Actor Rajkummar Rao, the trailer of whose new film Trapped is currently the centre of much attraction, has said that he survived on coffee and carrots for 20-odd days to look the part.
Trapped, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane who made Udaan and Lootera, is a survival drama starring Rajkummar as a man who becomes imprisoned in his own apartment in a high-rise.
Achieving the physical transformation required was hard, the 32-year-old actor said at the launch of the trailer of Trapped in Mumbai on Wednesday. "It was physically and mentally exhausting for me to live in that space for almost 18-20 days, to eat nothing. Trust me, it's scary to hell. If you don't eat for two days you feel so frustrated, angry on everything," Rao said.
His is the latest extreme transformation after actors like Aamir Khan and Randdep Hooda gained and/or dropped weight for their films Dangal and Sarbjit.
He also said that he has no 'control' over the box office and that stardom is something you achieve by 'accident.' Rajkummar Rao is the star of films such as Aligarh and Queen and won the National Award for Best Actor for his performance in 2013's Shahid.
"Being a star is accidental. You can be a star with one film but what about your next ten films? So my job is just to be constant and be honest towards my craft which I try. Being a star is the by-product of your work. I hope we have a 'star actor' since you're saying there are 'stars' and 'actors,'" he said.
Rajkummar Rao, who made his debut in the 2010 anthology Love Sex Aur Dhokha, doesn't fret about the numbers his films will fetch. "That (box office) is something which is not under my control, I can't help it. So there is no point thinking about it and feeling sad or happy. My only job is to act and play the character truthfully and honestly," he said.
He also revealed that he makes no distinction between mainstream and independent cinema. "I think that line between indie cinema and commercial is thinning. There isn't not much a difference between them. If you put four songs and one item number, it will become a commercial film. I really don't differentiate between a commercial or an indie film. For me it's the story which matters and the filmmakers," Rao added.
Trapped releases on March 17.