Still a long way to go: Rajkumar Rao

 He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth but managed to secure a National Film Award within five years of joining the film industry. The talented and versatile actor Rajkumar Rao thanks god for this and says there’s still “a long way to go”.

“I think god has been really kind to me. I’ve been lucky to be a part of some really wonderful films and to get to work with some really talented filmmakers. I think it’s a good start and there’s still a long way to go,” Rajkumar told media in an interview.

Having forayed into Bollywood with LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010, Rajkumar went on to do <g data-gr-id="28">films</g> like Shaitan, Kai Po Che, Queen and Citylights. His emotive and intense performance in Hansal Mehta’s Shahid won Rajkumar the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2014.

His forthcoming film Hamari <g data-gr-id="25">Adhuri</g> Kahani, with Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan, is slated to hit theatres on Friday.

Talking about his character Hari, Rajkumar said he considers the part to be rather grey than outrightly negative.

“Hari is representing a lot of Indian men, how a lot of Indian men think that women are their property. Once they’re married, the woman has to do what they ask them to do.

“As an actor, I don’t consider it a negative role... But the viewers will decide whether it’s a negative character or not. I think the character is somewhere in the grey region,” he said. At first, the 30-year-old actor was apprehensive to play the part, but the film’s producer, Mahesh Bhatt, convinced him to go ahead. 
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