Randeep Hooda the discovery of each new project he chooses. Randeep Made his acting debut in ‘Monsoon Wedding’ and received critical acclaim for his performances in biographical dramas like Rang Rasiya and Sarbjit, after which he became known as the ‘biopic man’ of the Hindi film industry. The actor’s next film Swatantra is another biopic based on the life of Veer Savarkar.
In an interview with indianexpress.com, Randeep talks about how at this stage in his career, he only looks for well-written scripts, and says that he avoids Bollywood parties and events where he “has to look so happy”. glamorous person”, an image alien to life.
Excerpt from the interview:
How do you manage to look and feel so special on every project you take on?
I give myself time. I’m always so nervous, I don’t think I can do it, and this time people think I’m not good at acting. I think it keeps me in good shape and doesn’t let me phone in my performance like a lot of actors do. It’s natural that you’re doing it day and night. I take a lot of breaks and do a lot of things apart from acting and hanging out with film people, which enriches me as a person.
After so many years of love and respect for your performances, why do you think you might not be able to land a certain role?
For the first three or four days of any shoot, I’m just like that ‘dubaaraa karenge yaar, yeh acchha nahi hua..,’ (let’s shoot this again, it didn’t turn out well…). However, once you get into the flow, it’s all good. I think self-doubt is a very good thing. Confidence is a good thing, but self-doubt is also very important as an actor, because it’s a constant reminder that you’re not a god, just a human being who can slip, fall, and make mistakes.
How does an actor stay grounded amidst all these assessments?
I don’t think I’ve won any awards in my life and I really don’t care about them. They are opinions. But you aim to be true to yourself and be real. You try to be yourself most of the time; if you fake it in real life, you start faking it on screen. So I don’t often go to these kinds of events where you have to pretend to be this happy glowing person and you have a busy life. So being true to yourself and my work and knowing that your job is not about pleasing people keeps me grounded. I don’t think people like people make good actors.
Speaking of good actors, don’t we see you hanging out with your co-stars or attending parties? Do you choose to surround yourself with non-filmy people to stay in touch with reality? Is this your process?
It depends on the perspective and attitude of each actor, each artist, each writer, director on how they approach their work. And, actual people and things may vary. It’s the process of living my life, and I don’t know how to do it on screen. But I think I spend a lot of time with real people, not with movie people, because at some point we all get ostracized and go into our cocoons. If you are successful, then you will start living in an ivory tower. You can no longer connect with people because you are living in an isolated vacuum. So you have to be in touch with reality and the best way to do that is to talk to your mother and she will set you straight (laughs)!
You have put a lot of money into your characters in films like Sarbjit, Rang Rasiya and Highway, both physically and mentally. Knee surgery after an on-set injury, does that threaten your future?
Love hurts! I don’t know any other way to do it. I haven’t learned any other way to do it. Although I have done films without preparation or script for various reasons, I have decided not to do so anymore. Most of the time I say no to those movies, I say no to a lot of money because I can’t enjoy it. There are many ways to make money (I don’t act for it). I think that’s what happened in my head, I don’t know any other way.
Are you happy with the work ahead of you, or do you wish you had more mainstream directors wanting to rediscover you?
I don’t watch mainstream movies. I have never enjoyed it so much. How is the mainstream? that beats me What I do is mainstream for me. I don’t care about “their” flow, mera apna flow hai, me apna chappu chala raha hon, pattar aate hai buk mein, kya hota hai, kabhi paani bhi suh jaata hai, koi baat nahi (I row my boat, sometimes stones come my way, sometimes the water dries up, but still). I’m going my own way. I’ve done so many mainstream films, what do they rediscover in me? The ones who want to rediscover me are the ones who bring me good writing. They’re living their lives, I’m living mine, I’m not interested in living other people’s lives, it’s about career. Being human, I am interested in everyone’s life (laughs).