Stree actor Rajkummar Rao, who has delivered some path-breaking performances since his Bollywood debut, says content is the new entertainment — whether it is through the web, films or audio — and that he is glad to be part of such a welcome change.
The actor said, “I think content is the new entertainment. People want to experience something new, be it on-screen or audio. The definition of entertainment is definitely changing and I’m glad that I get to be a part and contribute to this welcome change.”
“I did not get a chance to read the book prior to coming on board for Audible. Thanks to this collaboration, I not only got to narrate the ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’, but also discover the complex situations, characters and uncertainty that shaped each of these women’s stories. Through the book I discovered a whole new Mumbai.
“The character that I liked the most was of ‘Sapna Didi’ – the way she changed herself to avenge her husband, her life, her vengeance… It is so powerful. I was narrating her story, but also listening to it for the first time and it was fascinating. For me, Sapna’s story was a thriller and romance combined into one, it was shocking, gripping and impressive to know what she went through. I know it’s going to be a favourite among listeners,” he said. “It has to be a story where we can all do justice to our parts and have good roles. But of course, I would love to work with Radhika and Kalki,” he said
The actor made his film debut with the experimental anthology film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010). After a few brief roles, he had his breakthrough with the drama film Kai Po Che! (2013). He rose to prominence with his portrayal of Shahid Azmi in the critically acclaimed biographical drama Shahid (2013), for which he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. He has established a career in Hindi cinema and is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, and an Asia Pacific Screen Award.
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17 November, 2019