'I am living my dream every day'

'I am living my dream every day'

'I am living my dream every day'
Proving his mettle with characters of different shades, actor Rajkummar Rao feels he is currently living his dream. “Films inspire me. I always wanted to be an actor. And I’m living my dream every day,” he tells Metrolife.

He mentions that he looks to play character roles. “I do films which my heart says yes to. I have to like the script and love the cast before agreeing to do a film. Whether I am the hero in the film or not is not essential, what is important is the character. So that’s why, probably, I try experimenting with my roles,” he says.

Debuting with Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Love, Sex aur Dhokha’ and known for films like ‘Shahid’ and ‘CityLights’, he recently won accolades for playing the role of a journalist in ‘Aligarh’.

“I’m always excited when any of my films is screened at film festivals. My association with JFF started with ‘Shahid’ in 2013. There’s an audience which wants to see world cinema and such festivals fulfil that need,” says Rao. 

While he is quick to point out that there is a “lot of responsibility” in making biopics, he adds that he would love to play legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand in a biopic.

Does he want to direct and write someday? “I might direct one day. The directors with whom I have worked say ‘you will direct one day’. And, I think about a lot of stories but I don’t have the patience to sit down and write. You have to take some time off and just concentrate on the writing,” he exclaims.

Rao, who won his first National Award for ‘Shahid’ in 2014, says that honours make him feel special. “I feel happy when I get an award. But there are times when I know that I have done bad work and I don’t deserve any attention for it. If it’s not something that I should get praises for, I don’t like taking the award,” says the 31-year-old.

 On his upcoming ventures, he says, “The shooting is complete for Vikramaditya Motwane’s venture which is a film about a single character in one location. I also look forward to ‘Newton’, which is a dark comedy.”

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