I Have Never Called Myself A Hero Because I Have Seen Real Heroes In My Life- Rajpal Yadav
Rajpal Yadav is a fabulous actor gifted with impeccable comic timing. He has a flair for comedy and has displayed his talent in many movies like Hungama, Chup Chup Ke, Waqt- The Race Against Time, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Main, Meri Patni Aur…Woh. He also displayed his negative streak in Ram Gopal Varma’s Jungle.
The actor talked about his journey in Bollywood and his initial days of struggle in a recent interview with The Times Of India. “I left no stone unturned to earn a living,” he says. On being probed about his break in Bollywood he revealed, “I came to Mumbai in 1997. I used to visit the offices of various directors and production houses, including those of Ram Gopal Varma, Mahesh Bhatt, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and Prakash Jha. I was so regular at RGV’s office that watchman outside his office had started recognizing my face.”
Rajpal Yadav further said that Ram Gopal Varma was making School at that time. “I, along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and others, got one scene each in the film. I got the role of a coolie and had a three-line dialogue. Hundreds of people were gathered at the railway station while we were shooting, and I got such good response that the three-line dialogue became a thirteen-line dialogue,” he laughs.
“I have done about 17 films with Ram Gopal Varma. Only RGV was brave enough to offer me a lead role in Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon. The role he gave me in Jungle changed my image in the eyes of the audience. The year when Hrithik Roshan got the Best Actor award for Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, I received an award for the Best Performance in a Negative role,” he says.
“There was a time when I used to complete 1 project, land at the Mumbai airport, take the other packed suitcase my wife would send from home with fresh clothes and take off for another project from there itself. I once took an offer to be part of a film that was an adaptation of Munshi Premchand’s Kafan and had to shoot in a village near Lucknow,” he says. He recalls that he had to live in a worn-out house, which was covered with dust. “When I used to get up in the morning, I had particles of sand in my nose. It was that bad! Shooting there was very challenging, but I never once complained about anything. I didn’t even tell my family anything about it. This, at a time when even staff of actors used to get rooms in 3-star hotels. My staff thought I was crazy to accept such an offer,” he rues.
“I have never called myself a hero because I have seen real heroes. Right from the person who cleans glass windows in tall buildings, to the one who has carved a perfect tunnel out of a mountain, to the genius Einstein- they are all real heroes. I am just a zero when I compare myself to them,” he humbly signs off.