New Delhi: National-award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao found it emotionally draining to play the role of a migrant worker in Hansal Mehta`s `CityLights`.
The 30-year-old actor says the film has opened his eyes towards the plight of poor migrants who live on the margins in big cities likes Mumbai and Delhi.
`CityLights`, directed by Mehta and produced by Mahesh Bhatt`s Vishesh Films is a story about a poor family from Rajasthan which migrates to Mumbai for a better life. The film releases this Friday.
"The movie and its characters had a huge impact on me. People like them exist all around us but we don`t notice them. Now, I have started noticing such people on roads. I can`t help much but I meet and tell them that everything will be fine," said Rajkummar, adding that the film drained him emotionally.
It is the second time that Rajkummar and Mehta have teamed up after their award-winning movie `Shahid`. `CityLights` is the official adaptation of British-Filipino film `Metro Manila`.
Rajkummar, who garnered widespread praise for his role in `Shahid, considers `CityLights` as his toughest role so far.
"It was one of the most challenging roles for me. My character`s pain and his battle was difficult to bring on screen," he told reporters here.
His co-star and girlfriend Patralekha, who is making her debut with the film, said the movie has made her more grateful in life.
"I am more grateful and thankful now. I used to crave for the smallest of things, like a a new bag or a dress, but the movie changed that," she said.