Aspirations, massive or small, are essential, says actor Rajkummar Rao and as somebody who has excelled in enjoying the on a regular basis man in cinema, he’s assured that his newest movie “Chhalaang” will resonate with folks.
The actor, who performs an unmotivated PT instructor lastly rising to the problem in the upcoming film, believes folks like to see characters that they will root for or relate to.
“People like underdog stories. People want to root for underdogs in life as well as in films, especially in films. They relate to these characters and feel that in a way he or she is one of us,” Rao informed PTI in an interview. “At times, there are very small things that you want to achieve and when you do that, you realise there is a bigger goal. But those small aspirations are also important,” he added.
The Haryana-set movie, written by Luv Ranjan and directed by Rao’s frequent collaborator Hansal Mehta, is the actor’s sixth venture with the director. While their earlier movies “Shahid”, “Citylights”, “Aligarh” and “Omerta” have been critical stories, “Chhalaang” is a lighthearted comedy. “It is always fun working with Hansal sir and this time it is a lighthearted film so we were not tired. Otherwise, it gets mentally taxing sometimes. We had so much fun on this one but it was not like we were not honest to the story. That’s what we always do. It is just that it is a different world this time,” he mentioned.
Rao’s filmography additionally boasts of movies set in small cities, together with important and business successes like “Newton”, “Stree” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi”.
Asked concerning the abundance of small-town stories in Hindi cinema at this time, the 35-year-old actor mentioned it was not essentially a foul factor.
“Yes, we are making many small-town films but India is a big country. We are a population of 1.3 billion plus people and there are so many stories in each and every village and town of this country. So we have a lot of stories to tell.
“We have great literature and we will make stories as long as the audiences like them. But yes, in between, the time will change and something else will come along and we will start making those stories. But I think small towns are going to be there for some time,” the National Award winner added.
“Chhalaang” isn’t just a reunion for Rao and Mehta nevertheless it additionally gave the actor an opportunity to work with Nushrratt Bharuccha, his co-star in the actor’s debut movie “Love Sex Aur Dhokha” and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, who performed his older brother in “Shahid”. “I don’t know why nobody took us in a film together. I think it was supposed to happen with ‘Chhalaang’,” Rao mentioned about lastly working with Bharuccha.
Unlike “Shahid”, Zeeshan and his characters are pitted in opposition to one another in the sports activities drama however they at all times have a good time collectively, Rao mentioned. “He is a close friend and it is fun to work with friends. He has evolved so much as an actor. He has made his own identity. He has been doing such fantastic work. I am very happy and for his journey”.
After “Chhalaang”, the actor is eagerly awaiting the discharge of “Ludo”, Anurag Basu’s a lot anticipated ensemble drama. “I am huge fan of dada (Basu). He is an amazing guy,” Rao mentioned.
The actor can be set to star in “Badhaai Do”, the following movie in the “Badhaai Ho!” franchise, and mentioned the shoot for the venture will start early subsequent 12 months.
“It is not a sequel. It is a great franchise. We are taking it forward with a different story and characters,” he added.
“Badhaai Ho!”, directed by Amit Sharma, is 2018 a comedy drama a few center age couple, performed by Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao, going through sudden being pregnant. The movie additionally starred Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra and Surekha Sikri. Meanwhile, “Chhalaang” is releasing on November 13 on Amazon Prime Video. It additionally stars Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun and Jatin Sharma in pivotal roles. PTI BK RDS RDS