Acclaimed filmmaker Hansal Mehta in a recent interview talked about his collaboration with actor Rajkummar Rao. Reflecting on their first meeting, Mehta revealed that she rediscovered her artistic voice and found inspiration from Rajkummar while working on the film. Shahid, Despite facing challenges in finding a lead actor who would fully commit to the script, Mehta remained steadfast in his vision. Eventually, Rajkumar came into the picture, recommended by Mukesh Chhabra and Anurag Kashyap. Despite initial doubts, Mehta felt a connection and an undeniable energy during their first meeting, recognizing Rajkumar̵7;s sincerity and hunger to prove himself.
Hansal Mehta revealed that no producer was ready to fund Shahid starring Rajkumar Rao; Says, “Shahid was a dream role and he nailed it”
Speaking to Humans of Bombay, Hansal said, “I came across Shahid Azmi’s story and my life started all over again. Basically, I found my voice again and my inspiration in finding that voice was Prince. ShahidScripts were sent to a lot of stars and somehow either the stars didn’t want to work with me, or the stars wanted to work with me then they wanted to divert. Shahid It was written, completely change the narrative. I put my foot down. I said, ‘Either it is or it is nothing’.
He further added, “And in that process, Mukesh Chhabra, Anurag (Kashyap) threw Rajkumar my way. They kept saying meet Rajkumar. I said ‘I can’t meet him. What will I do with him?’ There was no money. The producer said, ‘Anurag is going to send Rajkumar to you. I am not financing it. I am not putting money in for Rajkumar’. He was very new. He had just love sex aur dhokha,
Hansal complimented Rajkumar, saying, “He said have tea with him right now, he’s standing outside your office. He comes in, and in half an hour, I mean, something was there. I felt the right energy.” I felt connected to him and I saw the honesty and the hunger. He said he wanted to prove it. Shahid was a dream role and he recognized it…”
Hansal Mehta collaborated with Rajkumar Rao Shahid, City Lights, Aligarh And Omerta.
Meanwhile on the film front, Rajkummar Rao recently featured in Anubhav Sinha’s crowd, The film also featured Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Kapur and Dia Mirza. crowd The film is about the difficulties faced by a section of people due to the lockdown imposed in 2020 to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly, the film has been shot in black and white format by Anubhav Sinha.
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