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Randeep Hooda: I'm not hungry for critical acclaim!

October 29, 2014 4:18:31 PM IST
By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
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Bollywood hunk Randeep Hooda is in a happy space. After receiving critical acclaim for his performance in Imtiaz Ali's HIGHWAY and enjoying commercial success with KICK, Randeep his gearing up for his much delayed film RANG RASIYA, directed by Ketan Mehta.


Ask Randeep how has been the year for him and he admits, “I think it has been a very interesting year for me because of HIGHWAY's critical acclaim, but I've had that before. However, this time it's in a different way because of a lot of 'A' listers involved in the film, like Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Nadiadwala. But critical acclaim is ok; it's not something I strive for. I am not hungry for it, I've had it. So I don't need to prove myself to others about my acting ability. It's more to do with how I can better myself. But with KICK, what happened is that I was suddenly exposed to such a large audience in one go, which has really changed my lifestyle and a lot more. That was something really missing from my repertoire and that came in one shot with KICK.”

He adds further, “But there is a pendulum that swings in life and my pendulum is currently swinging up on the correct side. I don't want it to ever reach the end. I just want to go on with it. From BOMBAY TALKIES to JOHN DAY to HIGHWAY to KICK, it has been such a varied presentation of me as an actor. It is sometimes overwhelming, but never enough.” 

Probe him about his upcoming film RANG RASIYA, which is finally up for a release next week after overcoming few controversies, Hooda reveals, “RANG RASIYA will bring to life an icon, who is not known as an icon in our country, which is the sad part. Not sad because the people don't know it, but because the media is ignorant as well. I had to educate the media, about the guy who has had such a large contribution towards our culture. So I think it's one of my biggest roles in terms of character because he was a real Rockstar. He was a big nationalist and patriotic at a time when there was no India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. It was just one country. And at the same time, he was a man of colorful dispositions who had his affairs with his muses, and kept people entertained.”

Directed by Ketan Mehta, RANG RASIYA also stars Nandana Sen and is slated to release on November 7, 2014.

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