Rajat Barmecha: ‘After Udaan’s success, I had no work for a few years’


Rajat Barmecha continues to be popularly often called the Udaan star however the movie didn’t show to be the launchpad that he had anticipated. In an interview with indianexpress.com, the actor says that it was actually the OTT area which gave him monetary stability.

As the actor will get prepared for the launch of MX Player’s Hey Prabhu season 2, he speaks about his character Tarun Prabhu, working within the second installment of the sequence, and his journey within the business.

Was it simple for you to get into the pores and skin of Tarun Prabhu, a individual whose job and life revolves round social media?

I am not from the technology the place placing out your emotions on social media platform was a factor. So, to get into that psyche of a individual like that was a job. But I am observant of individuals round me and I have seen how the brand new technology behaves.

Today, social media has develop into like a strategy to validate a individual’s existence. What’s your tackle it? How do you deal with trolls?

I take care of them (trolls) my very own means. I learn the feedback however I don’t reply. At occasions, I come into my Zen mode and provides them accha khaas gyaan.

I am a spontaneous individual (on social media). I additionally reply to individuals who ship me heat messages. I nonetheless get beautiful messages for Udaan. Three days in the past, I received a message from a man who wrote ‘I love you and your work, and I know you are straight but I had to tell you.’ I discovered it cute. So, I replied.

Also, I was studying about you and received to know that you just landed up in Mumbai to pursue jewelry designing. What attracted you to performing?

I all the time wished to be an actor. In my childhood, we used to have this slambooks to fill. In the part the place it reads – what you wish to be – I all the time wrote an actor with out even realizing what it means or what it takes to be an actor.

For me, again then, it (being an actor) meant making a lot of cash, see myself within the newspaper and folks attending to know me. But after twelfth, I took up Hotel Management. Later, got here to Mumbai to pursue jewelry designing. In reality, I additionally labored at a diamond manufacturing unit for 3-4 weeks. But I knew I wasn’t meant for that job. That is when I determined to provide performing a shot and began auditioning. And I ended up getting my debut movie Udaan.

In 2020, web-space noticed a large increase. What do you’re feeling about that?

In 2020, all the pieces modified — from the content material to the platform to folks’s viewing habits. People who had by no means watched an OTT platform, subscribed and located themselves hooked. It occurred as a result of theatres had been shut. It gained a lot prominence additionally as a result of folks realised how enjoyable and comfy watching content material on OTT at house was. However, cinema has a appeal and I am positive they are going to go hand in hand.

For a lot on the market, you’re nonetheless the Udaan man. Walk down the reminiscence lane and inform us what the celebrity felt like?

When we had been taking pictures, no one knew us. People knew Anurag (Kashyap) and Vikramditya (Motwane) however they weren’t as in style as they’re now. So, even these two (Anurag and Vikramaditya) had been within the section of rising again then.

Back then, all I wished that the movie releases and folks recognize my work. I didn’t need anybody to query my talent as an actor. I hadn’t acted earlier than so I was doing (onscreen) solely what I felt at that second.

Till April 15 2009, we had no concept how huge the movie will develop into. It is the day our movie received chosen for Cannes International Film Festival, which turned a huge deal for everybody however me as a result of I didn’t know a lot in regards to the movie pageant. I was extra enthusiastic about going to France. But in fact, ultimately, the movie premiered, we obtained a standing ovation, and that’s when it began to sink in that I did one thing worthy. So, that was my realisation of being heading in the right direction.

Was it onerous to get a follow-up success?

It is totally different with totally different folks. My first mission got here to me in a 12 months and a half of being in Mumbai. But for me, to grasp the business and get future tasks was powerful as a result of for a few years, nothing got here to me. During that interval, I thought to myself that everybody praised me for Udaan, they known as me a good actor however nonetheless I had no work. But fortunately, all of it labored out. So, I am in a candy spot in the present day.

Ever thought that you need to have debuted now when OTT is on a rise and new faces are getting alternatives?

Not in any respect. Udaan turned what it turned as a result of it got here in 2010. It may have been a greater launch now. Things may have been totally different. But I have a look at the brighter facet. If it will have launched now, I wouldn’t have been a a part of it. Also, Udaan was the primary Indian movie to premiere at Cannes in 17 years. So, it turned one other milestone for us. So, it’s going to stay particular.

You had been one of many firsts to take a plunge within the net area. How has been the expansion for you? Has OTT gave you area to develop as an actor?

The largest factor net gave me was monetary stability. Me stepping into net simply occurred. It was by no means a plan. I had no concept. I did a present in 2015, produced by Anand Tiwari. He known as me for a cameo. So, I did the function. I had no expectations with it. But there was no wanting again for me since then.

I have seen large progress within the net area. In the start, folks used to distinguish between OTT and theatres. It was regarded down upon. But that isn’t the case anymore. The manufacturing worth has additionally doubled. There is a large change on the units too. Now, a sequence is as huge as a movie. There is no distinction.

Rajat’s Hey Prabhu season 2 will stream on MX Player from March 26 onwards.


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