Rajkummar Rao’s Birthday Wish Fulfilled!

Rajkummar Rao’s Birthday Wish Fulfilled!

Rajkummar Rao is basking in the success of his recent release ‘Stree’
Rajkummar Rao’s Birthday Wish Fulfilled!
Rajkummar Rao

The very talented and prolific Rajkummar Rao, basking in the  surprise  success  of his new film Stree, says he couldn’t have  hoped for a  better birthday when he turned  34 on August 31. “It was just my luck that Stree opened on  my birthday and  became an immediate favourite among filmmakers. The  (box-office) numbers are humongous. I feel blessed,” says the affable  Rao.

What  did he  do  for his birthday? “I spent it with  very close friends and of course (girlfriend) Patralekha. The  entire day went into answering messages and calls. I’ve never received so many good wishes on  my birthday.”

I remind Rao  that the number of birthday greetings is a measure of  success. He laughs  modestly. “In that  case  I’d like the  numbers to grow. Stree has surprised everyone and  now I’m all set to shoot Made In China for  Dinesh Vijan who has co-produced Stree .”

Rajkummar describes  Made In China as a crazy comedy. “It’s wacky and out-of-the-box. And loads of fun. I  know I am  choosing roles that are fun to do and fun to watch. The funda is simple. If I don’t enjoy doing a film, I can’t the expect the audience to enjoy watching it.”

Talk veers to girlfriend Patralekha and marriage. “We’ve been together  for 7-8 years. We  don’t talk about  marriage. We don’t see the need. When we do we will get married.” Is  it because  Rajkummar doesn’t believe in the institution?  “Oh no! I  do believe in the institution of marriage. And we will get married when we are ready.”

In an  industry known for its fickle  relationships  Raj can boast of long-lasting friendships, not just with Patrelekha but also someone  like  the filmmaker Hansal Mehta who singles out Rao as “One of  the people in my life I can  count on. Raj is not a friend, he’s family.”

Recently when  Hansal was ill, Rajkummar delayed his shooting for Stree in Madhya Pradesh  by a day  to be with his friend in Mumbai. Raj is delighted to hear this. “Did Hansal Sir say this? Yes, he is a very close friend. I  feel our lives are  defined  by the people whom we trust and love. We are nothing without them. So if you ask me about my  birthday wish, it would be this. Let the people whom I  love be with me as I  move  forward in life.”