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Rajkummar Rao recalls losing out on a film to a star kid; says nepotism doesn’t guarantee success: “If I’m investing my time, and money watching you, you give me that character”

en Bollywood News Rajkummar Rao recalls losing out on a film to a star kid; says nepotism doesn’t guarantee success: “If I’m investing my time, and money watching you, you give me that character”

He conceded that while connections can be unfair, success can also come from pure talent, regardless of background.

Rajkummar Rao has carved a niche for himself with impressive performances. Fresh off the success of Srikanth, the actor is set for another later this month. As he gears up for the release of her much-anticipated film Mr. & Mrs. Mahi with Janhvi Kapoor, Rao candidly discussed about being an outsider and how he perceives insiders of the industry getting opportunities, in a recent interview with Karan Johar.

Rajkummar Rao recalls losing out on a film to a star kid; says nepotism doesn’t guarantee success “If I'm investing my time, and money watching you, you give me that character”

Rajkummar Rao recalls losing out on a film to a star kid; says nepotism doesn’t guarantee success: “If I’m investing my time, and money watching you, you give me that character”

Rajkummar Rao said, “I am somebody who loves cinema, who worships it, who's grown up watching cinema and got trained in filmmaking and acting. This question (about nepotism and being an outsider) has been asked to me a lot of times since this whole nepotism debate started. My answer has always been the same I don't care where you come from, as long as you are talented and as long as you know your job. I don't care because I want to see talent on screen. If I'm investing my time, and money watching you, you give me that character. I should see your hard work.”

He continued, “With, of course, being an insider, the only thing that helps us is you might get those 2-3 opportunities sooner than an outsider. But after that, it's your work, which will speak. Eventually, you will have to leave; you'll have to slow down and figure out different ways.”

Karan Johar acknowledged the harsh reality: connections and parties won't guarantee a film role. Rajkummar Rao echoed this, sharing his experience of losing a role to a star kid (celebrity offspring) despite being the initial choice. Interestingly, the film itself never materialized. “In my case, what happened was, I was supposed to do a film. And then I was not in that film, suddenly overnight. Somebody was known and happened to be a star kid got that part. In my mind, I would think of course that it's not fair. Just because you can control things, people, you can make some calls and say, ‘You know what, this guy just came. It's just done.’”

He conceded that while connections can be unfair, success can also come from pure talent, regardless of background. Karan Johar said that it was unfair to which Rajkummar agreed and said, “It is unfair. That film never got made, of course. But saying that guy was, of course, an insider, but that guy could have been an outsider also, who's successful and could do the same. Yeah, that can also happen.”

Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor are now preparing for the release of Mr. & Mrs. Mahi. The film, directed by Sharan Sharma, tells the story of Mahi and Mahima, a married couple whose lives are intertwined with the sport of cricket. Mahi’s dreams of becoming a cricketer are thwarted, leading him to live vicariously through his wife Mahima, who shares his passion for the game.

Mr. & Mrs. Mahi is presented by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, and produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and Zee Studios, ensuring a powerhouse of talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Mr. & Mrs. Mahi is slated to hit the big screens on May 31, 2024.

ALSO READ: Ranveer Singh reviews Rajkummar Rao starrer Srikanth: “An uplifting story & a beautiful performance”

More Pages: Mr. & Mrs. Mahi Box Office Collection , Mr. & Mrs. Mahi Movie Review


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