Because of nepotism, I am forced to see non-talented actors: Rajkummar Rao

Trapped actor Rajkummar Rao believes nepotism exists in most fields, but he has a problem when he is forced to see non-talented actors on screen.
Rao in a still from his new film Trapped.
Rao in a still from his new film Trapped.
Updated on Mar 18, 2017 05:13 PM IST
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Press Trust of India | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

Rajkummar Rao feels nepotism is not unique to just Bollywood and is prevalent in all fields but says his only problem is when he sees non-talented actors getting a chance in films.

The actor was a rank newcomer when he got his big break in 2010 film Love Sex Aur Dhokha. Rajkummar has proved his mettle by giving stellar performances in films like Kai Po Che!, Shahid, Queen, CityLights, Aligarh.

When asked about his views on a recent statement about Bollywood nepotism by his Queen co-star Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar says, “Favouritism is there of course, it is present everywhere, so it is fine. But my only concern is when because of favouritism I have to see non-talented people in films. That is a problem for me.

“I want to see talent on screen. I don’t care where they come from or which family they belong to. There are actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, they are such talented people working in the film industry,” he told PTI.

Rajkummar’s latest film Trapped, a survival thriller directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, has opened to warm response and his performance is being applauded.

Actor Rajkummar Rao during trailer launch of film Trapped. (IANS)
Actor Rajkummar Rao during trailer launch of film Trapped. (IANS)

The actor says the shooting process, during which he hardly drank or ate, was “torturous” but is happy to see that the end result was worth all the pain.

“When you don’t eat and drink, your body goes into a certain shock. The change is not enjoyable. The whole process was very torturous for me but as an actor I wanted to do that.

“I wanted to feel Shaurya’s pain. It was needed for this part. There was no other way to approach this character. I had to go through this hell.”

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