His screen presence in "Shahid" and "Citylights" had no element of exhibitionism. Talking about it, the "Kai Po Che" actor said: "That's what I strive to do. I don't want to look like I am acting. I want to occupy the truth of a character as much as possible. I don't want to imbue my roles with any artifice."
Whom does he consider his role model?
"If you're asking me about the one actor that I'm really inspired by, it's Daniel Day-Lewis. In India, I like Irrfan, Manoj Bajpayee, Aamir Khan, Dilip Kumar and Balraj Sahni."
Is there a craving to be a star like Dilip Kumar and Aamir?
"I just crave to play good characters, parts that challenge me so that after playing the parts, I get praised. Of course I want my films to earn money. I want my films to earn credibility and fame. Five years down the line, I want people to say, 'If Rajkummar is in this film, it has to be good'," he said.