Mumbai: Actor Randeep Hooda, who plays the role of Charles Sobhraj in his next film, says he empathised with the serial killer but did not feel sorry for him. 'Main Aur Charles', a thriller drama, is inspired by true events and told from the perspective of renowned Indian cop, Amod Kanth, who handled the case of notorious serial killer Charles Sobhraj.
"I empathise with him... How you can you play acharacter without empathising with it. I did not feel sorry for him at all. I think he knows what he is doing. It is strange as I feel he is around and understands what I am doing. So that is the kind of omnipresence this character has," Randeep told reporters here at the trailer launch of 'Main Aur Charles'.
The 39-year-old actor says he would like to show the film to Amod Kanth. "We got exclusive (material) so we did not want to disturb them (Charles'family). Our whole thing comes from thecharge sheet that was filed and the research we did," Randeep said. "We got all the information from Amod Kanth as this is his account of the jail break of Sobhraj. I would like to personally make Kanth watch the film so that we can show how accurate it is," he said. The 'Highway' actor thinks Sobhraj is good at human relations.
"Charles is good at human relations. He says that as long as people are involved in anything, he will get out of any situation. He has mastered human relationship and human interaction that sets him apart from other people," he said.
"I don't know how smart he is. He has spent 30-40 years in jail. When he is outside jail he feels less important, that is why he keeps doing things and goes to jail. He is a great marketer. He knows how to create stories and then sell them," he added.
Randeep thinks Sobhraj does not have an identity of his own. "His biggest problem was that he came from a dysfunctional family. He roamed a lot around France and Vietnam. He did not have nationality of these two places. He had no identity of his own," he said, adding, the story is largely factual with some drama elements.
Directed by Prawaal Raman, the film also stars Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain and Tisca Chopra. It is set to release on October 30.