Strug­gles aren’t over for Ra­jkum­mar Rao in Bol­ly­wood

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Yashika Mathur

Ac­tor Ra­jkum­mar Rao (above) may have earned him­self a Na­tional Award as the best ac­tor for the bi­o­graph­i­cal drama Shahid (2013), but he took his own time and strug­gled hard to make a mark in the film in­dus­try. The ac­tor says get­ting scripts is no longer a prob­lem, but there’s some­thing else that’s a big­ger chal­lenge for him to­day.

“That strug­gle to get films has re­duced. I get to choose from a lot more scripts of­fered than be­fore. But now my strug­gle is to be­gin the shoot of my part in the films. I keep think­ing, if I’ll be able to crack the char­ac­ter or not,” says Ra­jkum­mar, who was re­cently seen in Vikra­ma­ditya Mot­wane’s Trapped.

Ra­jkum­mar has been part of crit­i­cally ac­claimed films such as Kai Po Che (2012), City Lights (2014) and Ali­garh (2016), and he’s open to do more con­tent-driven films, pro­vided it makes sense.

“I don’t mind do­ing com­mer­cial pot­boil­ers but they should make some sense to me and not made for the heck of it. I’ve been of­fered some so-called come­dies and larger than life films, but the scripts did not ex­cite me,” he says.

The ac­tor has five films slated to re­lease this year. “They are good sto­ries and I didn’t want to miss them. It for­tu­nately turned out well for me and I was just fin­ish­ing one film, took a break for a cou­ple of weeks, and then started again. It’s just a co­in­ci­dence that they are all re­leas­ing in the same year, and that’s not some­thing I had planned,” adds Ra­jkum­mar.

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