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Rajkummar Rao reveals why he is a greedy actor
Rajkummar Rao, who gave us some interesting films like ‘Omerta’, ‘Trapped’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, ‘Newton’ and ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ will soon be seen in ‘Stree’ and ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’. Even after giving us such must watch movies, the actor says he is a greedy star.
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During an interaction with PTI, Rajkummar said that it’s difficult for him to refuse a good script. He added, “Whenever I think I’m going to do two films a year, I get another wonderful story, like Stree, and I’m like wow! Everybody is replaceable, nobody is irreplaceable here. If I’m going to say no to it because I want to do two films a year and sit at home, someone else will.”
#Repost @officialhumansofbombay . . . “Growing up, I was fascinated with Shah Rukh Sir–I used to stare at his posters & think that if an outsider could make it as big as him, then maybe there was hope for me. It wasn’t rosy though–I didn’t get work after I came to Mumbai. I only got small jobs–I’d be like the 10th person standing in a random newspaper ad! I made 8-10k a month–but there were days when I didn’t have money & I’d call my friends saying, ‘Can I come over to eat?’ Giving up wasn’t an option. There was never a plan B. I was constantly on the hunt for auditions–I met with countless ADs & casting directors. They would call me in for small roles & I’d try to convince them to let me audition for the bigger parts–I was turned down. But I wasn’t demotivated. I persistently followed up with Atul Mongia till he finally called me to audition for Love Sex aur Dhokha. A week went by & I hadn’t heard back–that’s when I questioned, ‘Will they call?’ Then it happened…everything I worked for culminated in that one moment. I was at home when I got the most important call of my life. The words were, ‘Ho gaya, you got the film!’ I fell to my knees, cried & called my mom. The movie released & that’s when the doors opened. But I’ll tell you a stand out moment–it was sometime after Queen. I was shooting in Mehboob & heard that Shah Rukh Sir was there too. So I thought this was my chance–maybe I could meet him. I sent a message across–I didn’t think he’d know me, but he called me to his trailer. He knew my entire bio! He made me feel so special–I was already a fan, but that day I was probably his biggest. I was nervous and in awe throughout. I once spoke to his posters & now there he was, in front of me. How can I even explain what that felt like? What’s ironic is, that the people who in the beginning weren’t interested in me for a lead role–today offer me films. I’m the same actor, the same person, but now I’m offered the roles. I’ve believed in my craft, even when things weren’t going well. I just knew–I put it out in the Universe & attracted it. Remember, no matter what anyone says, no one will believe in you, the way YOU do–so hustle & let the Universe do the rest.”
Rajkummar Rao stated, “I am a greedy actor, I want all the scripts to come to me. So I do all the good films which come my way, even if it means I’ll rest a little less. Every time I think I’m going to take it slow, a good script comes along.”
“I’ve said no to some important people and they were kind and sweet to understand where I was coming from. Somehow I couldn’t see myself in those scripts. It’s important to say ‘no’ and say it rightly. My Mantra is to be honest about it. They’ve been here for so long, you can’t try to be smart with them,” he concluded.
Coming back to his professional front, his film ‘Stree’ opposite Shraddha Kapoor is all set to hit theaters on 31st August. According to reports, he has been offered a role in Anurag Basu’s ‘Life In A Metro’ sequel.
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