Ques: We can't help but ask why FTII ka gulab jamun?
Raj Kumar Yadav: That's because Amrita thinks I am very sweet. I am a graduate from FTII. So, putting two and two together makes me FTII ka gulab jamun.
Ques: You are paired opposite Freida Pinto in her debut Bollywood film directed by Navdeep Singh. How is it to work with her?
Raj Kumar Yadav: Amazing! I have just met her and we are doing our workshops together. She is very humble and grounded. I was so surprised by that since she's made it in Hollywood. Freida could have become quite arrogant after the success of Slumdog Millionaire but she has her humility intact.
Ques: You have done a full monty for your role in Hansal Mehta's next. Do you have any inhibitions as an actor?
Raj Kumar Yadav: I should be convinced mentally. The scene is towards the end and by that time I was totally into my character. I told my director that in reality that's what would have happened to the guy. I wanted to feel the pain, the embarrassment and the anguish of my character. Hansal sir only indulged me as an actor.
Ques: The Rs 100 crore club is the in-thing. Do you ever see yourself as a part of it?
Raj Kumar Yadav: I want to be part of films that make Rs 5,000 crore! Frankly, I don't believe in this Rs 100- crore mantra. If we take films like Kahaani and Udaan, they didn't make Rs 100 crore but were great films. They would be appreciated in any part of the world. I feel Bollywood is restricting itself with this Rs 100 - Rs 200 crore mark. Look at Hollywood films like Avengers... they have earned Rs 3,000 - Rs 4,000 crore worldwide. We are an equally big industry and should now look at films that click universally. I want to be part of this evolving phase than work in films that rake in the moolah.
Ques: Do you believe that actors can be friends in Bollywood?
Raj Kumar Yadav: Yes, I have forged great friendships with all my directors and actors. Now, Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and I are buddies. It was the same with Bejoy Nambiar, Dibakar Banerjee and Gattu Sir (Abhishek Kapoor). In fact, Vikas Bahl is like a brother to me. All of us have our own space.