‘Want to get  better with each performance’

Citylights’ fame actor Rajkummar Rao says that he enjoys being compared to Bollywood’s “brilliant” names like Dilip Kumar, Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, but he only aims to compete with himself in the industry.

In a recent interview when the actor was asked if he sees fellow actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as his competitor, Rajkummar replied, “I have immense respect for Nawaz. I think he is a brilliant actor. People compare me to different actors, like Nawaz, Irrfan and even Dilip Kumar. That’s very flattering. I enjoy all the comparisons. But I don’t want to compete with anyone except myself.”

The actor quickly added, “To me, the best compliment is when people tell me I’ve given a better performance in ‘Citylights’ than in ‘Shahid’. I just want to get better with each performance.”

Talking about his role models, the ‘Kai Po Che’ actor confessed that he is inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis. “If you’re asking me about the one actor that I’m really inspired by, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis. In India, I like Irrfan, Manoj Bajpayee, Aamir Khan, Dilip Kumar and Balraj Sahni,” Rajkummar said.

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