Bollywood Actor, Rajkumar Rao survived with “Coffee and Carrot” for 20 days to portray his role in “Trapped”.
Bollywood Actor Rajkumar Rao has a different perspective on becoming a star overnight. He says anyone can become a star overnight with a hit film but what about the next ten films. Rather than becoming a night star he feels it is more worthy to select the right craft which gives him a recognition than box office numbers
Rajkumar Rao has acted in popular biopics like “Shahid” and “Aligarh” which fetched him lots of accolades for his acting skills and he also got a National Award. At a trailer launch of his upcoming film “Trapped”, he said. Mr. Rao said he not much concerned about box office as these are beyond his control.
“That (box office) is something which is not under my control, I can’t help it. So there is no point thinking about it and feeling sad or happy. My only job is to act and play the character truthfully and honestly,” he told reporters here.
“Being a star is accidental. You can be a star with one film but what about your next ten films? So my job is just to be constant and be honest towards my craft which I try.
“Being a star is the byproduct of your work. I hope we have a ‘star actor’ since you’re saying there are ‘stars’ and ‘actors’.”
He said he has no problem in doing a commercial Bollywood film over an indie cinema
“I think that line between indie cinema and commercial is thinning. There isn’t much a difference between them. If you put four songs and one item number, it will become a commercial film.
“I really don’t differentiate between a commercial or an indie film. For me, it’s the story which matters and the filmmakers.”
The upcoming film “Trapped”, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane is a survival-drama-thriller about a man, who gets trapped in a high rise building with no escape route.
Rajkumar was so dedicated to the role that he survived with “coffee and carrots for nearly 20 days to fit into the character.
“It was physically and mentally exhausting for me to live in that space for almost 18-20 days, to eat nothing. Trust me, it’s scary to hell. If you don’t eat for two days you feel so frustrated, angry on everything.
“There were times when there was a blackout. I used to get up and sit quietly for a moment. But that’s the fun of being an actor. I feel very lucky to play such parts and work with such filmmakers.”
The movie “Trapped” is going to be released on March 17.