Gajraj Rao on growing popularity and more
Gajraj Rao on growing popularity and more. Gajraj Rao who will be seen in a Disney + Hotstar release Lootcase opens up about gaining popularity over the years and opinion on character artists. He also mentions that he is in such a place in his career that choosing projects only for money is no more a criteria. He shows his gratitude for being that privileged now. “I have reached a certain stage in my career that I might not have to take up any project purely for the income, if I’m not satisfied with it,” he says. Staying at home during the last three months were “a bit tough initially”, but he says these are extraordinary circumstances and we are all in this together.
The Badhai Ho actor also shared that he has some interesting scripts which will hit the floors probably in the next few months, “But it all depends on when the pandemic eases out. However, my priority will be completing the shoot of Maidaan, whenever the team is ready to shoot. We can only hope for the best in this uncertainty, and follow the necessary precautions at all times,” says Rao.
He further added he is looking forward to the release of the film Lootcase that also stars Kunal Khemmu and Rasika Duggal. “It is a special project for him as it has been directed by his colleague from advertising, Rajesh Krishnan. He says, “My character has shades of grey and it was an interesting and fulfilling experience playing the part. Due to the good rapport with most of the cast, the chemistry shows in the scenes, especially with brilliant actors like Vijay Raaz and Ranvir Shorey.”
Sharing his opinion on second leads and character artists, he says, ““In any wedding, the spotlight is always on the bride and groom. It is indeed true that sometimes some actors do not get their due, but I always try and seek inspiration from these stories and work harder in my performances. If your performance has that spark, people will definitely notice and remember you. It doesn’t matter how long it has taken, what matters is the recognition from the audience for my work and the effort that has gone into it. Even if it took long, I am glad that today people recognise me”
He continues, “The love and appreciation I got for Badhaai Ho (2018) was almost surreal, but if I do not keep improving upon my craft and churn out better performances, I’m bound to be forgotten. I won’t have any reasons to complain either. I have to stay grounded and keep toiling everyday, so that my craft becomes better, and there are no two ways about it. Sincerity will always shine through. Tareefon se ghar nahin chalta, mehnat se chalta hai.”