The surprise hit, Kai Po Che!, was made on a budget of Rs 30 crore and earned Rs 72 crore in return, while it took only a meagre Rs 12.5 crore for Queen, which in return fetched a whopping Rs 108 crore. Similarly, City Lights was made on a budget of Rs 5 crore and earned Rs 35 crore in return, while Shahid was made on a budget of Rs 9.2 crore, while it earned an impressive Rs 58 crore.
His recent successes Bareilly Ki Barfi and Newton are still running in theatres.
While he is part of the ensemble cast of a lot of these movies, there are a couple like Trapped, City Lights, Shahid and now, Newton, that relied solely on his shoulders and saw encouraging results.
In his career spanning six years and an odd 21 movies, Rao has already received a National Award and is already part of a movie India is sending as its official submission for the Academy Awards. Not only have critics and audiences continuously appreciated his work, he has also effectively managed to pull in his loyal fanbase to the theatres.
After the initial reactions for Newton poured in, trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to point out the obvious problem with Bollywood movies that have been failing to pull in crowds recently. As Newton saw packed halls during the weekend, Taran Adarsh pointed out that the viewer is only staying away from substandard content - something Rajkummar Rao seems to have found the answer to.
The viewer is staying away from substandard stuff. Why will they dig into their pocket, spend their money on films that doesn't excite them?- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 24, 2017
True to what critics have been pointing out all along - good content sells. Although there will always be a Khan or a Kapoor to deliver the big-budget commercial movies, we could always do with a Rajkummar Rao or a Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who are gradually being appreciated for their foolproof and unusual content.