Can you date anyone in the city?-Arjun Kapoor
Actor Arjun Kapoor talks to Mirror reader Madhumita Menon about why he did not want his debut to be under his home banner
Reema Gehi (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 3, 2012)
Three weeks ago, 19-year-old Madhumita Menon, a student HR College, watched Ishaqzaade Since then, she has been completely smitten by debutant actor Arjun Kapoor. Evidently, she was delighted on meeting the 26-year-old at YRF Studios in Andheri. Both of them were extremely chatty, and the banter kicked off effortlessly. “My friends are going to be so jealous because I am meeting you. I couldn’t believe it was your first film. You were amazing,” she said. “So how was it working on Ishaqzaade?” Kapoor, who seemed to be in a mood to tease, said, “Oh God! Are you going to ask me such boring questions? Pat she replied, “No, no… I’ll come to the masala ones later. Okay, now tell me about your second film — Aurangzeb.”
“I play a double role. But I’m not allowed to divulge more details, or else I’ll be shot,” he said. Menon enquired about working with director Habib Faisal in his first. “It was dangerous. I lived in a belief that I must be good at acting so that’s why I bagged the Yashraj contract. But Habib sir gave me a reality check.”
“Why wasn’t he launched by his father, Boney Kapoor?” Menon posed. “I can work with dad whenever I want,” he said. “Had I worked on my first film with him, people would have had preconceived notions about me. There would have been some amount of skepticism.”
She then asked, “Did you always wanted to be associated with films? “I am a complete Bollywood keeda,” he answered. “The first movie set I remember going to was Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. It was the biggest film of that time. To grow up in an environment like that, it’s hard not to be influenced. As a kid, I used to watch Ram Lakhan every night before sleeping. I loved Anil-chachu in it.”
Talk then veered to his equation with cousin Sonam Kapoor. Menon wondered: “Do you give each other acting tips? “Sonam and I are like friends, he said. “We were in the same school and hang out in the same circle. We don’t discuss acting. Two siblings sitting together and giving each other tips is a bit much. Acting comes from within. The process has to be treated individually. It can’t be taught; it can only be honed.”
Menon was also curious to learn, “You always wanted to get into film direction, how did acting happen?” “By mistake,” he replied. “I still want to direct a film. But Salman bhai made me aware that I can direct after a few years, and I’ll miss the opportunity of acting now. I really don’t know how serious he was, but I took his word. My fear wasn’t whether or not I’ll able to act. My only fear was whether or not I’ll able to act in front of everybody.”
Once Kapoor was certain that he wanted to be an actor, he went on a weight loss mission. “How did you lose those kilos?” she asked. “It was a slow process. Weight loss can’t happen over night. I left rice and meetha for two years. I was so overweight that I was scared to go to the gym. But eventually, I realised no one cares. I am a big foodie. I can’t resist food, especially what my dadi prepares. Now, every time she sees me, she says ‘bada patla hogaya’, and I tell her ‘abhi toh sirf patlaa rehna padega, dadi’.”
Menon asked him what he does in his free time. He replied, “I sleep and watch lots of films. Recently, I watched Vicky Donor and loved it. I thought Annu Kapoor and Ayushmann had better chemistry than Parineeti and me in Ishaqzaade.” Kapoor added that he has loads of DVDs, neatly arranged in alphabetical order. “That’s the only sorted part of my life; rest everything is in a mess,” he said.
As the chat ended, Kapoor told Menon, “You’ve asked such generic questions…” She retorted, “Who are you dating?” Taken aback, he replied, “Can you date anyone in the city? You can’t even go to a restaurant and have a meal together with a friend. The next day, it’s in the papers, ‘They are in a relationship’. Two weeks later it’s, ‘They’ve broken up’, but ‘we’ were never seeing each other in the first place. So you have gone through all the emotions in writing, but never in real life. If I am dating someone, I can assure you it will be out in the open.”
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