#AgainstAllOdds! Rajat Barmecha: After ‘Udaan’s success, I didn’t know how to handle fame – Times of India

Almost a decade in the past, a fictional character referred to as Rohan walked into our lives in Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Udaan’, and established a direct reference to the youth. However, Rajat Barmecha, who performed {the teenager} within the movie, disappeared from the silver display after his first style of success. But not one to let his title fade into oblivion, Rajat battled the chances to make a comeback within the internet-area. With MX Player’s ongoing sequence ‘Hey Prabhu’, Rajat has develop into the discuss-of-the-city. So a lot so, that the present was greenlit for a sequel and has just lately launched on MX Player too. ETimes spoke to the actor to discover out what he has been up to after ‘Udaan’, and this is what he had to say:

Looking again, how has the journey in showbiz been for you?

Honestly, the journey has been lovely. And I actually cannot be extra grateful for how issues are shaping up for me. I’ve learnt about how life may be; it can’t be stagnant or run on the identical tempo. So, even my skilled journey has been with its ups and downs, and I suppose I actually wanted that actuality examine. I bear in mind Vikramaditya Motwane, who directed me in ‘Udaan’, had as soon as informed me that it is good to get these phases of ups and downs as a result of the downs can train you a large number.

Right after ‘Udaan’, issues have been a little bit bumpy; it was not how I had deliberate. But then, I ultimately picked up, and in the present day, I have a lot gratitude for how my life has formed up professionally and personally too. I’ve grown a lot in these 5 years that I suppose it has been a really, very fulfilling journey for me, as an individual. I at all times consider appearing is only a half of Rajat Barmecha’s life, it can not make Rajat Barmecha entire. I have so many different issues I do and I like to do; I need to do it. So I suppose every part collectively has been actually, actually fulfilling.

We didn’t see a lot of you after ‘Udaan’s success…

I’ve at all times been low-key. Every yr, you’ll discover an article about me, which states: “Here’s what the ‘Udaan’ fame, Rajat Barmecha is up to”. I suppose two years in the past, there was an article that Anurag (Kashyap) sir had shared with me, saying that he’s actually actually proud of the journey that I am paving and never operating in a race.


You put a 20-yr-outdated boy, from a non-filmi background, from Delhi, who has no concept about how this trade works, as a lead actor in a movie, and it goes to the Cannes Film Festival and wins all of the awards. As a 20-yr-outdated, one would not know how it really works and how to handle fame. As a 20-yr-outdated, I thought my life was crammed with roses and that it is all chilled out. But then, ultimately, you perceive. The quantity of maturity I have is as a result of of that journey. God provides you issues precisely when you’re prepared to handle them. Everyone has their very own journey.

How are issues shaping up for you?

Honestly, we’ve been so eager into dashing issues and making it a giant deal, ruining the current as a result of one thing previously didn’t work out or one thing sooner or later won’t work out. This is how you really find yourself spoiling your current too. Why try this? Because, ultimately, every part will work out.


Things are occurring fantastically proper now. I began taking pictures for ‘Hey Prabhu’ within the 2020 pandemic. In 2021, it’s the first undertaking which is popping out. I’ve already signed two new initiatives. So, I suppose issues are good proper now. And I can recognize all of this as a result of I’ve seen my mess. So, now that is the rationale I know that this isn’t the one factor that makes me; there’s a lot extra to do in life.

What challenges do you face now?

I will not say challenges. It’s simply that I go along with vibes. If I learn a script, and it excites me sufficient, it’s a sure. Also, for me, individuals are essential. If there’s an individual with whom I’m not ethically aligned, or I have an issue with, then I will not do it. Even although I know a undertaking will likely be nice for me, I nonetheless do not do it as a result of I have to respect a director when I’m on a set. If I cannot respect the director, I don’t need to be on that set. Your ethics ought to be your major focus as a result of loads relies on that.


How do you’re taking care of psychological well being?

Buy cool hoodies…(laughs) But yeah, on a critical word, it is rather simple to get into that zone as an artist, take loads of strain and begin evaluating. Please have a detailed set of folks, with whom you possibly can share this stuff. Since childhood, we’ve been taught this one factor: ‘Be a man, don’t cry, hold your feelings to your self’. But it doesn’t work. There have been conditions, the place I’ve cried, fallen aside, and have learnt to decide myself up. It’s at all times essential to settle for your feelings, expertise it and transfer on. It’s principally so simple as that. Don’t hold it underneath wraps a lot that it begins affecting you. And if issues don’t work out, it’s completely high-quality to take skilled assist. A therapist is a stupendous factor to have. I suppose everybody ought to have classes at any time when they want as a result of that basically actually helps. Apart from that, travelling has helped me probably the most. When you are travelling you’re closest to your truest self.


What initiatives are you at present engaged on?

The current and probably the most fascinating one proper now could be ‘Hey Prabhu Season 2’. Because, within the pandemic, when issues weren’t occurring for anybody, it offered loads of pleasure to all these current on the units. So, I suppose it is essential for folks to watch it as a result of loads of folks have put in loads of arduous work into making it.

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