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26 February 2024

Anil Kapoor’s evergreen charm

Bollywood Actor Anil Kapoor. (AFP)

By Lipika Varma/ Sanskriti Media and Entertainment

Anil Kapoor is not only one of the finest Indian actors but is also fit and shows little signs of aging. This man from Koliwada has come a long way and spills the beans about his middle class background and his evergreen appeal.

“Yes, I belong to a middle class and I remember when no producers were ready to cast me in their films. But thanks to my stars and my sincere efforts that have borne fruits for me,” shares Anil.

Be it the ‘Nayak’, ‘Beta’ or going international with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, he has time and again proven his critics wrong and wormed into the hearts of his audience. When he had turned producer for ‘Gandhi My Father’, a critically acclaimed film, he had humbly said, “I have put in all my experiences of being in this industry and tried to put a emotional as well as an intriguing tale. Hope you guys have liked it?”

Anil has also been very supportive to his daughter Sonam Kapoor’s acting aspirations. During the launch of the first look of her debut film, ‘Saawariya’, the anxious father had said, “Oh! Sonam, my daughter’s film is about to release. More than being nervous as a father I am very happy to watch her on the silver screen. It gives me immense pleasure to watch my daughter having performed so very exuberantly. Today it makes me feel Sonam has grown up. And I am all ready to give her away to the world, where she can fulfill her duties and make me proud, as well as all the other people who are involved in making her excel in the Bollywood.”

Like a good father he always opined that his kids need to make it up the hard way. In one of the interviews he shared about his son, Harshvardhan Kapoor and said, “I want him to pursue his choice whatever it may be. Be it acting, writing or direction. I am not the one who was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and so I want him also to come up the hard way, through the never ending learning process. I am not going to invest for him and give him everything on the platter. Rehea will surely turn a competitor to me as she plans on producing films.”

About having innovated on his look onscreen time and again, he shares, “All the films we have made, there was a conscious decision to be ahead of time. Hence, people can even watch those films today and get entertained. I’ve changed my look for so many films.” Sharing about how he did it differently in various films, he confessed, “‘Lamhe’, I removed my moustache, then ‘1942: A love story’ I cut my hair short, and changed the whole look. But in those times the media didn’t pay attention. During ‘1942: A love story‘, me and Vidhu Vinod Chopra decided, let’s call the media, I’m changing my whole look, but there was nobody apart from me and him, and now some actor just starts wearing an earring and media creates a hype.”

About the younger generation of actors following in his footsteps, he says, “I like it when people think someone has followed me, like while ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ released or ‘My Name is Khan’ released, people told me they were reminded of my role in ‘Eeshwar’, I felt good.”

About not getting bogged down by defeats, he opines, “Definitely, I am not the one who will sit down and feel defeated if any of my films may have not done well at the box office. I have innumerable ideas, which will go up one by one through Anil Kapoor Productions. My experiences have encouraged me to face every kind of challenges. I believe in working in good as well as odd circumstances.” Unaffected by hits and flops he adds, “Hits and flops is a part and parcel of our profession. I do feel bad while some of my films did not do well at the box office. As a producer my  films did not do well but then I always like to find out what may have went wrong. I always agree to the judgment of my audiences as I know they are the ones who have made me the actor that I am today.”

Anil opines his journey has just begun and shares, “I always feel I am starting afresh. Well! Success or no success, flops or hits, I am always ready to work harder and opt challenging ways to bring in a difference in whatever I chose to do.”

On his latest TV Serial ‘24’, he says, “I am happy with the response. People wave at me , while I visit cinema halls. They come up to me wishing to watch more of me. With all their praises, I feel I need to work harder to satisfy my audiences. This serial could be possible because of my director, my colleagues and the entire team. The power of television reach is magnanimously huge.”
Lastly, Anil also confirms that ‘Mr India 2’ will happen. Though, things are yet finalized. Ask him, if Sridevi would be there in the film? And he quips, “If Boney Kapoor produces the film, how will Sridevi not be there?”