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'Roohi brought audiences back to theatres'

March 22, 2021 09:24 IST

'The fun of laughing with everyone and getting scared with everyone is something you cannot recreate anywhere else.'

IMAGE: Rajkummar Rao, left, and Varun Sharma in Roohi.

Rajkummar Rao has had back-to-back releases: Ludo, Chhalaang, The White Tiger.

Roohi released in theatres last week and got a good response.

Rajkummar tells Subhash K Jha, "It was a big gamble in these strange times but I'm glad we took it. It has paid off."

Are you happy with the response Roohi got in the theatres?

I am extremely delighted by the response.

As a cinema lover, even I was missing watching films on the big screen.

I am glad Roohi brought audiences back to the theatres.

Roohi is the right film to be watched on a big screen.

The fun of laughing with everyone and getting scared with everyone is something you cannot recreate anywhere else.

It was a big gamble in these strange times, but I'm glad we took it. It has paid off.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Rajkummar Rao/Instagram

Your other 2021 release The White Tiger has received worldwide acclaim, including an ?

I always knew I was doing something special.

I have been a big admirer of Director Ramin Baarani's work and when I got to know that he was planning to make The White Tiger and wanted me to play Ashok, I was more than happy to be a part of it.

The kind of response we got for the film is overwhelming and the love I got globally for Ashok made me very happy.

Stree and Roohi are comedy horror films. Will there be a hat-trick in the near future?

I hope so.

I enjoy doing everything, but Stree is a milestone in my career.

People gave so much love to the film and to my character Bicky.

The same happened with Roohi.

I enjoy portraying two emotions at the same time -- making people laugh while you are getting scared.

I am sure there will be more horror comedies in the near future as well along with all different genres that I’ll be doing.

 

IMAGE: Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor in Stree.

Is it true that in Badhaai Do, you play a gay man married to a lesbian?

I can't talk much about Badhaai Do.

All I can say is that it is a script which I am very excited about. I had one of the best times making this film.

I am very sure it will connect with the audience and people will see me in a different avatar.

IMAGE: Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in Badhaai Do. Photograph: Kind courtesy Rajkummar Rao/Instagram

What are your future plans?

Just keep making great content and if it is a good film, it will work.

There is such great content available on digital platforms that we have to push our boundaries and give something unique every time.

Tell me about your forthcoming films.

I finished Hum Do Hamare Do with Kriti Sanon and Badhaai Do with Bhumi.

There are other films lined up that I am very excited about.

SUBHASH K JHA