Wasn't affected by Newton controversy: Rajkummar Rao
National Award winning actor says he wasn't affected by the controversy over his film having a similarity in its plot to the Iranian film Secret Ballot
National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao says he was never affected by the controversy over his film Newton, which has been selected as India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination. After the film was announced as India's Oscar entry earlier this year, some media reports indicated a similarity in its plot to the Iranian film Secret Ballot. The comparisons were put to rest by the makers.
Rajkummar says, "I was not affected by the controversy of Newton because I knew that these are two different films. I knew it from the script. However, I am happy that everyone who created the controversy, has got an answer when the producer made a statement mentioning that the film is different from Secret Ballot."
The actor will next be seen in the film Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana opposite Kriti Kharbanda. The story of the film revolves around two young people and their journey of five years.
Giving an insight to his character, Rajkummar says, "My character has a journey that travels from the phase of a college pass from a small town to falling in love with a girl and to becoming a successful, rich guy. It is a revenge story and how love makes you do things that you cannot do otherwise."
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana is yet another of Rajkummar's films to be set in the small town milieu after Behen Hogi Teri and Bareilly Ki Barfi.
Does he find it interesting to work on such film as this genre is working at the box office? "See, for me, experience counts first, and then the numbers. I have to like the film enough to invest my time. Rest will fall in place. Yes, Bareilly Ki Barfi worked and I am happy. At the end of the day, I do not want to say that 'I shouldn't have done this film'. Therefore, liking the film from my end is important."
Interestingly, well-known male actors are becoming a part of a women-centric films and playing small yet significant parts -- like Aamir Khan in Secret Superstar and Manav Kaul in Vidya Balan-starrer Tumhari Sulu.