For all those who feel that Bollywood actors come with their own set of nakhras, need to think again! Actor Rajesh Kumar, who worked with actor Tiger Shroff in Punit Malhotra’s Student of the Year 2, says that the latter is very easy to work with. “It’s a treat to watch and a lot to learn from Tiger. He, as a human being, has inspired me a lot because with the dedication, he lives his life itself is so inspiring for everyone. Everyone should live the way he lives. Zero starry tantrums, no attitude, disciplined to that level where he sleeps around 8.30 -9 pm and gets up at 5 am in the morning and works out. His diet, his exercise routine, his commitment to work…you can’t question anything. He is just there for the film and is always there where preparation is needed. He is absolutely intense about himself. He is not careless and is intense yet relaxed,” he says.
Rajesh played Tiger’s chacha in the film and loved it. “It was nice and lovely because this guy is a fraud pandit and he has to raise Tiger because he doesn’t have any parents. I enjoyed myself because it was a happy-go-lucky character. Not much of preparation was required because it was somewhat what I am in real life. So, it was fun,” he says, adding, “I was shooting for another project in Delhi when I got a call from the team and they had asked me to perform a scene. It was like a cake walk for me because Punit Malhotra already had in his head that he wanted me to play chacha. So, he had a word with the casting people.”
Talking about future plans, he says, “There are a lot of openings for actors like me. I would like to do films of different genres. Maybe films like actors such as Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal do. I believe I can justify these kinds of roles, which are meaningful in cinema and have a lot to do with performance. I would love to play a character who has a lot to do and has a mix of comedy and a negative shade. In short, performance-oriented roles.”