This Article is From Oct 15, 2013

Raj Kumar Yadav: The nude scene in Shahid was my idea

Raj Kumar Yadav: The nude scene in Shahid was my idea

Raj Kumar says that he was left emotionally drained after filming the scene and it took some time to get out of his character.

Highlights

  • Actor Raj Kumar Yadav says he volunteered to do the naked interrogation scene in Shahid, based on the life of slain lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, as he wanted to feel the character's pain and humiliation.
  • The 29-year-old Kai Po Che! star said he was left emotionally drained after filming the scene and took some time to get out of his character.
  • "I am very proud of the film... It has been made with a lot of love and honesty. It was an emotionally draining experience. There were moments where I had to push myself down into his psyche and it took me some time to get out of it. But there are few things of Shahid which I am going to carry forever, including his ideology," Raj Kumar said.
  • On being one of the few Bollywood actor to bare it all on-screen, Raj Kumar said, "That scene was never planned to be like that... It was a very normal one on paper but there was something missing. So I told Hansal that I should be absolutely naked in the interrogation scene. My reason was to feel the embarrassment, the mental pain of the character."
  • Raj Kumar spent a lot of time with Shahid's family especially his younger brother, Khalid, to get into the skin of the character. He says the sense of responsibility while playing the role pushed him towards depicting Shahid with perfection.
  • "When you play a character which is fictional you can interpret it in your own way... But playing a real character comes with a lot of responsibility. In case of Shahid his family is still there, they are going to watch the film and everyone is going to judge you. So as an actor you have to put in your 100 per cent. I tried to know him as much as I could, emotionally, mentally, physically," the actor said.
  • Directed by Hansal Mehta, Shahid is being produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and Disney-UTV, which is releasing the film in theatres this Friday.
  • Before its India release, Shahid travelled to various festivals overseas including the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival.
  • Raj Kumar is also thankful to the stars who turned down this role and calls it sheer luck that Shahid came to him.
  • "I believe every actor gets 4-5 movies in his lifetime which he can be really proud of and I think Shahid is one of them for me. I had no apprehension, I was actually very moved. If you see the story from an actor's perspective, it was a really great character to portray on-screen."
  • Raj Kumar started his career with 2010 release Love Sex aur Dhokha and went on to do films like Ragini MMS, Shaitan, Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2, Chittagong, Talaash and Kai Po Che!.
  • He has constantly tried to strike a balance between commercial and independent cinema, which Raj Kumar says he will continue doing as he doesn't want to restrict himself as an actor.
  • "I am absolutely open to doing commercial cinema. I am doing Queen which is a love story of sorts. I have always believed in not restricting myself. But the story should make sense to me which is why I am being very careful in choosing my projects," Raj Kumar said.
New Delhi: Actor Raj Kumar Yadav says he volunteered to do the naked interrogation scene in Shahid, based on the life of slain lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, as he wanted to feel the character's pain and humiliation.

The 29-year-old Kai Po Che! star said he was left emotionally drained after filming the scene and took some time to get out of his character.

"I am very proud of the film... It has been made with a lot of love and honesty. It was an emotionally draining experience. There were moments where I had to push myself down into his psyche and it took me some time to get out of it. But there are few things of Shahid which I am going to carry forever, including his ideology," Raj Kumar said.

On being one of the few Bollywood actor to bare it all on-screen, Raj Kumar said, "That scene was never planned to be like that... It was a very normal one on paper but there was something missing. So I told Hansal that I should be absolutely naked in the interrogation scene. My reason was to feel the embarrassment, the mental pain of the character."

Raj Kumar spent a lot of time with Shahid's family especially his younger brother, Khalid, to get into the skin of the character. He says the sense of responsibility while playing the role pushed him towards depicting Shahid with perfection.

"When you play a character which is fictional you can interpret it in your own way... But playing a real character comes with a lot of responsibility. In case of Shahid his family is still there, they are going to watch the film and everyone is going to judge you. So as an actor you have to put in your 100 per cent. I tried to know him as much as I could, emotionally, mentally, physically," the actor said.

Directed by Hansal Mehta, Shahid is being produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and Disney-UTV, which is releasing the film in theatres this Friday.

Before its India release, Shahid travelled to various festivals overseas including the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and Dubai International Film Festival.

Raj Kumar is also thankful to the stars who turned down this role and calls it sheer luck that Shahid came to him.

"I believe every actor gets 4-5 movies in his lifetime which he can be really proud of and I think Shahid is one of them for me. I had no apprehension, I was actually very moved. If you see the story from an actor's perspective, it was a really great character to portray on-screen."

Raj Kumar started his career with 2010 release Love Sex aur Dhokha and went on to do films like Ragini MMS, Shaitan, Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2, Chittagong, Talaash and Kai Po Che!.

He has constantly tried to strike a balance between commercial and independent cinema, which Raj Kumar says he will continue doing as he doesn't want to restrict himself as an actor.

"I am absolutely open to doing commercial cinema. I am doing Queen which is a love story of sorts. I have always believed in not restricting myself. But the story should make sense to me which is why I am being very careful in choosing my projects," Raj Kumar said.