Even though he started his career more than a decade back with Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (2001), actor Randeep Hooda gained recognition in Bollywood with films such as Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Jannat 2 and Jism 2.
Up next for the 36-year-old is Murder 3. Talking about the film, he says, "It is an interesting watch about contemporary relationships." Ask him if the film has elements of erotica, as has become the norm in the Murder franchise, and Randeep says, "The film is not just about erotica. I agree the actresses will be seen in skimpy clothes, but there is more to the film."
Randeep, who has racy love making scenes with co-stars Aditi Rao Hydari and Pakistani actor Sara Loren, says that he fails to understand the hullabaloo created about such scenes. "I think you need to approach a lovemaking scene like any other scene. I don't know why so much hype is created over such scenes. No one can force anyone to do anything that one doesn't want to do. There is no big deal about it," he says.
Many eyebrows were raised when Randeep replaced the Bhatts' blue eyed boy Emraan Hashmi in Murder 3. As for his take on any comparisons with Emraan, Randeep says, "To be honest, when I was narrated the script, I didn't know it was called Murder 3. For me, it could even be called Balti 3. I did it for the script. I don't feel any pressure of comparison with Emraan. We both belong to different schools of acting and have our space in the industry. So, it is not fair to compare me with him".
Randeep Hooda has proved his mettle in films like D, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai.