‘In films, luck mat­ters as much or more as ta­lent’

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Vet­eran ac­tor Shakti Kapoor (right) be­lieves that any ac­tor’s suc­cess recipe is di­vided into ta­lent and good luck, and it is never only one fac­tor that can pro­pel a per­son’s ca­reer. “I feel ta­lent does count, but for some­one to ob­serve your ta­lent, you have to do one film and that’s where luck comes in. I come from FTII (Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia) Pune, and we were 11 boys and 10 girls, and I thought that out those 11 boys, 10 were bet­ter than me. The luck fac­tor is so strong that out of those guys, only me and Naseerud­din (Shah) could make it in films,” says Kapoor, who has been part of huge hits such as Jaani Dush­man (1979), Qur­bani (1980), Naseeb (1981), and Rocky (1981).

Giv­ing the ex­am­ple of his son Sid­dhanth Kapoor, who will soon make his Bol­ly­wood de­but, and daugh­ter Shrad­dha Kapoor, who is al­ready 12 films old, the vet­eran ac­tor says, “My son has stud­ied film­mak­ing, and as­sisted (di­rec­tor) Priyadar­shan in films; my daugh­ter has done noth­ing. She was study­ing in Bos­ton (US). Then she had come to Mum­bai for hol­i­days and she ended up do­ing films. The luck fac­tor is so strong for you to be­come an ac­tor, and then comes the ta­lent.”

Talk­ing about how the film in­dus­try has changed, Kapoor says that things are highly pro­fes­sional now com­pared to the ear­lier times, “but the luck fac­tor is still there”.

SHAKTI KAPOOR CITES HIS OWN CA­REER TO SAY THAT NO MAT­TER HOW MUCH TA­LENT ONE HAS, ONE STILL HAS TO BAG A FILM FOR THAT TA­LENT TO BE NO­TICED

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