Omerta actor Rajkummar Rao: I like to give my heart and soul to my characters


A smooth criminal with zero tolerance! The process of playing a character as dark as Omar Saeed Sheikh is disturbing. I don’t think that ‘now I am a star’. Doing this particular scene was very impromptu actually. Q. I am a very different person from him. Because that’s what I read and heard about him. Earlier you were known as an actor suited for content-driven cinema, but there has been shift, and you are now recognised as a mainstream actor. Nudity in the film. We are not trying to justify anything he does. I don’t get too much time to interact with people, and I am quite busy with work. Some characters stay with an actor much after they portray them. I was trying to cultivate a lot of anger and hatred in me while portraying him. It is not that I am only looking at doing biopics. We are just showcasing you the mirror. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Rajkummar Rao spoke about how he has not internalised his success as an actor, and why working with Hansal Mehta is so special to him. I watched a lot of documentaries and disturbing violent videos to get my act together. However, if you ask me about the transition, that transition hasn’t happened to me in my head. He won’t make it look vulgar. So you have to mentally also be in that psyche, that state of mind. Yes, there is nudity in the film, but I am not nervous. I was butt-naked in LSD, my first film itself. After Shahid, Aligarh, Bose and now Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in Omerta, it seems you like being part of biopics. @RajkummarRao @SWISSENTERTAIN3 #KarmaMedia @Omerta2018 pic.twitter.com/v7Cp6nKYGk
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 12, 2018
Q. It was a different territory for me, more difficult. Not at all! I don’t have that kind of hatred in me. Are you nervous? He is not from here, not from any of our communities. It is like being an untameable animal. Hansal sir told me about it. Similarly, this too is very real. There were times when I would be mentally so tired while shooting that I just wanted to sleep because I was always in that state of mind. I come back home and my loved ones are still the same. I don’t let it happen. And, I travel. In Trapped, at least, I could connect to him on some level, but this one I had no idea about and I had never imagined the kind of anger and hatred I had to showcase. I was even affected by Trapped and this (playing Omar Saeed Sheikh) was way tougher than Trapped. Hansal Sir is a very responsible and honest director. It talks about a person who is an outsider. Any stress that the film can create communal tension? The antagonist rises. Trailer out on March 14, 2018. Here is the poster for our newest offering #Omerta – the true story of Omar Saeed Sheikh. Has that ever happened to you? I am a fun loving, peaceful guy. That’s a conscious decision always for me. He said let’s do something like this, and that’s how we did it. I have not realised or internalised that life has changed. This particular scene was very very disturbing for me as an actor. Top News
Parenthesis: How to raise a child who readsKathua gangrape victim's lawyer: Being called anti-Hindu, I can be raped or killedDesigner tips for the ideal kitchenAfter proving his caliber yet again in films like Trapped, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Newton last year, Rajkummar Rao opens this year with Hansal Mehta directorial Omerta. The film is based on the life of terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. We are just showing you the dark truth of this world. It is a coincidence. And it did happen, I could achieve that, and I had to retain that throughout the process, which was for three to four months. We decided to do this shot in two days. Q. It might sound weird, but I see no difference. It is a brutally honest film. We have tried to capture the nuances well. 2018-04-16T07:04:01+05:30″>
Published: April 16, 2018 7:04:01 am

Rajkummar Rao will be seen next in Hansal Mehta’s Omerta. For instance, Ranveer Singh apparently had to seek help to get out of his Khilji act from Padmaavat. #Omerta 20/04/2018 pic.twitter.com/PlzojmkIq6
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 31, 2018
Q. It is more than that! It shows things the way it had actually happened, so there is neither an agenda here nor are we giving any justifications. I am not sure if I can even talk about it, but it is not about making love. I have picked ‘mainstream’ films only because there is a story and there are lovely people attached to it. It is brutal. They will never change. What’s the point if there is no story to tell? So how has this transition been for you? But of course, as an actor, I always love portraying real-life characters because there is so much challenge involved in recreating somebody’s life. And it is not a comfortable place when you are continually thinking about hatred for other human beings. With Hansal sir, I can do it because I trust him. #MeetTheDevil@mehtahansal @RajkummarRao @SWISSENTERTAIN3 pic.twitter.com/LyuaHH2dFv
— Karma Media And Entertainment (@KarmaMediaEnt) April 3, 2018
I like to give my heart and soul to my characters. This process is fun, but after Omerta, at least for the next five-six films, I am not doing a biopic. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Excerpts from the interview:
Q. Shooting those scenes and interacting with people about those things, it was a tough process. I wanted to feel the anger about what is going on in the world. It is a very different film. It is wild. He has shot it very aesthetically. See we are not targeting any community here. I work. So, it was not easy. In Shahid also, I am naked when these guys are torturing me. I don’t even want to feel differently, honestly! It is a happy space to be in for me right now. #Omerta releases on 20th April 2018.