Who is Ranjan Raj? Know More About Balmukhund From Kota Factory

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Who is Ranjan Raj: From being an IIT dropout to playing an aspirant in Kota Factory, Ranjan Raj brings a smile to the audiences face with his character’s supportiveness and affable friendship. His empathy with the character makes him stand out.

In the teaser of the Kota Factory, featuring Balmukund Meena, he is shown as an anxious character getting introduced to the concept of self-satisfaction and sexual attraction. In the ending snippets of the minute-long teaser, Balmukund’s friend asks him, “Meena…whom have you been spending time with?” and he replies, “Myself” is bound to bring a smile to one’s face.

Two years ago, he got his big break with Kota Factory, which is a five-episode series created by The Viral Fever (TVF). The show touched upon the lives of teenagers who study in extreme stress while surrounded by competition, preparing for entrance exams to prestigious colleges in coaching centres at Kota. 

Hailing from Arwal in Bihar, Ranjan Raj has performed in many school plays. Later in IIT, he was introduced to theatre. The 27-year-old actor then decided to drop out and pursue drama as his passion in life.

Ranjan’s character got many praises from the audience who kept tagging the one friend in their life that resonated deeply with Balamukund Meena. In an interview with the Telegraph, Ranjan Raj remembers his favourite comment from Season 1, “Season 1 was one of the top shows on IMDb and I don’t think there can be a bigger compliment than that. For my character (Balmukund Meena) to hear things like tere jaisa dost hamesha sabko life mein mileyyeh sunn na hi ek bahut badi baat hain (Not everyone in life gets friends like you…to hear this was a big compliment for me).”

On Meena’s friendship with Vaibhav, he told Tealfeed, he and Vaibhav have been friends for three years now and shared the same room while shooting the show.

Before Kota Factory, Ranjan Raj has been part of other movies and shows like Shuruaat Ka Interval, a 2014 Hindi film where he played the role of a ticket checker; Chhichhore, a 2019 Hindi film where he played the part of Abhimanyu; Rustom, a 2016 Hindi film where he played the role of newspaper salesman; Bala, a 2019 Hindi film where he played the character Sumit; and InMature, a 2019 Hindi TV series where he played the character named Ranjan.

He has also been part of short films and videos like Interval 3D, Raju, Lots of Love, The Monetisation, Padh Le Basanti and How to pass an exam? 

Ranjan was recently seen in a Zee5 show, Helmet, directed by Satram Ramani. His upcoming TV series is College Diaries, directed by Prem Mistry and stars Ritvik Sahore and Srishti Rindani.

The cast for the second season will have familiar names like Jeetendra Kumar, Mayur More, Revathi Pillai, Ahsaas Channa, Alam Khan from the first season.

Check out the trailer of Kota Factory season 2 here:

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