Rajkummar Rao has been appreciated and praised by critics and audiences worldwide. His performances in each and every role have been loved by his fans. Last year belonged to Rajkummar and we saw him in different roles, avatars in ‘Newton‘, ‘Behen Hogi Teri‘, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi‘, ‘Trapped‘ and ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana‘.
In fact, his work in ‘Bose’ was quite commendable. He is known for his versatile performances and keeps on setting a higher benchmark for us. But the Newton actor said in a recent interview that at times success could feel like a trap.
“I want to go higher in my career. This is not my best. My best is yet to come. My biggest high is just to be in front of the camera and be on a film set. Success, I feel, is a byproduct of whatever you are doing… Sometimes (success) it can be a trap.”
While one may compare him with superstars of the cinema, Rajkummar says while the success of a movie is beyond his control, he is content to have the audience by his side.
“What I believe is to keep working. How a film performs at the box office is not in my control, what is in my control is my work, how much honesty I can bring on-screen. I am happy people love me.”
“Today, I have more options to choose from. Earlier, I had few things to select from. I am trying to be as selective as I can and I try to do roles that are different and challenging.
“The perception has changed, I can sense that. The kind of films I am doing are moderately budgeted and are with A-listers. I always wanted to work with good people. I am happy it has started at least,” he says.
In the interview, PTI asked him whether he has become selective in his work and whether he would only opt the roles if he was the leading man, he said, “No, not really. If there is an exciting script, even if I have a smaller part, I would love to do it.”
The actor has changed the way we look at the conventional heroes of Bollywood and he believes that the credit should go to the writers and directors who take chances and write unusual stories.
“… I was just a part of their storytelling. As actors, we are a part of the stories, so we react but it’s the writers who come up with such great work. I am glad this change is happening.
“Our audiences have evolved… They want to see actors play characters on-screen with whom they can relate… Who are believable,” he adds.