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Shahid Kapoor reveals drama behind his new film's title

December 1, 2013

YellowBrix

Dec. 01--Shahid Kapoor latest movie 'R....Rajkumar' tells the tale of a small-time, caught up in a life of crime.

"TWO WEEKS AGO I thought it was going to be called Rambo Rajkumar," said the lead of the upcoming Bollywood romp, Shahid Kapoor."The Rambo guys just didn't let us have it. So, the director called to discuss what we should call it. 'We could just leave it as R... Rajkumar,' he said. So we did. We make a joke about it in the movie."

In Dubai recently, along with co-star Sonakshi Sinha, to drum up publicity for his December 5 release, Shahid has not had the best of luck recently, delivering consecutive flops with Teri Meri Kahaani and Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Despite these setbacks, the 32-year old maintains that this first venture with premium choreographer-director Prabhu Deva will not only present a new side to his acting, but the audience is bound to go see a Deva production knowing full well to expect action and romance, topped will a huge slice of extra strong cheddar.

"When it comes to the space his films come in, he (Deva) is the best," Shahid said. "The genre can go completely wrong, but he knows just how much to tweak it so it's entertaining.

"It's a new space for me. It's a lot of action, about 50 days in sultry and hot conditions, but so much fun."

R... Rajkumar charts the tale of a small-time rogue, embroiled in a life of crime. Hell bent on raising the ranks in the nefarious underworld, his ambitions go askew when he catches sight of Sonakshi's character Chanda, making winning her heart his ambition.

Shahid explained his role: "The dude is extremely hard as a character. He's from a small town, a violent background. He completely loses the plot when he sees this one girl.

"Every time he gets into a situation, he sees Sonakshi and forgets what he is supposed to do. At its heart, it's a love story, but he's an angry character. There are two clearly different shades to him."

Those opposing sides to Rajkumar's persona are no more apparent than in the trailer, available to watch on YouTube. On the one hand, he's a high-kicking part Bruce Lee martial arts expert, part Jason Statham hard-man; on the other hand he's an (admittedly juvenile) unrelenting pest, willing to suffer a few slaps in pursuit of the object of his affection.

Would that type of behaviour ever endear Sonakshi to a suitor in real life?

"Nobody has ever tried in this intense way," she replied.

"My reaction would be the same. I'd slap them. If he kissed me like his character does, then I'd kick him. It's okay to be like that in movies, but it's a bit creepy in real life. We are only trying to sell entertainment. It's quirky and cute when we discover they will do anything for each other."

Chanda looks to be another in the long list of 'Desi-Girl' parts for Sonakshi. A sari-wearing, feisty, yet ultimately damsel-in-distress character, it was put to the actress whether she would enjoy branching out. Taking the Jennifer Lawrence vehicle The Hunger Games as an example of a female-driven action film, Sonakshi explained: "I would love to do something like that! I don't know if we're (Indian society) ready. It is a very male dominated industry. People want heroes, not so much heroines. Some of our male actors today have reached their status because of that. If it happens, I want to be part of it."

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