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Still a long way to go: Rajkummar Rao

RajkumarHe wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth but managed to secure a National Film Award within five years of joining the film industry. The talented and versatile actor Rajkummar Rao thanks god for this and says there’s still “a long way to go”.

“I think god has been really kind to me. I’ve been lucky to be a part of some really wonderful films and to get to work with some really talented filmmakers. I think it’s a good start and there’s still a long way to go,” Rajkummar said.

Having forayed into Bollywood with ‘LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’ in 2010, Rajkummar went on to do films like ‘Shaitan’, ‘Kai Po Che’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Citylights’. His emotive and intense performance in Hansal Mehta’s ‘Shahid’ won Rajkumar the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2014.

His forthcoming film ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’, with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan, is slated to hit theatres on Friday.

Talking about his character Hari, Rajkummar said he considers the part to be rather grey than outrightly negative.

“Hari is representing a lot of Indian men, how a lot of Indian men think that women are their property. Once they’re married, the woman has to do what they ask them to do.

“As an actor, I don’t consider it a negative role… But the viewers will decide whether it’s a negative character or not. I think the character is somewhere in the grey region,” he said.

At first, the 30-year-old actor was apprehensive to play the part, but the film’s producer, Mahesh Bhatt, convinced him to go ahead.

“I was a little scared when I heard the script. I told Bhatt sahab that this part is quite mature and I don’t know if I have that kind of understanding right now. But he was quite sure about it. He was very confident that only I could play this part,” said Rajkummar.

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