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Udaan actor Rajat Barmecha: Got respect from all big names but none offered me films

In a heartfelt Facebook post, Udaan actor Rajat Barmecha talks about his struggle in Bollywood, and how there was a point when he even took up projects for money and to be able to survive in a city like Mumbai.

bollywood Updated: Jun 07, 2017 13:38 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Rajat Barmecha made his Bollywood debut with Udaan (2010).(Rajat Barmecha/Instagram)

Rajat Barmecha’s impressive acting debut with Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan (2010) made him an instant sensation in Bollywood and he was a star overnight. But after the film, the actor was not seen much on the silver screen and his absence led to many questions. On June 3, Rajat took to Facebook and explained what had actually happened, thus clarifying to all those who questioned that “he was not taking his work seriously.” Read his post below:

“I love my profession. I love to Act... When I came to Bombay I didn’t know much about cinema. All I knew was Name, Fame and money… Udaan and specially Vikramaditya Motwane taught me everything I know about Cinema… But that doesn’t mean after all the appreciation I got after Udaan I was flooded with offers…,” he wrote.

Vikram Akira and me. 😄😄 #HappyFaces #Cuteness #Udaan #Motwane #Barmecha 😂😂

A post shared by Rajat Barmecha (@barmecharajat) on

Rajat shared that people have been asking him, his family and friends about his why isn’t he seen doing films after Udaan and why is he not taking his profession seriously. Such questions prompted the actor to share his side of the story.

In his Facebook post, Rajat mentioned that trying to find a foothold in the industry was not a cake walk for him and that at one point, he took up projects only to survive in a city like Mumbai. “Did a film called Disco Valley with Viacom films but it never released. Waited more... Did a few short films out of which one won a National Award and the rest went to a lot of Film Festivals abroad. Waited again... But at some point you do need money to survive in a city like Bombay. So I did a couple of projects just for money and they turned out to be real bad. I felt horrible,” he wrote.

The 28-year-old then decided to not take up anything for money. He also added that he never had any godfather in the industry to give him one film after another or guide him in the right direction. “I strictly decided not to be a part of projects I don’t believe in. Because I know I don’t have a Godfather sitting with me and giving me films after films. I have to make my own path without any help at all,” he wrote.

Reacting to Rajat’s post, many extended their support to him. Swati Singh, a fan, wrote. “It takes time .... They might not be knowing that fine actors need to be choicen for fine acting and that role have not came yet. Its grt that you pen down all your thoughts with your pals . Our industry has grt examples of fine actors as Nawazudin , Ranvir hooda, etc (sic)”. Another fan, Gourav Thakur commented, “A person is known by the choices he makes, keep going, if in doubt then look at aamir Khan career after dil chahta hai, best of luck & yes money fame is too overrated, do what makes you happy & satisfied (sic).”

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First Published: Jun 07, 2017 13:34 IST