In 2018, Rajpal Yadav served a three-month jail sentence for defaulting on a Rs 5 crore loan he had taken in 2010 to produce the film, Ata Pata Laapata. Opening up about the same, the actor said that he had never discussed this incident publicly before and revealed that after being released from jail, he had a positive impact on a senior jail official who was inspired by his attitude. Rajpal said that he also conducted workshops for fellow inmates during his time in jail.
In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, Rajpal said that he takes insults in stride and expressed gratitude towards the film industry for not doubting him. He said, “People would have judged me if I was confused. I knew I would come out 100 times stronger and better because I have come out of the low phases of my life as a phoenix.”
The actor continued, “After three months, when I was leaving from there (jail), the jail superintendent and the staff gave me two certificates instead of one. He said, ‘This place is very historic and in my whole life I have not seen someone like you. We got inspired by you. We thought we would hear your complaints every day, but in these three months you have made the walls alive.’”