Rajkummar Rao on chasing diverse roles & taking risks: As an actor, I focus on my art

In a recent interview, Rajkummar Rao has spoken about playing diverse roles, talented new actors, demolition of the star system in 2020 and more.
Rajkummar Rao on chasing diverse roles & taking risks: As an actor, I focus on my art
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Rajkummar Rao is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Roohi. The horror-comedy is directed by Hardik Mehta and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrigdeep Singh Lamba. Rajkummar has earlier worked with Dinesh Vijan for the 2018 hit film Stree. However, apart from Rajkummar, the upcoming film Roohi also stars Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma in lead roles. Recently, in an interview with the Mid-Day, Rajkummar Rao has spoken about playing diverse roles, talented new actors, demolition of the star system in 2020 and more.

Talking about fitting in Dinesh Vijan’s horror comedy universe, he said he was Vicky in Stree, and in Roohi, he will play a character called Bhanwra. “Dinoo’s bigger plan is to have a film or two with both characters. So, it sounds like a double role is in the offing,” he added. Rajkummar, who was last seen as Alu in Ludo and Ashok in The White Tiger, has also talked about playing diverse roles and taking risks. He said that Stree was a path-breaking film. So when Roohi came along, he knew he had to do it. He also stated that they didn’t expect Stree to fare as well as it did. 

Rajkummar also explained that as an actor, he never consciously takes the pressure of delivering commercial films because he always focuses on his art. The Kai Po Che actor also said that films are not about formulas and thus, he doesn’t look for films where he is the lead. “I read a script and think, ‘Do I want this in my filmography?’ Ludo was an ensemble film. I am secure and never feel the need to replicate others’ trajectory,” he added.

When asked about the new talented actors like Pratik Gandhi and Jaideep Ahlawat, who have stolen the spotlight after their digital debut, Rajkummar said that since the time he saw Scam or Pataal Lok, he wishes that he gets to work with these great actors as good actors inspire him. “I did Bose in 2017 and know the investment required for a series. I shaved my head, gained 15 kilos and shot for 7 months. Playing Netaji was an honour for me. The audience now respects unique stories,” added the Ludo actor.

Talking about the demolition of the star system in 2020, Rajkummar said, “Superstar systems will stay - Hrithik, SRK, Salman, Akshay… the frenzy they have enjoyed is a reflection of a bygone era.” He further said that content is becoming the star as the audience now respects unique stories and as an industry, they are collectively working towards it. He also said that the kind of cinema they are making now is rich and people are also investing in creating better screenplays.

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