Randeep Hooda He is inspired with all the new projects he chooses. Randeep He made his acting debut with Monsoon Wedding, and gained critical acclaim for his performances in biographical dramas such as Rang Rasiya and Sarbjit, after which he became popular as the ‘Bio Man’ of the Hindi Film Industry. Next Actor is another biopic based on the life of Swatantra Veer Savarkar.
In this interview with indianexpress.com, Randeep talks about how, at this point in his career, he looks for only well-written scripts, and reveals that he stays away from Bollywood parties and events where he has to “pretend to be such a happy, charming person”, a picture that is not real. In life.
This is an excerpt from the interview:
How can you look completely different on every project you take on?
I give myself time. I’m always so nervous and I always think I won’t be able to do it, this time people will catch me because I don’t have any acting chops. I think that keeps me on edge and doesn’t allow me to dial in my performance the way many actors do. It’s something as natural as you do day in and day out. I take a lot of breaks and do a lot of other things besides acting and being with film people, which enriches me as a person.
After so many years of receiving love and respect for your performance, why do you think you might not be able to perform in a certain role?
The first three days of any shooting, I just love “Dubaaraa karenge yaar, yeh accchha nahi hua..” (Let’s shoot this one more time, that didn’t turn out well…). However, once you get into the flow, it’s fine. I think self-doubt is a very good thing. Having confidence is also good, but as an actor, self-doubt is also important because it constantly reminds you that you are not a god, just a human who can slip and fall and make mistakes.
Amidst all this appreciation, how does the actor stay so grounded?
I don’t think I’ve won any awards in my life and I don’t really care about it. They are opinions. But you aim to be true to yourself and stay real. You try to be yourself most of the time; If you start faking it in real life, you will start faking it on screen. That’s why I don’t go to a lot of these events where you have to pretend to be this charming, happy person, while having a bad life on the side. So, staying true to yourself and my job, and knowing your job isn’t to please people keeps me down. I don’t think people who are happy are good actors.
Speaking of good actors, we hardly see you socializing with fellow actors or attending parties? Do you choose to surround yourself with non-movie people in order to connect with reality? Is this your operation?
It depends, every actor, every artist, every writer, has a different opinion and opinion towards how they approach their work. And real people and all of that can vary, too. This is my process of living my life, and I know nothing about doing it on screen. But I think I spend a lot of time with real people and not so much with movie people because at some point we feel alienated and cocooned. If you succeed, you will start living in an ivory tower. You will no longer be able to communicate with people, because you live in a lonely void, so to speak. So, obviously you have to get in touch with reality and the best way to do that is to have a conversation with your mom, she will put you right (laughs)!
You have invested a lot of yourself, both physically and mentally, in your characters in films like Sarbjit, Rang Rasiya and Highway. You also had knee surgery after the injury. Do you fear for your future?
Love hurts! I don’t know of any other way to do this. I haven’t learned any other way to do this. Although I’ve done films where there was no setting or script for various reasons, but now I’ve decided I’m not going to do it. A lot of times I say no to those movies, and I say no to a lot of money because I’m not going to enjoy them. There are a lot of ways to make money (I’m not acting for it). I think that’s what happened to me, I don’t know any other way.
Are you happy with the work that will come your way, or do you still crave more major filmmakers to rediscover you?
I don’t watch mainstream cinema. I didn’t really enjoy it that much. Mainstream Hi Kia? I do not understand that. What I do is dominant for me. I don’t care about their goings on. mera apna stream hai, mein apna chappu chala raha hoon, patthar aate hai beech mein, kya hota hai, kabhi paani bhi sukh jaataa hai, koi baat nahi (I paddle my boat, sometimes stones come my way, sometimes the water dries up, but that’s okay.) I’m on my own way. And I’ve done so many mainstream films, what are they going to rediscover in me? The people who want to rediscover me are those who bring me good writing. They live their lives, I live mine, and I’m not interested in living other people’s lives, professionally speaking. As a human being, I am interested in everyone’s life (laughs).
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