I cannot work under pressure: Rajkummar Rao
Fresh off the success of Bareily Ki Barfi, Rajkummar Rao says good performances by actors make the characters and the film reach the hearts of the audiences
All thanks to word-of-mouth publicity, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Bareily Ki Barfi (BKB) is making steady business at the box-office. The Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon-starrer has earned more than Rs 13 crore at the box-office till now. But one actor that the audience can’t stop raving about is Rajkummar Rao, who plays the role of Pritam Vidrohi in the film.
Congratulate him on the critical and mass appreciation and Rajkummar says, “Thanks. It’s such a great feeling to get all this appreciation. It wasn’t an easy part to play and a lot of hard work has gone into it.
Having said that, good actors have always supported each other’s performances in a film and the same has happened in BKB. We all supported each other throughout.” He adds, “Filmmaking is teamwork. It is the actors’ performances that make the characters and the film works its way into the hearts of the people. I am very happy that Pritam Vidrohi is resonating with people but it wouldn’t have been possible without my wonderful team – Kriti, Ayushmann, Ashwiny, Nitesh sir, Juno Chopra, Junglee pictures and the whole crew.”
In an interview, Ayushmann had mentioned that he recommended Rajkummar to the makers for the role of Vidrohi. But Rajkummar claims to be unaware about it. “If this is true, it’s very kind of him. I thank him for doing it because all the love and appreciation I’m getting for BKB is overwhelming. I had a great time working with him and I hope he keeps suggesting my name for more exciting films and I will also do the same. Ayushmann is a dear friend and I love him a lot,” says the actor as we speak to him post the success of the film.
As an actor, Rajkummar is known for doing serious characters and intense films. But his last two releases — Behen Hogi Teri and Bareily Ki Barfi are light-hearted comedies. Is he making a conscious effort to change his image on screen? “I just go with the flow and don’t plan my career. If I find a script exciting, I sign it. The film should match my sensibilities. I am not exploring my image with Bareily Ki Barfi,” says the actor who is known for films like Trapped, Shahid, City Lights and others.
He admits that doing a light-hearted film is less taxing than intense movies. “No matter what kind of film you are doing, the process is not easy. To play any kind of character, a lot of research and home work is involved,” says the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) pass-out.
Rajkummar will next be playing the role of Subhash Chandra Bose in ALT Balaji’s new show Bose Dead/Alive. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta is the creative director of the web series. “We have made the show with lot of passion and sincerity. I hope the series resonates with the audience.
The show will push the envelope of Indian web series. I think we are lucky to have a producer like Ekta Kapoor,” he says, adding that he hopes that the show will work.
And did he feel any kind of pressure while playing a controversial personality like Bose, to which the actor replies, “More than pressure, there was a sense of responsibility because he is a known personality. I have watched a lot of documentaries to get into the character. To be honest, I cannot work under pressure.”
The trailer of Rajkummar’s next Bollywood film Newton is already out and the film has also made way to different film festivals. It is about a government-appointed clerk who goes to a Naxal-affected area in Chhattisgarh to conduct elections. “It’s a satire, a black comedy which is beautifully written,” says the actor before signing off.