Rajpal Yadav: Not afraid that filmmakers won’t cast me in films; they are not God

Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav, last seen in Varun Dhawan-starrer Judwaa 2 (2017), says that he isn’t afraid of filmmakers not casting him in their films, adds that many filmmakers have come and gone.

bollywood Updated: Feb 06, 2018 18:24 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Rajpal Yadav,Bollywood,Bhool Bhulaiya
Actor Rajpal Yadav is currently shooting for a film in Jalandhar.

Actor Rajpal Yadav prefers to be known as a ‘well-known beginner’ over anything else. Ever since he was seen in Dil Kya Kare in 1999, he has steadily gone on to carve his own place in the industry, with memorable performances in films such as Main, Meri Patni, Aur Woh (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), and Bhagam Bhaag (2006).

Yadav had recently shared how his short height has always been the ‘fight of his life’, but that he was never bothered by it. When asked, however, if this made it difficult for him to convince filmmakers to cast him in their films, he says, “No filmmaker is God. This film industry has been in existence for over 100 years now. Bade se bada filmmaker aaya aur gaya. Actor ke liye koi kuchh nahin karta hai (Many big filmmakers came and went, but nobody does anything for actors). If a filmmaker takes an actor in a film, it is only for his story.”

“There are 200 actors out there. Why don’t the filmmakers cast them [instead]? Why does one have to feel afraid of filmmakers? Agar aap, as an actor, effort nahin karenge, toh koi aap ke liye kuchch nahin karega. Main sirf God ko ek superstar maanta hoon (If you don’t do well as an actor, no one will cast you),” adds Yadav.

“Everyone is born, and has a death date. The days in between are meant to live, which is why I am not afraid of anyone. In 1997, I was an unknown struggler; In 2018, I am a well-known beginner,” he waxes philosophical.

As far as filmmakers are concerned, Yadav, who is currently shooting for an Indo-American project in Jalandhar, says, “Jo filmmaker aaj achcha hai, woh aagey jaake bujh jayega. Jo aaj flop hai, woh aagey achcha ho jayega (A filmmaker who is good today might go on to fail tomorrow, and one that is not so good today, might become successful).”

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First Published: Feb 06, 2018 18:24 IST