"The whole world was with me"
Rajpal Yadav has opened up on the support he received from Bollywood after he experienced a financial crisis.
The actor was jailed for three months after he failed to repay a Rs. 5 crore (£520,000) loan in 2018.
He revealed that he would not be where he is today if it was not for the support of his well-wishers.
Rajpal also recalled his days of struggle. He said that he used to walk across Mumbai looking for work because he could not afford public transport.
On the help he received during his difficult time, Rajpal said:
“I feel everyone should keep their doors open for others… How would I be here if people didn’t help me out?
“The whole world was with me, I had my beliefs to keep me going, I knew that I had all the support I needed.”
On his days of struggle, Rajpal elaborated:
“When you land up in Mumbai, an unfamiliar new city, where you share an auto with others to get to Borivali.
“Then, when you don’t have money for an auto, you walk to Juhu, Lokhandwala, Adarsh Nagar, Goregaon, sometimes even Bandra, carrying your photo with you, looking for some success, then what are you talking about?
“If life seems tough, the mission is easy. If life seems easy, the mission becomes tough.”
In relation to the loan default case, Rajpal Yadav said in 2018:
“There are three things. Either somebody invested Rs. 5 crore or somebody loaned this much money.
“The third thing is that Rajpal Yadav was involved in a fraud.
“Only one of these three things can be right. Please let me know which of these I am getting punished for.”
Rajpal had been in a legal battle with Delhi-based company Murli Projects.
The company filed a case against his company Shree Naurang Godavari Entertainment for failing to repay the loan.
The money had been taken by the actor in 2010 to make his directorial debut, Ata Pata Laapata.
Rajpal previously said: “For the past 15 years, I have not said anything in my defence. I don’t think negatively. I don’t know, who is negative or positive.
“But I know my work and where there is work, there is karma. I have done my karma from my childhood and I don’t know what is negative or positive.
“I don’t want to carry the burden of the past with me. Let people do what they have to do. If my work is liked, it will go ahead. It is all about life.
“Like every day, the sun’s rays are different, so is Rajpal Yadav.
“He is known for his creativity and has got the love of the audience. I have got a lot of love and I am very happy.”
On the work front, Rajpal will be seen in Hungama 2, a sequel to the 2003 comedy film.