Throwback Thursday: When Rajkummar Rao made a fleeting appearance in a Sona Mohapatra music video in 2007!


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The kind of success story Rajkummar Rao scripted for himself in the Hindi film industry is the kind which inspires those who wish to get into the industry and make a name for themselves as actors but do not have powerful connections to boast of. The actor went through his share of struggle and slogged for years before he was considered to be somebody who was just not a good actor but a saleable name as well.

Rajkummar’s first role was in the Ram Gopal Varma directed film ‘Rann’ (2010) in which he had a blink-and-miss appearance. The same year, he rose to prominence with ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ which was also his first outing as a leading man, though in an ensemble film. A lesser known fact about the actor is that much before he ventured into films, the actor was a part of a popular music video in 2007. Despite the song and the video being quite popular, not many noticed him in it as he made a fleeting appearance in it.

The music video in question is ‘Aaja Ve’ from Sona Mohapatra’s debut album ‘Sona’. The album, which had songs composed by Ram Sampath and written by Munna Dhiman, was released in 2007 and was received very well by the listeners. ‘Aaja Ve’ was one of the more popular songs from the album and it had a well-shot video directed by Deepti Gupta. The video has a village-like setting to it and boasts of a fairly unique concept.

In the video, Rajkummar plays a school teacher. It is not a leading part and he is one of the several characters in the village whom we get to see. You can spot Rajkummar first at the 1:05 mark in the video and then, get a closer glimpse at him at the 1:10 mark. After that, he is seen sporadically in the video and mostly, as a part of the village crowd.

Rajkummar graduated from Film and Television Institute of India in the year 2008, so the video must have been shot during the time he was halfway through his three-year long acting course. It has been thirteen years since the music video came out and it is interesting to see how far the actor has come since then!


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