Struggles aren’t over for Rajkummar Rao in Bollywood
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.