
A hilarious scene from lately launched Raj & DK collection Weapons & Gulaabs reveals Rajkummar Rao as Tipu, confessing his like to a lady he likes. The scene is easy nevertheless it’s the smaller issues that make you giggle. Nervous Tipu runs as much as ‘Lekha ji’ whereas she is on her Luna and palms her the letter. He rapidly runs away in a probably the most comically silly manner. After all, issues don’t pan out for poor Tipu and he’s left heartbroken.