Superstars do not guarantee success
Mumbai: Raj Kumar Yadav, whose film
'Shahid' on human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi recently hit screens, feels
that having a superstar on board for promoting or presenting a movie does
not necessarily guarantee success.
Much before the film released
superstar Aamir Khan had seen the trailer of the film and decided to
support the movie.
The actor-filmmaker had also posted the film
trailer on his official Facebook page.
"Every film has its own
destiny. We were happy when he (Aamir) supported our film. But I feel
having a superstar doesn’t guarantee success. We have seen in the past
films of superstar have not done well commercially.. So there is no
guarantee. We are proud of the film," said Raj Kumar.
29-year-old played the central character of Shahid in Hansal Mehta's film
which released on October 18 and was made at a budget of Rs 86 lakh and
has approximately earned Rs 3.40 crore.
"We were confident while
making the film. We are happy with the response that we are getting for
'Shahid' and my hard work is appreciated. Even Shahid Azmi's family have
liked the film, it feels nice. Commercial success is definitely important
for any actor but I would want both respect and commercial success of
films," he added.
The actor agrees that the recently concluded Mumbai Academy of Moving
Images (MAMI) did hamper the business of 'Shahid' as movie buffs were busy
watching films at the festival here.
But he also seems
optimistic as the film is still running in cinema houses and audiences can
go and watch it.
Raj Kumar will be seen next opposite Kangana
Ranaut in 'Queen', a comedy-drama directed by Vikas Bahl and 'City Lights'
by Ajay Bahl of 'B A Pass' fame.
"In 'Queen' Kangana and I play
a couple who later have some problem in their relationship. It is a sweet,
cute love story. I had great time working with her, she is senior to me
work wise but she never made me feel it. He made me feel comfortable and
respects my work. She is talented and grounded and I think 'Queen' is
going to be her best film and performance," Raj Kumar said.
Lights' is about a couple from a small town of Himachal Pradesh coming to
Mumbai. I am looking forward to both the films," he added.
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