I CAN’T WORK UNDER PRESSURE: RAJKUMMAR
The actor says that being an actor is a sensitive job, and he has to be relaxed
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