Rajkummar Rao is one actor who has always done justice to whatever role he has played. From ‘Kai Po Che!’ to ‘Aligarh’, the actor has always succeeded in leaving an impression in our hearts.
Yet in spite of his immense acting potential, we have never seen any major production house signing Rajkummar Rao in the lead role. Isn’t it disheartening? In spite of all the blood and sweat he has put in his performances, those production houses have hardly considered him fit for playing the lead.
Talking about the problems he has faced in his journey to becoming an actor and giving some genuine advice to the newcomers in Bollywood, Rajkummar shared a lot of things in his latest interview with a TOI.
Sharing his mantra of becoming a National Award winning actor, Rao said:
If there’s a crying scene, you can’t think, ‘Let me cry better than the others’. You can’t compete with your co-star because he is in the same frame with you. Acting is reacting to someone in a scene. Insecure and selfish co-stars, who only think about their camera angle and their lines, put me off. I really can’t work like that. I wouldn’t be honest with my work then.
While talking about nepotism in Bollywood, Rajkummar shared an incident where he had to face the same:
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It does exist for sure. I’ve been affected by it. There was a film that I was supposed to do with a big director for a renowned production house, but someone (star kid) influenced the director and wished to do it instead. And he got the part. Luckily, that film never got made. It’s my good karma.
Also, just like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkummar Rao has also been considered as not fit for the lead role. Talking about mentality of the people who think that Rajkummar Rao will suit more as Actor ka dost, Rao said:
I once heard a story from a certain director and I told him I’d like to audition for it. Sadly, I was told, ‘You can’t audition for the main guy (hero) but you can for his friend’s role.’ I argued, ‘Why not? I can do justice to the lead role.’ They didn’t say why I couldn’t do it but I got the hint. It has happened to me a couple of times.
He also gave an advice on choosing the right film. Sharing his way of deciding whether he wants to work in the film or not, Rao said:
I choose a film by looking at the story as a whole. For instance, I knew right from the beginning that ‘Queen’ is a special and different story. No matter what your role is, it’s always great to be part of a good film than do a lead part in a bad film. Also, so many people know me today because of that film. I knew that Vijay (his character) was not the lead actor and that people won’t like him, but without Vijay, there won’t be a ‘Queen’. He’s an integral part of the story.
Winding up the interview with some inspiring words for the upcoming actors, he said:
Please work on your craft before hitting the gym and going to a beauty salon. Selfies and social media hoopla are fine, but work on your acting. Fortunately, the casting process has improved a lot. There are opportunities for everyone. Yes, nepotism exists but there is a ray of hope. I am just an ordinary guy from Gurgaon, who dreamt of becoming an actor. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Rajkummar Rao should be an inspiration for those who want to make a name in Bollywood. He is one of those actors who started from the scratch and has now reached the heights all on his own.