Be it an edgy kidnapper (Highway), a free painter (Rang Rasiya), the ruffian driver (Sahib, Biwi aur Gangster), top cop (Kick) or now the charming bikini killer (Main aur Charles), actor Randeep Hooda equals versatility. Known to be among the prominent relatable species of actors, Rohtak-born Hooda has earned a name for his ability to metamorphose into his roles with an ethereal ease. In Chandigarh to promote his upcoming film, the actor talks about how he is looking forward to preparing for Sarbjeet’s role, Haryanvi cinema and more.
Both your upcoming films Main aur Charles or Sarabjeet revolve around the lives of prisoners. Was it a conscious choice to do these films?
It’s just a coincidence. ‘Main aur Charles’ revolves around an incident in the life of French serial killer Charles Sobhraj. ‘Sarabjeet’, on the other hand, is a story also of a prisoner but the narrative includes the journey right from his childhood to the time he passed away. So, while ‘Sarabjeet’ can be referred to as a biopic, ‘Main aur Charles’ is not a biopic.
Does playing the lead role in a National-Award winning director’s project come with an added responsibility?
Indeed, it does. But I have never thought about it like that because if I start getting bogged down by the pressure I won’t be able to perform. But I am most excited that I will be working with Omung Kumar. He has been wanting to make this film for quite some time now. I’m excited as well as nervous to do the film. We will start shooting in December.
Being from Rohtak any plans to be a part of Haryanvi film?
What is Haryanavi cinema? I get so perturbed by the gross representation of my state in films. There is more to it than mere khap politics, honour killings. It’s actually irritating that no one wishes to show the other side. What about the sportsmen that Haryana has produced? I am thankful to Aamir Khan that he is coming up with a film of the Phogat sisters in Dangal and Salman Khan for Sultan based on a wrestler’s story.