Politics and acting, both are parallel: Rajpal Yadav

Having worked in around 200 films including Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Hungama, Waqt: The Race Against Time, Chup Chup Ke, Garam Masala, Dhol, Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? and Main Meri Patni Aur Woh, actor Rajpal Yadavhas established himself as one of Bollywood’s go-to actors for several significant roles. 

But besides his Hindi filmography, the actor self-admittedly likes to work in regional cinema including Punjabi, Bengali and Telugu films. Asked if there’s a language barrier, Yadav tells in an exclusive interaction, “For me or any other actor, language is never a problem. If one’s communication is clear and there’s no confusion, then everything is fine. Words and sentences chance, but emotions and feelings remain the same.”

The actor, who will now star in Punjabi film Chandigarh-Amritsar-Chandigarh alongside Sargun Mehta and Gippy Grewal, shared that the experience has been “fantastic”. He said, “I try to do at least 2-4 regional films per year. I love when there’s variety. Like I did a Bengali film and a Punjabi film now and the experiences have been totally different. So, whenever I get a chance to do regional films, I am always ready.”

Asked if he has a preference for comic roles now, the actor clarified that he doesn’t like repetition. “I don’t know what comedy and tragedy are. I passed out from National School of Drama, so whatever character we get and however the director and writer want us to interpret, we do that. Hum log ghode hai, jaisa writer hota hai, uske ishaare pe bhaag khade hote hai. Toh jaisa writer mil jaaye, waisa hi hum uske interpretation karte hai.”

Calling himself the “luckiest one” in this country, Yadav shared, “I have done roles with a lot of variety. I haven’t repeated the angles, whether it was Chup Chup Ke or Waqt: The Race Against Time or Malamaal Weekly or even Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, all of them have been different. See, cinema means entertainment and it’s important to play a variety of roles and experiment with different genres.”

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