It’ll take seven births for a star to become an actor: Annu Kapoor
Veteran actor Annu Kapoor may not have been able to make it to the list of mainstream commercial actors, and despite a career spanning over three decades, people still refer to him as an offbeat actor, but he’s not one to sulk. “This is the irony of this country. What else can I say? If my talent is not being recognised by the majority of this country, if I couldn’t become a star, that’s my fate and not my fault. I am not going to sulk,” says the actor, who turns 61 today.
Kapoor feels that most artists in the industry are ‘stars’ and far from being ‘actors’. “In the film industry, it’s not easy to become an artist, and comparatively, it’s much easier to be a star. It will take seven births for a star to become an actor. An actor is born —some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them,” adds the actor, who has worked in films such as Mr India (1987), Aitraaz (2004), Vicky Donor (2012) and the recent box office success, Jolly LLB 2.
Not just the existing bunch of actors, Kapoor is unhappy with aspiring actors who enter Bollywood to achieve ‘star’ status. “They’re not bothered about the art or an artist or aesthetics. That’s because most of our country’s population idolises Katrina Kaif, Sunny Leone, Salman Khan. There’s nothing wrong with these people, but social media has put them on a pedestal. Not all successful people in this industry are talented. People, who are successful and talented, are in minority.”