Rao can’t say no to work­ing with Me­hta

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Ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao (left), who has teamed up with Na­tional Award-win­ning film­maker Hansal Me­hta (in­set) for the third time in an up­com­ing film, says he can never turn down an op­por­tu­nity to work with the City­Lights (2014) di­rec­tor. “Even if I were to do a small role in Hansalji’s film, I’d do it hap­pily. I can never say no to him,” says the ac­tor.

Al­though he has worked with Me­hta twice in the past, Rao did not choose to re­unite with Me­hta solely on the ba­sis of their rap­port. “I didn’t want to miss out on work­ing in a beau­ti­ful film. Here’s a story that needs to be told and Hansal-ji can do jus­tice to it. I read the script and fell in love with it, es­pe­cially with my part, which is so dif­fer­ent from the roles I’ve es­sayed in my ca­reer,” he says.

“I play a Malay­ali boy, who has spent a lot of time in Delhi. His lingo is a strange mix, dif­fer­ent from the Hindi we speak in north In­dia. I had to learn Malay­alam, and let me tell you it was ex­tremely chal­leng­ing to mouth lines in Hindi with a south­ern ac­cent,” he adds.

He is thrilled that the au­di­ences will fi­nally get to see the film. “It’s very im­por­tant for us to know how our peo­ple re­ceive the film. Their opin­ion is very im­por­tant. It’s an hon­our that our film is the open­ing film of the fes­ti­val,” he said, and added that the au­di­ences won’t find the film con­tro­ver­sial’. “In­dian au­di­ences have evolved. I think they’re ready to ac­cept such films,” Rao says.

Even if I were to do a small role in Hansal-ji’s film, I’d do it hap­pily. I can never say no to him

Ra­jkum­mar Rao, ac­tor

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