It’ll take seven births for a star to be­come an ac­tor: Annu Kapoor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja ■ monika.rawal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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