Sitting comfortably on his little couch, the calm and composed actor who has entertained all over the years with his funny and adorable roles, speaks to us about his bold image in ‘Hate Story 3’, the response he has been getting for it and his further career plans.
Q. The internet is abuzz with people saying “Raju Bada Ho Gaya Hai..Bold Ho Gaya Hai”. What would you like to comment on that?
A. (Laughs) Haa.. I have seen that! For an actor, to break away the mould people expect them to be in is the greatest high. I am elated with the reactions to the trailer and song…people are loving it. I am glad that they are liking me in this avatar too.
Q. So what about the your family-audience fans?
A. It’s not for them. Don’t come! It is an adult film it’s not for kids. And if you are coming with your family then stay prepared since it isn’t that kind of a film. As an actor I have to do all kinds of films and can’t keep catering family audiences (smiles).
Q. How hard was it to break your family-actor image and get into this character physically and emotionally?
A. I have always enjoyed doing body-building and it wasn’t anything new for me. Just that the audience never got to see me in a shirtless avatar before. I have even sported six pack abs previously but none of the characters I played required me to show it.
As for the erotica aspect, the only concern was to make it look aesthetically. It had to look erotic but not come across as anything cheesy or vulgar. But that was taken well care of by the team and the director. Plus kissing scenes have anyways become a part of Hindi cinema now, the long and passionate ones included, but the fact that we have been able to shoot it comfortably and present it in a romantic way, like how you can see in the songs is where I think that we have achieved what we wanted to.
Q. How was it working with Karan Singh Grover who comes with a TV background?
A. Very good. Karan has done a wonderful job in the film. Since he has done a lot of work before, he was very comfortable before the camera. Plus he brings a different kind of energy to the sets as he is jovial and easy to get along with. I feel as much as one needs to concentrate on work, they even need to relax and have chats, and since Karan and me had a lot of common interesting points to talk about, we gelled along really well. So yes, it was fun working with him.
Q. What is that one quality that can make you have a Hate Story with a person?
A. Two faced people. But yes not “hate” since it is a very strong word. I “dislike” such people.
Q. You have been in the industry since a long time and considered as an underrated actor. Do you think you have got your due?
A. Yes I have been a part of some really great films but there’s yet a lot more to come (smiles). Hopefully you would see me more frequently in movies and in different kind of roles.
Q. Any particular kind of role you yet haven’t done and would love to do in future?
A. Sci-fi and Historical Drama are two genres I would really like to be a part of someday.
Q. Would you like to comment on the recent Rajesh Mapuskar (‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ director) controversy?
A. Nothing yaar.. it’s too personal. It can happen to you, me or anyone. (smiles)
Here’s hoping that like Bantu, Raju, Laxman and Sukhi, he would make the character of Aditya Deewan a memorable one too; and wishing him all the luck for ‘Hate Story 3’.