His father Anil Kapoor and sister Sonam already have established careers in Bollywood but Harshvardhan, who is making his acting debut with “Mirzya”, says he wants to create his own identity.
“I want to do new kind of films. I want to create my own identity. I don’t look at it at that way (family legacy). I look at myself and the films that I will be doing, and that films will create my identity,” Harshvardhan told PTI.
Coming from a family that boasts of actors like Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Arjun Kapoor, the newcomer has a lot to look up to but Harshvardhan does not see it as a burden. When asked if he thinks his actor-father Anil Kapoor’s name is a burden for him, Harshvardhan said, “It depends on how things go. There are pros and cons. I don’t think it is a burden. I don’t see it as a burden.”
The 25-year-old newcomer’s film, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will hit the screens October 7 but he has already signed on his next — Vikramaditya Motwane’s “Bhavesh Joshi”. Written by Gulzar, “Mirzya” is inspired by Punjabi folklore of ‘Mirza Sahiban’. “The youth today is quite mature. Everybody can relate to love, understand the theme of soulmates, music is universal and visuals are young in the film. May be in two-three weeks we will get them excited more through promotions,” Harshvardhan said.
For Mehra’s directorial venture “Mirzya”, the budding actor transformed himself to play the dual roles of a stable boy and a warrior. “I have got dirt on my face. It’s the character which is that way. I let go my vanity for this film. It is attractive in a certain way. I did achieve physical fitness for both parts, but it is raw, athletic and rugged,” he said.
“I had the facial look to carry it off, that is why I was cast. It may not look good on most people. I think I may not look good as a chocolate boy,” he said.
Harshvardhan credits director Mehra for making him look good on the screen. “I think if I am looking good then that is Mehra’s magic, it is nothing about me. It’s the director’s medium, so it’s about how they choose to present you. Mehra is the best. Also the prep took 18 months, it was like a film in itself. It helped me a lot to work on my scenes,” he said.
Harshvardhan high on hard work…
Every praise that’s coming in the way of the MIRZYA debutante Harshavardhan Kapoor is totally and completely worth every drop of sweat that he has spent working on the film.
Harsh, as Anil Kapoor’s son is called has been such a diligent actor that it success is inevitable, “He has done stuff he really needn’t have bothered with, he has really gone out of his way to make sure that he become one with the character, he actually travelled to Leh, prior to the shoot schedule with the DoP (Director of Photography) Danny, who has worked on films like THE LAST SAMURAI, to ensure that he acclimatized with the terrain. He actually would wake up at 5am just so that he could ride for the next four hours, getting used to riding in the high, acrid altitude that is tough for even the most hardened people.” Shared the set hands.
For all those who think star kids have it easy, well, there are some who refuse to have it easy.