By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Freida Pinto, in her Bollywood debut, plays a female detective in a road thriller entitled NH10 with Kai Po Che’s talented Raj Kumar Yadav.
Flooded with roles, the talented Raj Kumar Yadav has just signed Navdeep Singh’s new film where Freida Pinto makes her Bollywood debut as detective out to crack a complex case.
Raj Kumar Yadav has been roped in place of Navdeep’s best friend Abhay Deol.
“It’s a film entitled NH10 meaning National Highyway No 10. It will be shot around Delhi.I signed the film because I am a great fan of Navdeep’s Manorama Six Feet Under. Having Freida Pinto as my co-star is definitely interesting,” says Raj Kumar whose next release is Vikas Behl’s Queen opposite Kangna Ranaut.
Coincidentally, the producers of NH10 and Queen are the same, Phantom.
Says Raj Kumar, “I share a great comfort level with the Queen team. That helped me to make up my mind about doing the film. But the clincher was the director Navdeep.Ever since I saw Manorama Six Feet Under I wanted to work with him.”
At the moment, Raj Kumar is looking forward to the release of his next film Hansal Mehta’s Shahid where he plays the real-life lawyer Sahid Azmi.
“It’s a film that will benefit immensely from the success of Kai Po Che.It’s an important film for me personally as an actor and also for what it has to say,” says Raj Kumar.
Critics and the audience have noted the vast leap in Raj Kumar’s versatality quotient from his first two major films Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Ragini MMS where he was a horny bastard who couldn’t wait to drag the girl into bed, to the shy polite gentle chap in Kai Po Che who flinches when the girl touches him.
Laughs Raj Kumar, “Yes, people have noticed the contrast in my roles. I am happy to be part of Kai Po Che. The twitter is filled with praise. I now need to proceed with extreme caution. I don’t want to do the wrong roles.”