Rajkumar Rao on the era of the ‘Khans’


Rajkummar Rao may have emerged as a major draw at the box office but the actor does not believe he is anywhere near the superstardom that the three Khans have in Bollywood. There is a great churning in Bollywood with content driven films outperforming and outclassing those headlined by the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.

Rajkummar, who is the considered one of the faces of this new breed of cinema, however, he says it would not be right to compare his stardom with that of the Khans. 2018 was not the year for the Khans, Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero had slumped at the box office. The kind of films Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan have done are amazing with an entirely new and fresh concept but none of their films worked. Rajkumar Rao is himself a fan of Khan’s. He feels there should be no comparison. They are very new and we have a long way to prove themselves.  He thinks the kind of superstardom that these superstars have seen will ever come back again.

The actor believes the mass hysteria and mania around their superstardom is something that all actors yearn for but it just cannot be replicated.  The 34-year-old actor, whose filmography includes films like Newton, Trapped, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Stree, among others, rules himself out of the contention of being the next big Bollywood superstar. The actor had five releases in 2018 but it was Amar Kaushik’s Stree that did wonders for Rajkummar at the box office. He also starred in critically-acclaimed films Omerta and Love Sonia.



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