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Rajkummar Rao on his Bollywood journey: ‘Never thought of giving up and doing something else’

Trying again at his decade-long profession, Shahid and Stree star Rajkummar Rao says his journey in Bollywood has been surreal and rewarding however not with out its share of challenges. The actor mentioned his late mom’s religion in him stored him going even on days when he had nothing when he moved to Mumbai from Gurgaon to chase his childhood dream.

Rao began his profession with Dibakar Banerjee’s Love Intercourse Aur Dhokha 10 years in the past and shortly earned popularity of his performances in movies like Kai Po Che!, Aligarh and Newton.

In an interview with PTI, the Nationwide award-winning actor spoke about finishing a profitable decade within the movie trade. “The preliminary two years once I was on the lookout for work, it was extraordinarily robust. There have been days when there was no cash to purchase meals. However my mom gave me that confidence and he or she had this unshakable belief in me. I’d name again residence and they’d ship me cash in order that I may have meals on my desk,” the actor informed PTI.

Rajkummar Rao and Kainaz Motivala in Ragini MMS.

Rao, 36, a Movie and Tv Institute of India (FTII) graduate, mentioned it was solely after Banerjee’s found-footage drama in 2010 that issues began transferring ahead for him. However even when he was struggling, the considered placing his performing ambitions on maintain didn’t cross Rao’s thoughts.

“I by no means considered giving up, of going again and doing one thing else. I by no means got here with a plan-B. That is what I wished to do ever since I used to be a child. Issues began transferring publish ‘LSD’ and since then the journey has been good. After I look again, it feels surreal. I by no means anticipated this to occur, to do all these great movies and roles. I didn’t come to this metropolis chasing fame or cash. I’m in movies as a result of I actually like it,” he added.

It isn’t that when his success streak began, there have been no setbacks. After consecutive hits, from 2017 comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi, Nationwide Award-winning black comedy-drama Newton to the 2018 horror comedy Stree, Rao noticed a failure along with his massive 2019 Diwali launch Made in China.

Rao mentioned regardless of the movie’s failure, he’s pleased with the venture as he appears to be like at failures solely as short-term. “I’m pleased with the movie. There are these movies as nicely which I feel I may’ve prevented, however that’s alright. What I’ve realised is you may’t be low. The bottom line is to rise up and transfer on to the following one.”

Up subsequent, Rao will likely be seen in director Harshvardhan Kulkarni’s Badhaai Do, co-starring Bhumi Pednekar. Backed by Junglee Footage, the movie is a sequel to the 2018 Nationwide Award-winning hit Badhaai Ho!. The actor, who performs a cop within the movie, mentioned the film just isn’t “precisely a sequel.”

Badhaai Do continues the spirit of the primary movie which chronicled the story of a middle-aged couple going through an surprising being pregnant and goals to ship a well timed message in an enticing method.

“It’s a unique world with new characters however our producers are the identical. I’m extraordinarily proud of the way in which it has formed up. Harshwardhan is a director to look out for. Bhumi and I had such a gala time making the movie with him. The viewers will see me in a brand new gentle with this one. What we try to say with the movie is necessary however we’re saying it in an entertaining method. It’s the type of movie you’d giggle whereas watching but in addition take again residence one thing from it,” he added.

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