Raj Kumar Yadav, 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
"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
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 nserior 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.