Slow and steady wins the race

Randeep Hooda reveals reason behind sluggish progress in Bollywood

Ians April 16, 2016
Hooda will next be seen in Laal Rang, releasing April 22. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Actor Randeep Hooda shared that being straightforward is the reason behind his slow progress in the Indian film industry. In an interview for his upcoming film Laal Rang, the actor claimed that his humour is often misunderstood and frowned upon.

“I am outspoken and that is the reason I have had a slow progress in the industry. I try to be diplomatic but you can get the boy out of Haryana but not the Haryana out of the boy,” said Randeep. “People don’t understand my humour and misunderstand me. Sooner or later, they know I mean no harm and I am a good man.”

About the success he has found in the film industry despite being an outsider, Hooda said, “Actors can deal with failure but they don’t know how to deal with success. How to fake humbleness and fake respect — the industry kids know it very well.” The Kick star went on to say that he cannot do such things. “I achieved success on my own and that has brought about a different confidence.”

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Hooda, who started out with films like D and Monsoon Wedding, is in a good place right now, having delivered critically acclaimed films such as Highway and Rang Rasiya, as well as commercial successes such as Kick. He is also a part of some big upcoming projects such as Sarbjit and the Salman Khan starrer Sultan. The actor will next be seen as a part of a ‘blood mafia’ from Haryana in the upcoming relationship drama Laal Rang. Directed by Syed Ahman Afzal, the film also stars Akshay Oberoi and Pia Bajpai in prominent roles and is slated to release on April 22. 

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2016.

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