No age-defying hero roles for Anil Kapoor
Actor Anil Kapoor prefers to stay practical over his choice of projects in Bollywood
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