Randeep Hooda on why he rejected Hollywood roles before Extraction
When the news of Chris Hemsworth aka Thor starring in an action-packed Netflix Original, Extraction, dropped, the world sat up and took notice. Sam Hargrave, the man credited as the stunt coordinator for several films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was going to don the director’s hat for the first time with this one. And Joe Russo, of the Russo Brothers, director of Avengers: Endgame, was going to script and produce it. Extraction had our attention.
And then came the news of Randeep Hooda being roped in for a ‘pivotal role’ in Extraction. Apprehensions about it being just a blink-and-you-miss role were natural. We’ve seen Irrfan’s Simon Masrani in Jurrasic World or Anil Kapoor’s Brij Nath in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. But as Extraction changes the stereotypical portrayal of Indians as either business tycoons or nerds, Randeep changes his persona, as it were, to fit into the role of Saju.
Saju is a parallel lead alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Tyler Rake, a description Randeep brushes aside as “a very Indian way of saying it”. Whatever we call it, it was enough to truly put Indian actors and realistic stories from the subcontinent, that aren’t only about poverty, on the world map.
Connecting to IndiaToday.in over the phone, Randeep talks about how action is perceived in Bollywood vs Hollywood, why he rejected several Hollywood offers before Extraction, and life in lockdown. And, of course, about the Salman Khan-starrer Radhe.