"Maaf Karna, Aamir aur Shah Rukh ko aisa koi struggle nahi karna pada hai. Dharmendra aur Annu kapoor ko stuggle karna pada hai"
You are not seen too much these days, what is the reason? Firstly, I don’t get good offers and whatever I get, I often say no because it isn’t worth doing. I haven’t been picky but have chosen wisely. I am not in a position to claim that I’ve become choosy. So, if I’ve chose two films I’ve had to politely decline 20.
Retaining one’s charm and presence on a mass medium like the 70 mm screen, TV and now radio, you have been there, done that. How different and difficult is it? Whether I am facing the camera for a movie or any musical show or am in front of the microphone, I try to justify my presence and make the audience feel good and enriched.
What has been your driving force behind your career choices? It has always been money. People say I’ve come to Mumbai to become an actor. Main actor banne nahi aaya tha. Actor bana banaya tha. Yahan pe paisa kamane aaya tha. Earning money is an art. I am an honest man. I’ve been penniless and I know the value of money. I won’t murder anyone for money but will earn it on my own terms and conditions.
Even though Annu Kapoor is a known name, you haven’t shone under the spotlight as much as you should have. What do you think is the reason behind it? Unfortunately, our film industry and people around the world are unable to recognize the power of my presence or maybe they run after the ‘heroes’! If these heroes utter six lines properly, they are called veterans. And here I am, who has devoted his whole life to the field of art but I have had to struggle. That is the way the Indian scene with cinema has been. But it’s a fact. I feel I haven’t got my due share. But that’s fine. I hold no grudges. These grudges will stop me wherever I am. I have to conclude my journey of existence.
You have had a very tough childhood and had a fair share of struggle to get to where you are. Do you think the stars today have it very easy? Specially those from filmi families? Yes indeed. People hailing from filmi families should thank their kith and kin. If you are talking about the present generation, unke liye sab accha hai. Aamir and Shah Rukh had to struggle but not that much. Maaf karna, aisa koi struggle nahi karna pada hai unhe. Dharmendra aur Annu Kapoor ko struggle karna pada hai. Itne struggle ke under toh crush hoke mar jaenge unlog. I’ve heard Akshay too had his share but I’m not aware how much he had to go through and the way it
Itne steroids le liye ke andar se khokle ho gaye hai.”
is projected. Salman Khan’s father is an iconic writer. But I don’t think they had to ever sleep empty stomach. People like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpayee are true kalakaar. They have had to struggle. Yeh woh artiste hai jo star ban gaye. But a star becoming an artiste, that’s rare.
Do you think you’ve justified your art? I proudly say yes! People compliment me saying that it isn’t surprising when you act well. That’s expected as I take my work seriously. People like Annu Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar do act well and that isn’t a surprise.
What makes you say yes to a script? The film in the entire spectrum is more important to me than my own character. I don’t criticize anyone unnecessarily but if I feel something needs to be changed or improved, I do suggest it to the director. Like, in Jolly LLB 2, I told Subhash to improvise certain parts.
You are known to be a nature enthusiast. What do you have to say about that? I’ve taken to exercising outdoors for the past eight years and I emphasize on its benefits. I shun the concept of building six packs in air conditioned rooms. I’ve benefitted from yoga, exercise and meditation. You may have six packs but they are hollow from inside. That these are steroid induced packs. I’ve read many articles that they are unable to satisfy their partners sexually. Itne steroids le liye ke andar se khokle ho gaye hai.
Recently, a poster of the movie The Fakirof Venice, starring Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar surfaced online. What do you have to say about that? I have no idea. They had contacted me two months back. Haven’t heard of them since then and I don’t have time to chase them.
Could you shed some light on the projects you’re working on currently? The director of a movie called Missing is in touch with me. I would also star in the movie that my sister is coming up with called Mr.Kabaadi mostly by this year end. I’ve given my dates to Life OK for a fiction in the form of reality show. I am very happy with the script and am closely working with the team to enhance it.