No age-de­fy­ing hero roles for Anil Kapoor

Ac­tor Anil Kapoor prefers to stay prac­ti­cal over his choice of projects in Bol­ly­wood

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Anil Kapoor’s (right) tran­si­tion from the lover boy and ac­tion hero to more char­ac­ter-driven roles has been smooth and the ac­tor says un­like other Bol­ly­wood stars, he does not be­lieve in stretch­ing him­self be­yond his age.

The 58-year-old ac­tor, who has a ca­reer span­ning al­most four decades, says the rea­son for his long and con­tin­u­ing jour­ney in the film in­dus­try was his timely re­al­i­sa­tion that he can’t play the age-de­fy­ing hero any­more.

“You can’t be delu­sional. I have to play roles that suit me. There are ac­tors who are very delu­sional and I feel very sad for them. They try to stretch and peo­ple get fed up of them. Be­fore peo­ple get fed up, you should seam­lessly do your tran­si­tion and do things that you your­self and the au­di­ence will be com­fort­able watch­ing,” says Anil.

“That’s the rea­son for the longevity of my ca­reer. I’ve done things seam­lessly till now and will hope­fully con­tinue to do that. The idea is to have re­spectabil­ity, saleabil­ity and watch­a­bil­ity. I think peo­ple and the in­dus­try have been kind to me.”

The ac­tor, who is known for his youth­ful looks, played his age in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). “I was re­luc­tant not for the age part but for so many other things. It de­pends on what the sup­port­ing cast is, what the role is, how the char­ac­ter is go­ing to be pro­jected, how the char­ac­ter is go­ing to be mar­keted. There are many ways. You have to pro­tect your ca­reer,” Anil said.

The ac­tor is busy shoot­ing the sec­ond sea­son of the TV se­ries 24, which he says is tougher than the orig­i­nal as he has to live up to the expectations of the first part and also get the show ready be­fore time as per the chan­nel’s de­mand.

The idea is to have re­spectabil­ity, saleabil­ity and watch­a­bil­ity. I think peo­ple and in­dus­try have been kind to me

-Anil Kapoor, ac­tor

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