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.




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