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Rajkummar Rao says he is not in a Hurry to get Married Because he is ‘Still a Child’

The actor, mostly known for featuring in films with offbeat content and treatment, says it's his job to be part of various kinds of films

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Mumbai, October 10, 2017 : Actor Rajkummar Rao, whose next big screen outing is “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana”, says he is not in a hurry to get married as he still feels like a child.

“Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” is due for release on November 10.

Rajkummar Rao, who was present at the launch of fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s X Chandon Limited Edition End of Year 2017 bottles here on Monday was asked when he is going to get married in real life.

He said: “I am not getting married in real life, so that’s why I am getting married in films. But there are times in films also where I don’t end up getting married. There is still so much time left for me to get married in real life. Right now, I am focusing on my work and I feel I am still a kid, so I am not in a hurry to get married.”

The actor, mostly known for featuring in films with offbeat content and treatment, says it’s his job to be part of various kinds of films.

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“I like to give something new to my audience with every film of mine. Otherwise, it would get boring for me as well when I will start doing same kind of films. So it’s better to try and take risks,” said Rajkummar, who featured in “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and “Newton” this year.

“Newton” is also India’s official entry for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Asked about the development on that front, he said: “It’s a huge responsibility when your film represents your country at the Oscars. We have cleared the first step, but we have to fight a long battle out there.”

“A total of 92 films are nominated with which our film is competing in the foreign language film category. So now we have to make it to the top nine films and then top five films. So, it’s going to be a different ball game altogether, but we will try really hard.”

After “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana”, Rajkummar Rao will also be seen in Hansal Mehta’s “Omerta” and he will make his foray into the web series space with “Bose: Dead/Alive”. (IANS)

 

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Rajkummar, who is dating actress Patralekhaa, said: "Yeah. I wish I could give more time to my personal life but I have got some really understanding people and they know we all came to the city to do this. You have to have an understanding with your friends and loved ones."

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BY DURGA CHAKRAVARTY

He has mastered the art of striking a balance between critically acclaimed films such as “Shahid” and “Aligarh” on one hand, and quality mainstream entertainers as “Stree” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi” on the other. Rajkummar Rao, one of the best actors in Bollywood, calls himself a “normal guy leading a very normal life” and he doesnt waste time dealing with stardom.

Rajkummar made his Bollywood debut with a prop role in the 2010 film “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”, Dibakar Banerjee’s quirky experiment that courted critical acclaim. Over the next few years, his rise has been steady, thanks to impeccable performances in films such as “Shaitan”, “Aligarh”, “Kai Po Che!”, “Shahid” and “Stree” among others.

In his nine year run in Bollywood, how does Rajkummar deal with the stardom? “I don’t really deal with it,” Rajkummar told IANS.

Does he give stardom importance? Pat came the reply: “I don’t give it (importance). I am very happy because I get a lot of love whenever I go anywhere now. That love is irreplaceable. A lot of gratitude for that. Apart from that when I am on sets or at home, I don’t think of anything else. I just be myself. I am a very normal guy and leading a very normal life. I am just doing my job and nothing else.”

Before venturing into the glitzy world of Bollywood, Rajkummar, a product of Delhi University, was doing theatre. In 2008, the “Omerta” star graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, and shifted to Mumbai for a film career.

Of course, it wasn’t always a smooth ride. He has had his quota of struggle, too.

“My struggle started in Delhi. I hail from Gurgaon and I used to travel in really crowded buses or sometimes cycle from Gurgaon to Mandi House to do theatre . My struggle started from there. When I landed in Bombay for two years, there was a lot of struggle. I would meet a lot of people and face a lot of rejection. It wasn’t really an easy route.” he said.

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Actor Rajkummar Rao poses at an award function. Wikimedia Commons

Today, Rajkummar has carved a niche for himself in just nine years, and is labelled a Rs 100-crore actor-star.

“These are tags created by people. I just want to do good work nothing else. I am not chasing anything else,” said the actor, who has managed to maintain a balance between commercial space and indie cinema.

Is Rajkummar consciously maintaining two pockets in his career? “No. The only conscious choice is to be a part of exciting stories. When ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, which in a way was a gamechanger, released and people saw me in a different avatar for the first time it just happened. I did not really decide to do that film because I wanted to break some image and do a big commercial film,” he said.

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With a bag full of different work kinds of films coming his way, Rajkummar has never felt saturated.

“I am very happy. There are so many people out there who want to do what I am doing. So, when I am getting a chance to live my dream everyday there is no saturation point. I love it,” he said.

But with a packed work schedule, does he feel that his personal life has taken a backseat?

Rajkummar, who is dating actress Patralekhaa, said: “Yeah. I wish I could give more time to my personal life but I have got some really understanding people and they know we all came to the city to do this. You have to have an understanding with your friends and loved ones.” (IANS)