‘HAP­PI­NESS IS VERY SUB­JEC­TIVE’

Actor Ar­jun Kapoor says his per­sonal life has been on the back­burner since he is too fo­cused on his ca­reer

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The day he kicked off his Bol­ly­wood ca­reer with Ishaqza­ade (2012), Ar­jun Kapoor looked set to hit the big league. Now, af­ter five years — post the usual up­sand-downs — the actor is in a good space with three back-to­back money-spin­ners — Ki & Ka (2016), Half Girl­friend and Mubarakan. As Ar­jun read­ies for his next, Dibakar Ban­er­jee’s San­deep Aur Pinky Faraar, we catch up with him about ca­reer and love life.

This is your fifth year in the in­dus­try. Are you in a happy place? Do you feel like a part of it?

Hap­pi­ness is very sub­jec­tive. But yes, now, I def­i­nitely feel more a part of the film in­dus­try be­cause I have done more work. Over a course of time, you fig­ure out whether your films are work­ing or not and whether peo­ple like you or not. Now, there is trust too and it mat­ters a lot to me as a hu­man be­ing. Whether I am do­ing an in­ter­view, work­ing on a film or just hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion, I need to feel con­nected.

You are of­fi­cially sin­gle. It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that you aren’t find­ing any­one...

It is not about find­ing ‘any­one’ but find­ing the ‘right one’ and the right per­son for me. I might sound very calm, re­laxed and chilled out as a per­son as far as my work is con­cerned but when it comes to my per­sonal life, that has been on a back-burner, I don’t know how easy it will be for any­body to han­dle me at a per­sonal level.

What’s your big­gest con­cern in that re­gard?

I tend to get too ob­sessed with my work. I feel that not pri­ori­tis­ing the re­la­tion­ship and not be­ing able to seg­re­gate per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives; and all those other fac­tors have a big bear­ing on women. It’s not easy to be with some­one, who 24/7 gives at­ten­tion to only one as­pect of his life and not to her. I don’t ex­pect that the other per­son should un­der­stand ev­ery­thing that I do. She has a right to be with me for the right rea­sons.

But of late, you have ap­par­ently been fo­cused on only work…

Yes, and that’s why I have to bal­ance things out. But I haven’t been able to cre­ate that bal­ance be­cause for the last four to five years, I have been try­ing to be­come some­thing and so, have be­come ha­bit­ual of be­ing in that pro­cess. So, for me, it’s only about my films. Hope­fully, next time when we meet, you will get a dif­fer­ent an­swer. Also, I would like to be­lieve that when I am in a re­la­tion­ship, I would be able to talk about it openly. So, let’s see.

Ar­jun Kapoor

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