After three years of his entry in Bollywood, Rajkummar Rao bagged a National Award for Best Actor for his film — Shahid. But ask him if he takes any pride in his achievements, and he’s quick to say, “I’m not proud of my status as an actor because acting is something that I always wanted to do. It’s not that I thought of acting as an impossible task ever. I wanted to become an actor, I worked hard and I’m living my dream now, so I don’t take any pride in my achievements.”
The actor laughs off questions on whether stardom has changed his life. “I don’t think I have changed but I have definitely grown as an actor. The understanding of my character is improved and it’s just that I have a little more money now,” says Rao, who started his career with Love Sex Aur Dhoka (2010).
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With films like Kai Po Che! and Queen, the actor also has a good number of hits in his kitty. Talking about what goes on in his mind when a script is offered to him, Rao says, “I don’t have many parameters. If a script moves me at any point, I just take it up. I don’t connect too many dots.”
But he knows the after effects of portraying a character on screen. “I feel responsible as an actor because this is cinema and I know that a lot of people take this very seriously. I should not do anything that would harm one’s feelings or create a wrong impression. That is the only concern in my head while giving any commitment,” says Rao, who will be seen as a journalist in Hansal Mehta’s next film Aligarh.
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