It’s no surprise that many Bollywood directors play favorites with their cast. In fact, director-actor jodis have become more famous than actor-actress pairings now. The jodis of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar have produced some blockbuster hits. And who can forget the iconic David Dhawan and Govinda combo that has never failed to make us laugh?
Even Rajkummar Rao – Bollywood’s golden boy – has worked with a director who has brought out the best in him. In fact, he has delivered some of his best performances in collaboration with this director. Hansal Mehta, who has worked with Rao for four movies and a web-series, has produced some fine movies over the years, the best of which starred the aforementioned actor.
Let’s rate Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao’s collaborations from the great to the greatest – because they always create magic together!
This 2014 film is Mehta and Rao’s first collaboration. A remake of the BAFTA-nominated British film Metro Manila, this one revolves around a Rajasthani farmer and his family who move to Mumbai in search of livelihood. The pitiful drama then turns into a thriller, as Rajkummar’s character goes to any lengths to protect his family.
A biographical drama starring Manoj Bajpayee as the co-lead, this 2016 film got critical acclaim worldwide along with a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. It is based on the true story of a professor from Aligarh University who was suspended on account of his sexual orientation, and a journalist (Rao) covering his story.
3. Bose: Dead/Alive
Hansal Mehta is the co-producer of this ALTBalaji web series, starring Rajkummar as Subhas Chandra Bose. The nine-episode series premiered in 2017 and covered the significant events of the leader’s life. Just like in his movies, Rajkummar underwent a major transformation to get into character by shaving his head and using prosthetics for this face.
Another biographical film, this one was based on the life of a lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi. Not only did this movie earn worldwide critical acclaim and box-office success, but the duo also won the National Film Award for Best Actor and Best Director. A character from this film is the crux of Mehta’s latest film with Rao.
The last and best film by the duo so far, Omerta will be available to stream on Zee5 this Saturday. The biographical thriller is based on the life of terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh and also includes the kidnapping and subsequent beheading of American journalist, Daniel Pearl. The movie received rave reviews at international film festivals, and you can read ours right here!