After covering the romcom, Bareily Ki Barfi, which also features Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao will move to Chandigarh for Namrata Singh Gujral’s Hollywood film, 5 Weddings.
It also features Nargis Fakhri, along with Bo Derek, the Golden Globe nominee for the ’79 breakthrough film, 10, and Oscar nominee (American Graffiti) Candy Clark. Rajkummar is understandably thrilled to be expanding his boundaries to explore the West.
Speaking about his role, a visibly excited Rajkummar Rao said that after Namrata Singh saw some of his work on Netflix and other platforms, her production house approached him to play the leading man who works with the Punjab police. He added that the film is basically a journey of life which will be symbolised by the ups and downs of a wedding celebration. He also added that the film will also deal about many perspectives like life, death, lost love, transgender tangles, cultural clashes and politics.
Besides 5 Weddings, Rajkummar Rao will also be seen in the rom-com Bareily Ki Barfi, which also features Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana.
“Namrata saw some of my work on Netflix and other platforms following which the production house approached me to play the leading man who’s a cynical cop with Punjab Police.
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Harbhajan is assigned to escort Nargis’s character, an Indian girl raised in the US who has come down to India to do a magazine feature on Indian weddings. What had seemed like a simple assignment turns complicated thanks to this cop who is convinced it’s an espionage operation,” the actor informs with a chuckle.
Prod him on whether 5 Weddings is along the lines of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding and he quips that while Mira’s film revolves around just one wedding, this one shuttles between five. “It’s a journey of life symbolised by the ups and downs of a wedding celebration. It also talks about life, death, lost love, transgender tangles, cultural clashes and even politics,” Raj says.
Will one of the five weddings be Nargis’s and his? “That’s a secret for now,” grins the actor who after David Womark’s Indo-American production, Love Sonia, with Hollywood actress Demi Moore is overwhelmed to be working with two other A-listers, Clark and Bo Derek, so early in his career. “The next schedule will be in Los Angeles.”
For now though he will be based in Bareilly for Bareily Ki Barfi where he had earlier shot Aligarh. Produced by Junglee Pictures and BR Pictures, the love story which starts in a sweet shop is being directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Raj who instantly agreed to do the film a long time ago describes it as “one of the most entertaining scripts I have heard”.
He goes on to add that though he has known characters like the one he has played in Queen before, this time he’s not in familiar territory and that adds to the fun. But before he takes off to Bareily, Rajkummar plans to take off to bring in his birthday on August 31.
“I’ll just wake up and catch a flight to someplace where I can be at peace. Last time I was in no-network Ladakh and it was pure bliss,” he signs off.