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    From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 24, Dated 18 June 2011
    CULTURE & SOCIETY  
    PSYCHOLOGIES

    ‘I would love to be born as Marlon Brando’

    WHO A graduate from Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India, Raj Kumar Yadav was a theatreperson before he forayed into Bollywood with Dibakar Banerjee’s Love, Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010. He was last seen in Ekta Kapoor’s horror flick Ragini MMS that had several critics praising his performance. He will be seen next in the thriller Shaitan.

    Raj kumar Yadav

    Raj kumar Yadav 26, Actor

    By Sahithya Jagannathan

    You were known to be quite notorious as a kid. What is the craziest thing you have done?
    I was a prankster as a kid and that made me infamous in school. Once, my friends and I went to watch Ghulam and decided to re-enact the famous train scene. So we went to a deserted railway track at night and stood on the tracks waiting for a train. My friends wanted to leave but I convinced them otherwise, saying if Aamir Khan could do it, so could we. As the train sped towards us, we jumped at the last moment.

    Did you always want to be an actor?
    As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut and travel to space. In retrospect, it was a child’s dream. It changed to acting as I grew up. My career choices have changed but the desire to reach for the skies haven’t (laughs).

    What would make for an alternative career choice?
    I don’t think I can do anything except acting. Even if I did try, I would be no good. So if films don’t work out for me, I’ll go back to theatre. I want to continue acting till the day I die.

    Do you believe in love at first sight?
    I don’t believe in the cliché of love at first sight, you can only get attracted to a woman in such a situation. Then I need time to get to know the person. I’m not interested in just the physicality. My kind of girl should be intelligent, have a thing for films and, of course, beautiful. I would prefer it in this order. Then again I have my own notion of beauty. I think Konkona Sen Sharma is very beautiful.

    You believe in rebirth. If you had a choice who do you want to be in your next birth?
    I would love to be born as Marlon Brando, the greatest actor the world has ever seen. If I had a choice, I would be an actor in each and every one of my seven lives.

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    From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 8, Issue 24, Dated 14 June 2011
 

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