DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that the award-winning Indian actor Rajkummar Rao had to undergo more than five hours of prosthetic work every day for him to get the ancient and frayed look of his 324-year-old character in Dinesh Vijan's 2017 film Raabta? Transforming for a character is nothing new for the Harayana-born actor, who once underwent a rigorous weight loss for his role in Trapped, a survival drama movie for which Rao won a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. In Raabta, an epic fantasy and romance movie that revolves around reincarnation, Rao played Mohak, a powerful being that has lived for more than three centuries and has seen more than a dozen lifetimes pass him by, including the lives of the main characters Shiv and Saira, was were the reincarnated versions of Jilaan and Saiba in Mohak's early years.
Aside from being the theme of many Indian and even Hollywood films, the idea of reincarnation, or the concept of one's soul being reborn into another body, has been the subject of scientific research in modern times. The late psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, a former director in a department in the University of Virginia, has spent most of his career studying about the phenomenon, researching more than 2500 cases and publishing more than 12 books over a 40-year period that organized the structure of the field.