Randeep Hooda is one of the most talented actors in the industry today. Known for going to great lengths to get into the skin of the character, Randeep has mostly been known for unconventional roles. Therefore, it came as a little surprise when one got to know that he is playing the role of Raj in Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal.
The film is a story of love set in two different time zones. One in the 1990s and one in 2020. Randeep shared that in the movie, he plays the character of Raj, who meets Zoey in Udaipur and narrates his love story. Randeep is a metrosexual male who had his own share of the whirlwind romance-cum-separation story, which he narrates to the character played by Sara.
In the 1990s, Raj, Rahul, and Prem were popular character names but back then Randeep had opted out from playing these roles. However, he has now made an exception for this good friend Imtiaz Ali. Talking about the same, Randeep says, “When I came into the industry, and for the longest time that I was a part of it, Raj epitomized the conventional, stereotypical, romantic Bollywood hero at that time and the whole attempt was to never give in to the convention and find your own path and after 19 years of doing that finally Imtiaz puts me into a movie as Raj but, of course it had to be unconventional and I would have never done it for anybody but Imtiaz.” Imtiaz Ali had earlier shared the promo featuring Randeep with the caption, “Brother we saved the best for last”, to which Randeep replied, “after avoiding Raj for my whole career, only for your brother.”
This is the third time that Randeep Hooda has collaborated with Imtiaz Ali. The earlier two times were in Highway and Cocktail and it has been magical the first two times and even now people are expecting nothing less from the duo.