I love challenging roles: Raj Kumar Yadav
Kolkata: Not wishing to be typecast in any role, 'Kai Po Che' actor Raj Kumar Yadav says he finds it cathartic to work on mentally and physically challenging characters.
Awaiting the audience response to the forthcoming release 'Shahid', Raj told us, "I want to explore every genre. The script should make sense to me, but complexities in character egg me on."
"There are so many characters I would love to work on. I was simply taken over by performances like Daniel Day Lewis (as Christy Brown) in 'My Left Foot'," Raj said when asked if he had any dream role.
"Again I have respect for Aamir Khan and Irrfan Khan. So you understand," he said.
Asked if it turns frustrating for an actor if a film like 'Shahid' gets released one year after being made, Raj said, "It was not at all frustrating. 'Shahid' is now going to reach far more audiences."
"Wherever it went everyone loved it. It was an inspiring tale of a youth who wanted justice to prevail and who wanted everyone in life to fight for himself," he said.
Turning to 'Kai Po Che', which got him acclaim, Raj said, "I had read the paperback and I was fascinated by the character who is passionate to make money and face the turns and twists in his life."
Apart from upcoming flick 'Queen', opposite Kangana Ranaut, Raj has signed a Mahesh Bhatt productions "whose work will start very soon."
Directed by Ajay Behl, he would just dub this yet untitled film "as different."
When told all the new flicks are bound to be 'different', and prodded more he said, "All I can say it is a very human film with very human sensibilities."
Apparently frustrated over the current status of his Bengali debut film in the role of an eunuch, he said, "It was one complex role I had always wanted to portray. But don't know what happened after 80 per cent of shooting was completed."
"They should finish it in Bengali," he said when asked if the film could now be taken over by any producer for Hindi.
'Shahid' director Hansel Mehta, who would not categorise his film as independent genre, said "We live in a divided world and my film is a reflection of our times."
"'Shahid' talks about the power of common man and how he faces circumstances," he said.
"And I chose Mumbai as it represents the world. It is such a melting point of culture."
Produced by UTV Spot Boy, 'Shahid' will be released today.
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