'Stardom is not a necessity for me'

'Stardom is not a necessity for me'

He is an actor, theatre artiste, director and writer. There is no doubt that Rajat Kapoor wears many hats with ease. But it’s theatre that he shares a special bond with. In the City to perform one of his plays at the Ranga Shankara, the actor spoke to Metrolife about his love for theatre and his association with Bangalore.

Bangalore is a very special place for Rajat. “Earlier, we used to come to Bangalore once in a while. But for the last five years, we have been coming here at least twice a year. It has grown as a city and snowballed into one of the most culturally inclined cities in the country. The audience here is so receptive and just phenomenal. After Mumbai, Bangalore is the theatre hub of the country. The best part about the City is that each time we perform here, the audience is new. We have had about 30 shows of one of our plays here. The audience mainly consists of young professionals who are appreciative and interested in theatre,” he says.

He is open to films and has a lot to say about regional cinema. “The people in regional cinema are doing a great job. Some Marathi films are exceptional. There is a resurgence of sorts in regional cinema and many talented people are coming to the fore. Having said that, there is good work happening in Bollywood too. But it’s very small in number and not enough. In fact, some new and talented directors start off with interesting movies and later, shift to commercial entertainers, which is really disappointing,” he notes.

Rajat is appreciative of some Bollywood films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Dev D’ and ‘Ship of Theseus’. “Actors like Huma Qureshi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have always been present in the industry. It is only now that they are being noticed and given an opportunity. The industry has immense talent, which can only be identified if people open their eyes. For instance, Irrfan Khan and Vinay Pathak have always been great actors and are doing some really good films,” he notes.

Many actors consider stardom to be an essential part of their career. But Rajat is not one of them. He looks at stardom only as a means to achieve his goals. “Stardom is not a necessity for me but it does make things possible in a way. For now, I am open to different kinds of films. I am waiting for a good script and director to come my way. But theatre is something that I will do all my life,” he says.

Rajat is currently waiting for the release of his latest directorial venture Aankhon Dekhi.

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