You see him on your TV screen and you don’t have the heart to change the channel. Be it his creativity or acting skills, Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav is one of the few actors you can’t afford to ignore. The actor, who has played a variety of roles, though best known for his comedy, turns director with his upcoming flick, Ata Pata Laapta. In Chandigarh for the promotion of his directorial debut, which is being produced by him under Shree Naurang Godavari Entertainment, hits theatres on November 2.
From 1987, when he first got on the stage, till today, Yadav has explored numerous genres of acting. “Nukkad, theatre, TV and films,” is how he puts it. Therefore, direction, as he says, was the only thing that could take him to the next level. “As an actor, there are various limitations. Certain aspects could be explored through direction only. When I decided to direct a film, I went through around 200 to 300 scripts. Out of which, 12 subjects were finalised and Aata Pata Laapta emerged as the winner. I dedicate the movie to theatre, the people and a hundred years of cinema.”
Talking about the movie, he says, “It’s an entertaining, musical, satire-based film. You could call it a desi Broadway, which relates to the governance, the bureaucratic system and the unspoken ‘pattern’ of the society. The film exposes the selfish attitude of people in power.”
Featuring actors such as Ashutosh Rana, Asrani, Vijay Raaz, Yashpal Sharma, Govind Namdev and Mukesh Tiwari, the film has a star cast of 170 actors who belong to both theatre and films. “I have done the casting according to the subject. This is also Dara Singh’s last movie,” he shares.
Though busy going from Chandigarh to Amritsar and then Ludhiana, Yadav says he’s not really bothered about the response of the film. “I have made the film with all honesty; hence, I am not thinking about the response. The movie is an effort of my desire to do something hatt ke.”
Is he satisfied? “I don’t have regrets from either life or the industry. I’m happy and satisfied with life. Hum to creativity ke pujari hai and ussi ke vidhyarthi rahenge…”