Arjun Kapoor says his friendships in the industry have survived as competition in Hindi filmdom is very external. Before venturing into acting in 2012 with “Ishaqzaade”, the son of producer Boney Kapoor served as an assistant director and associate producer on several films, including “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “Wanted”.
There’s so much competition in Bollywood. Don’t friendships get affected by it? “The competition is very external. People perceive that there must be a lot of competition internally, but everybody is just making each day count. Nobody wakes up looking at competition in the morning,” Arjun said.
“It is an external force, but within … the friendships that I have had, survived. They have lasted for five years and it’s not been such a big issue,” he added.
His filmography has been a mix and hits and misses with films like “Ishaqzaade”, “2 States”, “Gunday”, “Half Girlfriend”, “Ki & Ka” and “Mubarakan”. “I think it (his journey in Bollywood) has been a good starting point, foundation and most importantly, it’s been a filmography of different films. When I look at my own work, I do feel like I am pushing in terms of trying different genres, working with different people and learning in the process,” he said.
However, he says he hasn’t achieved it all yet. “I am very happy with the first five years of my career,” he added.
Bollywood celebrities are now opening up about their personal lives and issues like depression. Arjun says he is at ease about sharing certain aspects of his life, but would only do it if he feels it’s necessary. “