In an interview to a leading news agency, Rajkumar Rao said, "A good script is rare to come by. 80 per cent of what we get is plain boring or conventional. Aligarh is one of the most beautifully written scripts ever. I can't say no to a story like this nor can I do anything (bad) to my craft."
Aligarh is a true story based on the life of Aligarh Muslim University professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended because of his s**ual orientation.
"I am uncomfortable with how gay people are shown in comedies and films... I don't agree with it. I anyway have a problem with anything that is caricaturist or over-the-top in nature. Aligarh is an important film because it shows these people like anyone else,'' Rajkumar Rao said.
The actor said, "I knew we were making something very important. This would make people talk about the issue. As an artiste there was no hesitancy on my part. We wanted to tell this story with full conviction."
"My character is based on this guy called Deepu Sebastian. I spoke to him a number of times, tried to figure out his way of working. He was very open about everything, supportive and was all for the cause and the movie," he revealed.
Rajkumar Rao further said, "He shared many recorded interviews with me which helped me pick his accent. I got a commitment and energy from him that I tried putting in my character. I could not meet him at that time though."
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