‘We talk about booze, sex, women... what else?’
He has the blue eyes of his father Raj Kapoor, and at the age of 70, they still twinkle merrily. One of the best-known romantic heroes of his generation, Randhir Kapoor defies age as just a number and says that life is all about laughing, drinking and enjoying with the family as long as one lives.
About any special plans to ring in his 70th birthday today, the actor quips that it’s going to be impromptu. “You don’t need preparations for a family gathering. We have one almost every night where we meet, laugh, get drunk and come back home. We’re one family that’s happy among ourselves,” says Randhir.
While Kapoor family gettogethers have always been the talk of the town, one wonders what dominates the clan conversation at these khandaani parties. “Booze, women, sex, dirty jokes… what else?” guffaws Randhir. “We don’t sulk and cry on each other’s shoulders. We don’t do any bitching or backbiting about other people in the fraternity. We’re not even concerned about what anyone else is doing in life. We’re so busy among ourselves – too busy to bother about others.”
And do they also talk about the next generation of Kapoors — their relationship status, marriage plans, films? Randhir says, “We’re like the stock exchange — we know everything that’s happening in the family. Since our kids are in the same profession, we all know how they’re placed. As a joke, maybe, we discuss their girlfriends, boyfriends, marriage etc, but not with an intention of interfering.”
In the Kapoor clan, he adds, “everyone is free to take their decisions in life. We’re very united, we’re together all the time – to eat, drink, and sing, but we don’t interfere in each other’s business.”
Asked to recount a special birthday memory, Randhir gets emotional, saying, “All birthdays are good. You’re getting closer to death. You’re getting older. You can smile and laugh at it. It doesn’t have to be bad. We all have to go one day. So I just want God to bless me with good health.”
Randhir Kapoor (above); and the entire Kapoor clan at a party