Watch: Shah Rukh Bowls Rajkummar Over With ‘Bicky Pleajj’

Rajkummar Rao shared a heartfelt message for his idol Shah Rukh Khan.

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Rajkummar Rao and Shah Rukh Khan enact a scene from <i>Stree</i>.
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Rajkummar Rao is a huge fan of Shah Rukh Khan and time and again he has opened up about how the Badshah of Bollywood has inspired him in his journey. Now, the Stree actor took to social media to share a video wherein Shah Rukh can be seen enacting one of the most famous dialogues from the Amar Kaushik directorial - “Bicky pleajj.”

“Since childhood I’ve been saying his dialogues. What a wonderful feeling when he decides to say my dialogue this time. There’s is no one like you Shah Rukh Khan sir. You’ve inspired me to become an actor. Biggest fan ever,” Rajkummar wrote.

A few days back, Rajkummar spoke at length with Humans of Bombay about his days as a struggling actor, how he would worship Shah Rukh Khan as a child and how his idol treated him when they met for the first time. “Growing up, I was fascinated with Shah Rukh Sir––I used to stare at his posters and often think that if an outsider could make it as big as him, then maybe there was hope for me,” he said. Rajkummar, however, soon realised that the road to success is not paved with roses. When he arrived in Mumbai from Gurgaon, he was not given good work and would do small ads. “I made about Rs 10,000 a month––but still, there were days where I didn’t have money, and I’d call my friends asking to share their meal,” he added.

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“Growing up, I was fascinated with Shah Rukh Sir–I used to stare at his posters & think that if an outsider could make it as big as him, then maybe there was hope for me. It wasn’t rosy though–I didn’t get work after I came to Mumbai. I only got small jobs–I’d be like the 10th person standing in a random newspaper ad! I made 8-10k a month–but there were days when I didn’t have money & I’d call my friends saying, ‘Can I come over to eat?’ Giving up wasn’t an option. There was never a plan B. I was constantly on the hunt for auditions–I met with countless ADs & casting directors. They would call me in for small roles & I’d try to convince them to let me audition for the bigger parts–I was turned down. But I wasn’t demotivated. I persistently followed up with Atul Mongia till he finally called me to audition for Love Sex aur Dhokha. A week went by & I hadn’t heard back–that’s when I questioned, ‘Will they call?’ Then it happened...everything I worked for culminated in that one moment. I was at home when I got the most important call of my life. The words were, ‘Ho gaya, you got the film!’ I fell to my knees, cried & called my mom. The movie released & that’s when the doors opened. But I’ll tell you a stand out moment–it was sometime after Queen. I was shooting in Mehboob & heard that Shah Rukh Sir was there too. So I thought this was my chance–maybe I could meet him. I sent a message across–I didn’t think he’d know me, but he called me to his trailer. He knew my entire bio! He made me feel so special–I was already a fan, but that day I was probably his biggest. I was nervous and in awe throughout. I once spoke to his posters & now there he was, in front of me. How can I even explain what that felt like? What’s ironic is, that the people who in the beginning weren’t interested in me for a lead role–today offer me films. I’m the same actor, the same person, but now I’m offered the roles. I’ve believed in my craft, even when things weren’t going well. I just knew–I put it out in the Universe & attracted it. Remember, no matter what anyone says, no one will believe in you, the way YOU do–so hustle & let the Universe do the rest.”

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After a lot of persuasion and rejections, he landed his first role. Rajkummar finally met Shah Rukh Khan after the success of Queen. “I was shooting in Mehboob. And I heard that Shah Rukh sir was also shooting there. So I thought this was my chance––maybe I could go meet him. I sent a message across to him––I didn’t think he’d know me, but, he called me to his trailer – he knew my entire bio!,” Rajkummar said.

“He made me feel so special. I was already a fan, but that day I was probably his biggest. I was nervous and in awe throughout. I once spoke to his posters...and now there he was, in front of me. How can I even explain what that felt like?,” he added.

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