Actor Rajkumar, who won many praises for his role in Kai Po Che, is all set for his next release, Shahid. The movie, which is based on the life of slain human rights activist Shahid Azmi, hits screens today. Ask the actor what made him take up the project and he says, “When I heard the script, I was moved and inspired. That was all that was required for me to do the film. Once I was on board, I spent a lot of time with Shahid’s family, especially his brother Khalid. He was a major source (of information) and helped me prepare for my role...this film has been an emotional journey.”
Rajkumar Yadav in a still from the movie Shahid.
The actor further adds that playing this role has had a huge impact on him personally. While the film has been appreciated at festivals, does he think it will rake in the moolah at the box office? “The movie is for everyone; it’s not a dark film. It has a love story; there is humour and drama. Yes, money does matter. But I know it’s not going to make Rs100 crore. I’m not even expecting that. I just want my film to make money and get respect,” explains Rajkumar.
Often termed as a character actor, is he worried about getting stereotyped to that category and not being offered lead roles? “I’ve been lucky to work with great directors. I don’t want to get typecast to certain roles. I want to do a masala film but one that I find a connect with. I don’t want to restrict myself,” concludes Rajkumar. Shahid also stars Tigmanshu Dhulia, KK Menon and Prabal Panjabi in pivotal roles.