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ANUJ KUMAR
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CINEMA Randeep Hooda talks about his latest release Murder 3

The rustic charmerRandeep Hooda
The rustic charmerRandeep Hooda

Coming out of the shadows, Randeep Hooda is emerging as one of the most sought after actors in the industry. Once considered a limited actor who is arrogant about his talent, today he is doing films across the banner divide. Be it Karan Johar or Sajid Nadiadwala, the Haryana boy is now part of the big game. This week he is leading the charge in Vishesh Bhatt’s Murder 3 , where the Bhatts have opted for Randeep over their favourite Emraan Hashmi.

An official adaptation of Spanish film La Cara Oculta (‘The Hidden Face’), Randeep says he watched the original before accepting the project. “The basic plot remains the same but song and dance and little bit of drama has been added. It is a massy product and I don’t mind this kind of tinkering to reach out to a larger audience. Also, the Murder franchise is known for its good music and we are carrying it forward.”

Cast opposite the talented Aditi Rao Hydari and newcomer Sara Loren, Randeep says the film is trying to say that monogamy is not the one shoe that fits all. “It asks if it is okay to spy on your partner. I mean all that concerns a modern-day couple.” Or one can say all that stuff that happens in a Mahesh Bhatt production! Randeep points out that this is a slightly toned down version as far as the Murder series is concerned. “Unlike the previous two films in the series, the film has got a U/A certificate. I won’t say that there is no bold element but it is aesthetically done.”

This time, he says, he has to restrain his heroic side and let the story take over. “As an actor I always surrender myself to the script but more often than not I am cast to make an impact. Here I was asked to flow with the story because the crucial mystery element has to be kept under the wraps.”

Randeep was noticed for his character in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster and Jannat 2 , where he outshone his fellow actors by completely merging with the mood of the theme. “I tried to add a little rustic nuance to the characters for my own satisfaction. I enjoyed the experience.” But it made him stand out so much that you start finding faults with others sharing the screen space with him. “If the audience feel that it renders my co-actors out of tune with the subject then it is something the directors should look into.”

It also raises the point of ethnicity playing a role in a performance. “Ideally, an actor should be able to play characters of different ethnicities but it depends on how much you have travelled and grasped the traits. I would like to believe that I did a good job of a Mumbai boy in ‘D’ and now I am again playing a Mumbai boy from lower echelons of the society in Shooter .”

These days he is quite candid about the physical side of love in his interviews. Randeep insists it is not for getting noticed. “I feel that I am honest in my interviews and I have no qualms in letting people know my views. As for perceptions, I like doing things my way. If I will lose out at least I will have the satisfaction that lost out doing what I thought was right.” Is it the arrogant side raring to go again? “I have seen enough downs. So it doesn’t affect me anymore.” For now he is gearing up for Karan Johar’s episode that the director is contributing to the film being made to mark 100 years of cinema. “Then I have another Karan production Ungli and soon I will be sharing space with Salman Khan in Kick .”

ANUJ KUMAR

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