Rajkumar Rao said – ‘Nepotism’ will always be there in the film industry ‘But your work and talent will speak’

Rajkumar Rao said - 'Nepotism' will always be there in the film industry 'But your work and talent will speak'

Actor Rajkummar Rao has spoken about nepotism in the film industry, saying it “will always be there”. In a new interview, Rajkummar also said that although nepotism exists, there are many opportunities in the industry. He talked about his friends and classmates like Jaideep Ahlawat and Prateek Gandhi who are getting recognition on the OTT platform. (Also read | Hit The First Case Trailer: Rajkummar Rao is on the lookout for girlfriend Sanya Malhotra,

Rajkumar made his acting debut with Love Sex Aur Dhoka (2010), but gained recognition with supporting roles in Gangs of Wasseypur-Part 2 and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012). He also acted in Kai Po Che, Shahid, Queen, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Aligarh, Ludo, Newton, The White Tiger and Stree. Rajkumar won the National Film Award for Shahid.

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In an interview with India Today, Rajkumar said, “Nepotism will always be there, but now there are many opportunities. I have friends who were my classmates but are now gaining recognition, thanks to OTT platforms. Jaideep ( Like Ahlawat) who did this in Paatal Lok and Prateek (Gandhi) in the 1992 scam. Nepotism will remain, but your work and talent will speak.”

He also spoke about the hit films and the films he liked. “Nobody knows the formula for a hit film, you have to keep trying and then leave it to fate. I haven’t really thought about why south films are doing well, maybe because they do well. Movies are there, hard work shows. But I believe cinema goes through phases, at one point we were shooting songs in Switzerland, then we started telling stories from small towns, and now it’s from life. It’s time for big cinema that the South has to offer. But, as an actor, I’d rather do films that I’m proud of, not necessarily something that’s working. Until my producers lose money, I can keep telling stories. I will do films that I will be proud of. I don’t want to be a part of the bunch if my films don’t get made. 100 crores at the box office,” he said.

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Rajkumar will soon be seen in action thriller film Hit: The First Case opposite Sanya Malhotra. Directed by Shailesh Kolanu, the upcoming thriller is a Hindi remake of the Telugu film of the same name. The film is set to hit the theaters on July 15.

Apart from the hit, Rajkumar will be seen in many films. He is shooting for Sharan Sharma’s Mr & Mrs Mahi with Janhvi Kapoor. Rajkumar is also a part of Anubhav Sinha’s Sheep, Abhishek Jain’s Second Innings, Shrikant Bola’s Biopic and Hansal Mehta’s Swagat Hai.


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