Aditya Roy Kapoor: “I am very tal­ented at do­ing noth­ing!”

Cosmopolitan (India) - - QUIZ - By Priyam Chaturvedi

Right now, Aditya Roy Kapoor is tak­ing it easy. A de­serv­ing break, given the suc­cess of his last two movies, which shot him to su­per-star sta­tus. Here, the ac­tor talks about en­joy­ing at­ten­tion, be­ing shy and what he wants in his ideal woman (take notes!)

COSMO: We hear you al­ways wanted to be a crick­eter... so how did act­ing hap­pen?

ADITYA ROY KAPOOR “I was a VJ with Chan­nel V for five years, and when you are on TV, you end up get­ting calls for au­di­tions. So I got a call for an au­di­tion for Lon­don Dreams. I was al­ways cu­ri­ous about do­ing films, but it was never a huge deal for me. So I went for the au­di­tion. For the movie, I would get to spend a cou­ple of months in Lon­don, play­ing the role of a gui­tarist, so I thought I’d give it a shot to see what it’s like. Ini­tially, I did only for the ‘movie-mak­ing’ ex­pe­ri­ence, but then I had a great time do­ing it, I de­cided to stick to it. So, yeah, films were some­thing I just stum­bled upon.”

C: Both your broth­ers are also part of the film in­dus­try, so did your fam­ily help make the de­ci­sion?

ARK: “Not at all! In fact, it was al­ways a big joke at home... they kept ask­ing me to join films, and kept say­ing now. Peo­ple as­sume that when you work in tele­vi­sion or mod­el­ing, all you think of is be­com­ing an ac­tor, which is not al­ways the case. In my case, I never re­ally grew up watch­ing a lot of Hindi cin­ema. I would watch a movie here or there, but was never re­ally a big buff, so

I never imag­ined I’d do this. Even in school and col­lege, I was never into theatre or dra­mat­ics. I was ac­tu­ally quite shy.”

C: How do you pick a role?

ARK: “I only take two things into con­sid­er­a­tion—the script and the di­rec­tor. If it’s some­one I get along with, or some­one who has a very clear vi­sion of what he wants, and it’s some­thing I agree with, I say yes.”

C: What do you like do­ing when you’re not work­ing? How do you un­wind?

ARK: “Most of the times, I’m ac­tu­ally do­ing noth­ing at all, and I’m very tal­ented at do­ing that. Oth­er­wise, I like play­ing sports, go­ing to the gym or hang­ing out with friends. Just reg­u­lar stuff that ev­ery­one does.”

C: What’s the best and worst part about your job?

ARK: “The best part is the fact that you get a cou­ple of months off af­ter your sched­ule. Like, you work re­ally hard, and then get to en­joy some time off. Which other reg­u­lar job gives you that op­por­tu­nity? The worst part for me is that you get close to a lot of peo­ple. You work so closely with a group of peo­ple and they be­come like your fam­ily, and once the film is over, you don’t spend that same amount of time to­gether. A lot of times, life takes you in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions and you’re not able to keep in touch with a lot of peo­ple, and that’s tough. It’s dif­fi­cult to de­tach and let go of peo­ple who you’ve shared such good times with.”

C: How do you stay grounded af­ter all the praise and at­ten­tion you re­ceive?

ARK: “I don’t put too much thought into it. I don’t have a the­ory in place, but

THE WORST PART OF MY JOB IS TO DE­TACH AND LET GO OF PEO­PLE ONCE A MOVIE IS OVER!

I think it’s im­por­tant to have per­spec­tive and to re­alise that the only im­por­tant thing is to keep do­ing good work. So when you go through a bad patch, don’t feel too low, and when things are go­ing well, don’t fly too high. Keep your head bal­anced and fo­cus on the truly im­por­tant stuff.”

C: What’s the one thing you don’t get about women?

ARK: “Why do they have to go to the re­stroom in groups?”

C: And what is the key in­gre­di­ent for a good re­la­tion­ship?

ARK: “The most im­por­tant thing is trust. Ev­ery­thing else comes later.”

C: How is a movie re­la­tion­ship dif­fer­ent from a real-life one?

ARK: “I think both are ac­cu­rate. Ev­ery­thing that hap­pens in movies has at some point, some­where, hap­pened in real life as well. It’s just pre­sented in a larger-than-life and height­ened way in movies, but the ba­sic idea of love and the emo­tions are the same.”

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