‘I love watch­ing Priyanka and Ir­rfan in all their Hol­ly­wood films’

HT City - - Front Page - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­van@htlive.com

To say that ac­tor Rajkummar Rao has had a fan­tas­tic year would be an un­der­state­ment. His last re­lease New­ton was cho­sen as In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try to the Os­cars, and be­fore that, his film Bareilly Ki Barfi was very well re­ceived. His new film, Shaadi Mein Za­roor Aana, a love story set in a small town, sees him again in the space that he has claimed as his own.

Rajkummar, who frac­tured his foot re­cently, says, “I think it was God’s way of mak­ing me slow down

(laughs). But I’m still work­ing. I will be pro­mot­ing my films and my web se­ries. I have to fin­ish some dub­bing work as well.” Shaadi Mein Za­roor Aana sees him paired with Kriti Khar­banda. After his two di­a­met­ri­cally dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters in Bareilly Ki Barfi, the chance to do some­thing sim­i­lar is what ex­cited him about this project.

The film deals with the life of an av­er­age In­dian — and a big part of that is ar­ranged mar­riage. The ac­tor says, “The ro­mance is very beau­ti­ful and real. That’s how small­town ro­mances are.”

Mean­while, he’s also look­ing for­ward to lob­by­ing for New­ton in the US, to push the film to­wards the fi­nal five at the Os­cars. “We’ve hired a great pub­li­cist,” says Rajkummar. “It’s a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity and honour for the team.”

The ac­tor adds that he’s proud of the work In­dian ac­tors are do­ing in Hol­ly­wood. “I love watch­ing Priyanka Cho­pra, Deepika Padukone, and Ir­rfan in their Hol­ly­wood films. I feel very proud when an In­dian ac­tor makes it in the West,” he says.

I feel very proud when an In­dian ac­tor makes it in the West. There’s a much big­ger au­di­ence RAJKUMMAR RAO AC­TOR

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