If you see ‘Drishyam 2’ and ‘Avatar’ are still running then we should always look at positive things in theaters. This is a film of a different test. There is a new era after Corona so people don’t go to theaters on the first day of jump, but if your film has guts and people feel that it is going in the right direction and is worth going to the theater then people will take their own decision. . Whether it comes on OTT or in theatres, we just want people to watch and it is fun to watch a film like ‘Kutte’ in theatres. Dogs is a new age cinema. If you enjoyed ‘Kaminey’, then you are going to enjoy it a lot in Dog.
You started your career with directors like Habib Faisal and now you are with Vishal Bhardwaj’s son Aasman. How do you see this journey?
I am a big fan of Vishal ji and I have said this in many of my interviews. I went to him when I had not even become an actor and only a handful of people knew me. I am an industry guy so doors used to open but the first door I knocked on was Vishal Bhardwaj’s. I also told him that you might not be able to cast me now, because I am a newcomer, but definitely take me in your production. Then he had said that he will definitely work. It has taken 10-11 years since then but better late than never. Somewhere in the sky, there was a clear impression, that’s why I was very curious that the father made a bastard and the son is making a dog.
How would you define the word dog?
Dogs are loyal, they are calm, they are scary too. Dogs are stars too like mine is. If you see my dog, he is the owner of the house and we live there like renters. In our film, the word dog is shown in such a way that it is a bit negative, because that animal inside you comes out and that is a way of saying that not everyone has a dog. So now we will come to bite. Actually the film depicts the gray side of the dog ie human.
What is your gray factor?
I am very emotional. But if I am cut off from someone, then I am cut off. But if there is a connection, then no power in the world can break that connection. My gray side is that my mind is both my biggest strength and weakness. The gray side is that my mind is unable to listen to the bad of anyone and only see the good in them, sometimes it also harms me. I also get angry very fast. But it lasts for a while and after that I say sorry in front of myself.
You said in one of your interviews that you had become a bit lazy as an actor?
I was lazy not because of work but because of selection. I think if you don’t do your job well then people will catch on and first of all people inside the industry will catch on. I think I used to work very hard on shoots but could not choose the right films, so my lethargy was that I was not using my mind to select what I was doing. Somewhere I used to think more about what the world says. If I had been offered Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar a few years ago, I would not have accepted a film with Pinky as the hero. But now I have got so much security that I am able to do different types of films. There comes a phase where I stop thinking as Arjun Kapoor or as a human being and you become a star, people confuse you. This profession is such that you are doing right and someone tells you that you are doing wrong, then you lose your mind. Then there comes a time when you think you are doing everything wrong but suddenly everything becomes right. I’m fine now So I decided to do a different kind of film like dog.
As an elder brother (Anshula Kapoor, Jhanvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor) and son (Boney Kapoor) have started taking so many responsibilities in the house.
I have been responsible since childhood because the situation has always been like this. When you are living with mother and sister without a father, then a responsibility automatically comes. After that life gave me a chance to be independent and my profession gave me so much love. When my first film ran, a responsibility came from there, to be financially independent. I do not consider family as a responsibility, but as a privilege, because I got the family late but got it right. With Jhanvi and Khushi, I get to live a little bit of my childhood. With his arrival, an openness has come and the suffocation has reduced and the lack of a family has been fulfilled.
You are looking happy and satisfied not only in professional life but also in personal life. How does Malaika Arora complement you?
Whether it is my personal space or family space, if you look at both things together, then there comes a time in life, where you work, to reach the same place that there is peace in your personal life, around you. Have the right people who make you happy. If I am able to focus on my work then my family and everyone has a big part in it. I never hid my relationship with Malaika because I wanted her to be at peace. If things are hidden, there is always a problem. My family is big and if I resist him, there will be a conflict in itself and then there will be lot of discussion on the same. That’s why I always kept myself open. I’ve always said that I’m in a profession where I don’t want to get angry with people, and I don’t want to get bored with people. I want to be a better person to myself through the people I have in my life.
What would you like to say about the Boycott trend?
I think we should focus on positive things. ‘Drishyam’ has run, ‘Avatar’ has done business of 500 crores, so it is going to run. When ‘Brahmastra’ went on, ‘Gangubai’ went on, ‘RRR’ went on, it is not that people are not coming to the theatres. It is also an opportunity for us to learn what the audience is liking and what is not. So if we remove one negative and positive aspect of social media, then our audience coming to theatres, like ‘Unchai’ went on, people were saying don’t do remake but ‘Drishyam 2’ went on, earlier people were saying ‘Brahmastra’ no. Will work because Shamshera didn’t work, so people were making up their minds. I think our audience is trying to teach us something. We also have to pay attention to their likes and dislikes because the taste of the audience has also changed in two years. I would also like to say that it is the duty of the media to show some positive things, because if we keep giving negative news, then people will feel that everything is going on like this. Today if RRR wins the Globe, then an Indian film is named. I also agree that many times we failed, we did not make good films, so through media I would like to say that we are trying to give you good entertainment every time.
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