National Award-winner Rajkummar Rao is a perfect blend of commercial and art-house cinema. He plays a rugged, love-struck guy from Haryana in his next film, Dolly Ki Doli. Says he, when asked about his character, “I play the character of Sonu Sarawat from Sonepat, Haryana, in the film. High on energy and a rugged, self-centred man, he is also madly in love with Dolly (Sonam Kapoor).”
Born in Haryana himself, Rajkummar says he was a good choice for the role. “Yes, I am quite familiar with that area, but we speak Hindi at home. Also, after moving to FTII and then Mumbai, I am not very confident if I could hold a conversation in the local dialect. I had to call up cousins and relatives in Haryana to get it right.”
“I signed Dolly Ki Doli right after finishing Ciylights. Arbaaz bhai told me had a script in mind for me, and within some months we started shooting," he added.Selecting the right script, Rao says, is one of his biggest concerns. "See, I only trust my heart. If I like the script, I will do it. But, of course, I will look for roles that have more screen time. I want to do the best part in a film. I will try to make my part the best if it is already not the best."
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This is something he did in Queen where he stood out despite Kangana’s brilliant show. "Queen was meant to be Kangana’s film. I was there just as a catalyst, to help her character evolve."
Dolly Ki Doli is likely to face a tough competition from Akshay Kumar’s Baby which is releasing on the same date, January 23. "Baby and Dolly Ki Doli are both different films, and we will cater to different set of audiences. India has a huge population and we all can have our share."
Irrespective of the film's performance at the ticket windows, Rao's already making waves in the industry and fast becoming a favourite with big ticket filmmakers. "Yes, I am working in Ramesh Sippy’s Shimla Mirchi. I am also doing Mohit Suri’s Humari Adhuri Kahaani."
(Interact with Rohit Vats at Twitter/@nawabjha)