I CAN’T WORK UN­DER PRES­SURE: RA­JKUM­MAR

The ac­tor says that be­ing an ac­tor is a sen­si­tive job, and he has to be re­laxed

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­van@htlive.com

Fresh off the suc­cess of his last out­ing Stree, ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao al­ready has his plate full with sev­eral projects. The ac­tor who will next be seen in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Men­tal Hai Kya, Made in China and Imli, says he is hap­pi­est when in front of the cam­era and doesn’t want to get com­pla­cent. “I don’t want to find my com­fort zone. I want to keep push­ing my­self. That’s the whole point and fun of be­ing an ac­tor,” he says.

Stree was a hor­ror com­edy – a genre that hasn’t been at­tempted be­fore. Since hor­ror as a genre hasn’t worked very well in Bol­ly­wood, were there any ap­pre­hen­sions be­fore sign­ing the film, we ask. “Not at all. I have al­ways liked Raj and DK and there is al­ways a lot of quirk in their writ­ing. I am a big fan of Shor in the City (2010) and Go, Goa Gone (2013) be­cause I like what they do with their char­ac­ters. When they came and nar­rated the idea, I jumped at it. I was dy­ing to be a part of it be­cause it was so dif­fer­ent, un­con­ven­tional and not many peo­ple have ex­plored this sub­ject in the coun­try. I re­ally en­joyed play­ing Vicky, so there was never a doubt,” he says.

While Stree can be called his first solo hero com­mer­cial hit, Ra­jkum­mar is prob­a­bly one of the very few ac­tors who man­ages to jug­gle be­ing part of en­sem­ble cast films as well. Case in point be­ing – Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Fan­ney Khan and now Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. “For me, it’s never about the length of the role. Over­all, the script is what mat­ters. If a film works, ev­ery­body ben­e­fits. The film is the most im­por­tant thing and the story has to work and then comes the char­ac­ter. Hav­ing said that, Stree is def­i­nitely my first solo com­mer­cial hit and it’s im­por­tant as it makes you reach­able to a lot of peo­ple. Ca­reer wise, it gives you a boost as you can do big­ger films and work with big­ger film-mak­ers be­cause they also have more con­fi­dence in you. Suc­cess to me means the num­ber of peo­ple who have watched my film,” he says.

In a ca­reer span­ning eight years, the ac­tor has had sev­eral hits and misses but he doesn’t take fail­ures too per­son­ally. “I wouldn’t say it’s my fail­ure. If peo­ple said re­ally wrong things about me or my per­for­mance or ques­tion my sin­cer­ity, then that’s my fail­ure. As long as peo­ple can see the hon­esty in my per­for­mance, I think it works. I any­way don’t think about fail­ure be­cause I gen­uinely love what I do,” he says.

With box-of­fice suc­cess, comes the re­spon­si­bil­ity of de­liv­er­ing a hit. “I can’t work un­der pres­sure,” he im­me­di­ately says. “Be­ing an ac­tor is a very sen­si­tive job and I have to be re­laxed. I can’t have any other thoughts run­ning in my mind. Any­way, over­think­ing is not go­ing to change the fate of a film or af­fect my per­for­mance. I will al­ways try and be sin­cere in what I do, and that is what has worked with me till now. As an artiste, you have to be se­cure. I per­son­ally don’t like in­se­cure peo­ple be­cause it to­tally af­fects your work.”

As long as peo­ple can see the hon­esty in my per­for­mance, I think it works. I any­way don’t think about fail­ure be­cause I gen­uinely love what I do... I will al­ways try and be sin­cere in what I do.

RA­JKUM­MAR RAO AC­TOR

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