Actor Rajkummar Rao, who recently won a National Award for his brilliant performance in ‘Shahid’, said that ever since he won the National Award for the Best Actor he has been flooded with movie offers.
“I was getting lot of offers after ‘Kai Po Che’. Earlier, I was getting 20 offers, now I am getting 30-40 offers a month. There are more options for me to choose from. But it does get difficult. Tough to say yes and no for a project. If a script excites me and challenges me as an actor then only I say yes to it," Rajkummar Rao told PTI.
Rajkummar Rao, who made his debut Dibakar Banerjee's ‘Love Sex aur Dhokha’, garnered critical and commercial acclaim after he showed his acting prowess in films ‘Kai Po Che’, ‘Shahid’ and ‘Queen’.
He won a National Award for his extraordinary performance in movie ‘Shahid’, a biographical film on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was shot dead in 2010.
The actor said that though he has been offered many good roles he is being very picky about the offers he accepts.
“I want to associate myself with films that are good. Something that people will remember me for. I don't look if the film comes from a small or a big banner; the script has to move me. I do not categorize a film as commercial or critically acclaimed one. I have been lucky that my films have done good business,” he said.
On how secure he feels after winning the National Award, he says, "I always felt secured, I never felt insecure about anything. For me acting means a lot, I don't think too much about other things."
Rajkummar Rao will be next seen in Hansal Mehta's ‘CityLights’.
“There is a special bond that we (Hansal and him) share. There was a natural bonding that happened when we first met. We understand each other a lot, we don't need words to express what we want as far as work is concerned," he said.
‘CityLights’ is about a couple who come to Mumbai from Rajasthan for a better life and the various difficulties they face in the city.
In real life also, Rajkummar came from Gurgaon to the city of dreams - Mumbai - to become an actor. "I am from a small town Gurgaon and when I came to Mumbai it was very different for me. My difficulties were not that much as that of my character Deepak in the film. My difficulty was to do that one film that will clicks. So, there was struggle for that," he said.
Rajkummar is paired opposite Patralekha in the film, which is a remake of British film ‘Metro Manila’ (2013). The film is presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt.
The movie is scheduled to release on May 30.