If we peek into Bollywood, there are a lot of Actor-Director duos who are known for their finest collaborations be it Shah Rukh Khan – Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani – Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn – Rohit Shetty and many such. Whenever they team up, they are bound to break box office records as well as entertain the audience all across.
Out of all these duos, I feel Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta are the understated ones. The duo has delivered some of the finest stories in Bollywood. So here’s taking a look at their collaborations, The Bollywood Trilogy ft. Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta.
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The first time Rao and Mehta teamed up was for the 2013 film Shahid. Inspired from the true story of lawyer Shahid Azmi, the film traces his journey from being a militant to serving as a lawyer for the needy and poor. Though the film failed at the box office but was appreciated by the movie goers and thus Shahid ended up winning two National Awards, one for best actor and the other one for best direction.
Though Citylights was their next film together post Shahid, but as we are talking about real stories, Aligarh is the next on our list. The film featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao is still considered to be one of the exceptional films based on the LGBTQ community. Based on the true story of Prof. Siras, the film captures the orthodox mindset of the higher officials at a renowned educational institution, Aligarh University. With best performances and well executed direction, the film was appreciated by masses as well as the critics.
The 2018 film Omerta was their last collaboration as of now. The film proved that their duo is among the finest ones in Bollywood. A gripping tale based on the life of Ahmad Omar Saeed, a British terrorist of Pakistani descent. Rao stepped in to the shoes of an antagonist to match up the true story and the viewers were thrilled by his performance as well as Mehta’s direction which added life to the story. Though the film received mixed reviews from the audience, it was considered to be one of the finest performances by Rajkummar Rao. The film will be streaming this month on Zee5.
So that was the Bollywood Trilogy everyone must watch.
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