Rajkummar Rao: I don’t understand the term quintessential hero of Hindi films !!

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With his acting skills in a short time he proved himself as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. Coming from a middle class family, the 33 year old actor Rajkummar Rao with his powerful performances won hearts of many fans. He debut in Bollywood with Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), he has bagged a National Award for Best Actor for Shahid and his last release, Newton, has been selected as India’s official entry to compete at the Academy Awards.

He is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film Stree, says that he doesn’t understand the term quintessential hero in Hindi films. Rajkummar was interacting with media at the trailer launch of Stree along with co-actors Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee, director Amar Kaushik, film distributor Anil Thadani, music composer Sachin-Jigar and producers Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K and Dinesh Vijan.

Asked whether he ultimately feels like a hero of Hindi films as he has featured in a number of successful films and won prestigious awards, Rajkummar said,”I don’t know how a hero feels honestly. I feel like an actor and I wanted to be an actor. I always wanted to feel like an actor and I don’t understand the term quintessential hero of Hindi films.”

“There are people who approach me for a film telling me that it’s a typical hero film but I always tell them that rather telling me it’s a hero film, tell me about name and characteristics of that character. What is a hero? We are not heroes.. heroes are people who are fighting for us on borders. We are just doing our job that’s it,” he added.

Rajkummar is known as the face of real Hindi cinema after his critically acclaimed performances in Citylights, Shahid, and Newton.

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA – 2017/11/10: Indian film actor Rajkummar Rao present at the launch of his new Web series ‘Bose Dead or Alive’ at hotel Novotel juhu in Mumbai. (Photo by Azhar Khan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Asked whether he feels the definition of a Hindi film hero has changed in the last few years, he said, “I totally agree with that because with the kind of pace cinema is changing, I feel the definition of a so-called hero is also changing.

“Therefore, we all see that actor like Aamir Khan sir plays the character of a 50-year-old father in ‘Dangal’. There is an action genre where you have to do stunts and show your body, then you might call it a hero film.”

Sharing his experience shooting for Stree, the actor said, “It’s an unusual film where we had so much fun shooting for it. The entire team of this film was living like a family in Chanderi and Bhopal. It’s a small town but we had no complaints as we were just focusing on making a good film.”

“We all are really proud of this film and now I hope the audience will give a lot of support and laugh that this film totally deserves,” he added.

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“Stree” is a horror comedy written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. It is directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K. and Dinesh Vijan under the banner of Maddock Films.

The film also stars Shraddha Kapoor in a lead role and is scheduled to release on August 31. Stay tuned to COB for more updates !!

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