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I romance my roles: Randeep Hooda
Debarati Palit Singh | Sunday, 5 June 2016 AT 02:42 PM IST
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Randeep Hooda while promoting Do Lafzo Ki Kahaani talks about the film, Sarbjit and why he liked doing different kind of films  

It’s just been two weeks since Sarbjit released and Randeep Hooda is already busy promoting his next with Deepak Tijori -- Do Lafzo Ki Kahaani. The film, releasing on June 10, stars Kajal Agarwal as the female lead.

During his visit to Sakal Times office with Kajal, Randeep described Do Lafzon... as a simple love story. “It’s about two lonely souls and how, because of fate, they find each other and develop a bond of friendship. They are about to get married and then discover what fate actually meant for them,” he says.

He adds that Do Lafzo... is his most commercial film till date. “There are love songs in the film and I am playing this guy who can walk through without opening the doors. But it’s my most shy and soft role, so to speak. It’s a U/A film and even children can watch it. Very few of my films are U/A (laughs).”       

We haven’t seen Randeep play a die-hard romantic before but the actor maintains that he had done a romantic film titled Ru Ba Ru. “I have been telling everyone that Do.. is my first bonafide love story but the director messaged saying, ‘Your first?’ Now Ru Ba Ru looks like it was in another lifetime and another career after which I had no work for three years. In my second innings, this is my first romantic film.”

Claiming that all his roles have been romantic, Randeep says,“I don’t need women to romance because I  romance my roles. Even in Sarbjit, I played a romantic character because he used to write letters to his wife. In that film, the focus was not on romance, but Do Lafzon... is all about love. As far as love stories go, they are the best stories in the world.”  

Do Lafzo... is a remake of a Korean film titled Always and Randeep maintains that he had liked the original film. “I was hoping that somebody would get the rights in India and then Deepak approached me with the script. I was like, ‘Did I think out loud’ (laughs). The story is very Indian at heart.”

So Do Lafzo... must have been a cake walk for him after Sarbjit, we ask. “Not at all. There was a 30 kg difference between the two films. Luckily I did Do Lafzo... before Sarbjit. Losing 30 kg of muscle mass is not an easy task nor is it healthy. For Sarbjit, where I played the role of a prisoner, I had to starve myself but the focus was on the emotional content. But for Do Lafzo..., where I play the role of a mixed martial arts wrestler, I had to do two hours of mix martial arts, two hours of body building, several hours of eating between hell and sleep with painkillers for six months to gain strength and weight. Then, while shooting, the real fighting scenes were tough and the fighters would give you a good smack every now and then.”  

His fans are also hoping that Randeep would win all major awards this year (for portraying Sarabjit) but the actor maintains that only time will tell. “I have approached the role with the same sincerity that I give to each of my roles. Yes, because of extreme situations in the film, it has been highlighted to a certain level. It is definitely one of my better characters. The biggest reward came when Sarabjit’s entire family appreciated my role and his elder sister wanted me to be present during her last rites. Bachchan saab gave me a pat on my back with a personal note. There is nothing you can give me beyond that,” he adds.    

This year has been quite busy for Randeep so far. It started with Syed Ahmad Afzal’s Laal Rang, Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit, Do Lafzo.. and then Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan. “I just hope it’s four and I haven’t forgotten a film I have worked in. Sarbjit was a quick affair as we completed the film in a month which shouldn’t be the case with a film of that nature but then I am not the director,” he says.

While most actors do not want to play anything less than the lead, Randeep is one of the few mainstream actors who does not shy away from taking on characters roles (Kick and Sultan). “In Kick, I had a great role. Getting a kick-ass role in a Salman Khan film is rare. In Sultan, it’s a much smaller role as I just pep things up and leave. I am a mainstream actor in a way, but I have always found things to do. While I have done Kick, Jannat, and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai which are mainstream, I have also done off beat films like Bombay Talkies, Highway and Sahib Biwi aur Gangster.

As an actor, I should be able to do different things. There is a certain way in which I approach my work - you have to be honest, be it a commercial or a non-commercial film, theatre, or television” he says.

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