Very few actors today can boast of being as prolific and yet as quality-conscious as Rajkummar Rao. Having done some really serious films, Raj is now having himself some good-natured fun. On the verge of the release of his new horror-comedy Stree, Raj could barely contain his excitement. “Stree is a new experience for me. I’ve been doing very serious films like Omerta, Aligarh and Newton. But then I had fun doing Bareilly Ki Barfi and Fanney Khan where there were lots of laughs to lean on.”
Horror-comedy is an entirely different comedy. “Stree has just a bit of the spooky feeling and loads of laughter. It was fun to do. This is director Amar Kaushik’s first feature . And the film is produced by Raj and DK who have directed one of my favourite horror comedies Go Goa Gone. We all worked on the film in the spirit of a celebration. I think that feeling comes across in the film.”
Shradha Kapoor who’s Rajkummar’s co-star in Stree is simultaneously promoting another film Batti Gul Meter Chalu. A bit confusing for the audience. “Yes it can get a little distracting. That’s why at each media event I introduced myself to every journalist. I don’t want to be confused with any other actor,” says the affable humble actor who promises to never change. “There hasn’t been any change in me so far. It’s too late now.”
Raj says he has never had more fun with his career than he’s having now. “I am doing the work that I want without any restrictions on my interpretation of the characters. It’s like opening up a whole new world for me. Stree was so enjoyable for me because we were constantly improvising, trying out new ways of expressing ourselves. This is the most exciting time to be an actor. It’s like working while evolving as an actor.”
Raj also has a role in Tabrez Noorani’s Love Soniya which opens next week . “It’s a cameo . I am part of the film because the film has a very important message to convey. Sometimes just being part of a film is more important than how many scenes an actor has.” Rajkummar Rao is also excited about the two films that he’s doing with Kangana Ranaut. “There is Prakash Kovelamudi’s Mental Hai Kya in which every character is a mental case. Then there is Anurag Basu’s Imli where Kangana and I are together again. It’s always inspiring to work with co-stars who are as keen about their work as me.”
Stree releases today in the UAE. Watch out for our review coming up soon.