‘You are as good as your films, directors’, says Rajkummar Rao

Having done some path-breaking yet entertaining films like “Kai Po Che!”, “Shahid”, “Queen”, “Aligarh”, “Newton” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, actor Rajkummar Rao, who has carved a niche for himself in just eight years, believes an actor’s output has a lot to do with a film and its director. Rajkummar has often been compared to Bollywood veterans like Dilip Kumar and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Asked how he feels about being compared to them, Rajkummar says, “It’s a huge honour. I feel overwhelmed and there is a lot of gratitude because I am an outsider, there was no one waiting for me here. I think God has been kind and I feel lucky that I got a chance to work with some incredible filmmakers, because you are as good as your films and directors.”

Rajkummar’s filmography has seen him work in movies as different as chalk and cheese. Be it the anthology “Love Sex Our Dhokha”, a horror film “Ragini MMS 2”, a buddy drama film “Kai Po Che!”, a biographical drama “Aligarh”, a movie on survival “Trapped” or be it the commercial entertainers like “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and “Fanney Khan”.

The actor says he makes sure not to repeat himself. “I try and be different with all my characters and even if they are not different, I try to bring in something different with all these characters. For ‘Newton’, I changed my look, I made it (the hair) curly, and I kept doing that blinking thing for ‘Bose’ and now ‘Stree’ is coming and that is different too. That’s the fun part for me as an actor when you can offer something new to your audience. It’s very exciting for me,” he said.

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