‘Breaking’ news. On Sunday afternoon while shooting for a reality show hosted by Farah Khan, Rajkummar Rao broke his ankle. He now needs to undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Speaking from his home where he was being looked after by friends and family, Raj was all laughs and lies while wincing in pain. “I was doing some very complicated martial arts steps on the show Lip Sync Battle when I landed on my feet with a crack that I could hear. Yes, it was very painful and I had to be taken to the hospital immediately. Now I am on painkillers and at home. This is God’s way of telling me to slow down. This year I was going really fast. I’ve already had 5 releases and there’s one more—Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana—coming up. I guess someone took the ‘break a leg’ wish too seriously.”
Rajkummar Rao faces a crisis of time management. “The most immediately affected would be Fanney Khan which I’m shooting. But I will be back to promoting and shooting in a couple of days. In fact on Tuesday I will be doing some promotional interviews for my new film before the surgery. I have to keep working and I am sure I can do all my work as long as I don’t have strain my legs.”
Rajkummar Rao has two fractures in his ankle. “But I am able to laugh about it. One can’t take the setbacks to heart. One can’t allow destiny to depress you.”
Rajkummar Rao has just returned from the Busan Film Festival to attend the Mumbai Film Festival where his new film Omerta was shown. “We’ve so far shown it at three festivals. Everywhere the response was tremendous. This is one of the most productive times of my life. It’s a pity I’ve to slow down because of the injury. But I will make sure I continue to do all my normal work. In the meanwhile I intend make the best of this break. I will be watching all the films that I’ve missed recently.”