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An exclusive with Rajkumar Yadav

06:56 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Lipika Varma chats up with ‘Kai Po Che’ star about dropping his surname:

Rajkumar Yadav, known for his roles in ‘Love Sex aur Dhoka’ as well as ‘Kai Po Che’, does not want to connect his surname to his name any more. The reason for this, he informs, “Actually, with my surname everyone keeps asking me if I am related to Rajpal Yadav and so many other queries. Hence, I want to be called only Raj Kumar.” We instantly quiz that what if people connect him to the yesteryear star Rakumar? “No, why will they connect me to him. He was totally a different identity. My father has no problem if I do not add the surname. Also, I am not removing the surname owing to numerology.” Raj Kumar is reprising the role of Shahid Azmi in his next. “’Shahid’ is based on the true story of human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was killed in his office in 2010 by unidentified assailants. The story is fascinating and intriguing, hence, I accepted the part. I visited many courts and what I noticed was that it is totally different to what is shown in films. Coming back to the film, as a lawyer everyone has to fight for their client even if you represent criminals. But I do not believe in supporting the wrong. In fact, I feel as lawyers they need to represent the legal aspect in a righteous manner. A lawyer needs to defend the truth come what may. Visiting courts was an eye-opener for me. Director Hansal Mehta very efficiently got the work done out of me. He is clear with what he wants and this made my work easy.” Having worked for ‘Love Sex aur Dhoka’ and then ‘Boys’, he says, “Actually I was informed that many well-known actors are playing some important parts. So I decided to do this film. Also I do believe that one learns through mistakes. I do not regret having done the film because it helped me financially. After ‘Love Sex aur Dhoka’, I got this offer and I had to run my household. However, now I am careful in choosing films and characters.” On having worked with Mira Nair, he says, “I have learnt how to be humble, compassionate and love the work you do. I only take care to portray different characters and as I don’t want to be type cast. I am reading a few scripts and have already signed films. I can only confirm my film with Vishesh Films, which will go on floors soon. My next film ‘Queen’ is releasing now. It has gone to international film festivals.”Raj Kumar feels Ranbir Kapoor is one actor who has struck a balance between serious and rom-com films. “I too want to explore different genre of films. As an actor, I believe in my craftsmanship and want to flourish in it.”
Giving details of his personal life, he says, “Yes I am in love with Anvita Paul and are sure to marry her though we have yet not decided on it. My parents know about it. We are madly in love but I don’t like the idea of a live-in relationship. I feel that we must live together only after we get married. She is not insecure about my actor status. In fact, she feels happy when I progress professionally.”

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