Raj Kumar,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,” he told PTI.
The 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.
“‘City 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.