You meet him and there is something about him that you’re lured towards, time and again. Arjun Kapoor in conversation with Pratishtha Malhotra!
Arjun Kapoor is someone who is sorted and wants to live vicariously through the characters that he portrays on celluloid. He has a perfect head on his shoulders. He is not content with being just an actor though… “I have always aspired and wanted to be a director and that is how I started as an assistant director. When I am on the set mere andar kuch keeda hai, I am there so I can learn and absorb more. Speaking of the place that I am at today, I am just very happy to be here. There would be a lot of people who would cut their right arm off to be at the position I am at. I cannot predict what is going to happen. Beyond a point it is not a numbers game for any of us.
“I want to survive here for the long run. I want to be here and enjoy myself. I want to work with everybody and I make no bones about that. I really have enjoyed my experience so far and have loved the appreciation that I have got. I would be foolish to start letting insecurity eat into me and take away from me as a person and as an actor. I am just 29, and have a long way to go. I have grown up in this profession and I want to die here – by that I don’t just mean being an actor…I want to make films, I am very passionate about cinema in general. So for me this is not the end, it is the beginning. I am not just doing all of this to be an actor; I want to direct, I want to produce and be a part of good cinema. My insecurity would never come from my profession. Personally I might get insecure about other things in life but not my profession.” That is well said and spoken from the heart…
The current crop of actors seems to share a great sense of camaraderie vis-a-vis what we have seen in the past. Arjun smiles and immediately says, “I would like to believe I am one of those actors and our generation is such that we get excited to work with our fellow actors. I did ‘Aurangzeb’ and ‘Gunday’ for that reason. I like working in those kinds of situations and set-ups, very selfishly so because I will become better working with these actors. I have worked with Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Priyanka, Ranveer, Naseerudin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Dimple Kapadia, Deepika….! You know, for me the off camera interaction will stay more memorable than just being together in front of the camera. I am just going there and having fun. Intentionally yes, I have always tried to make sure that I don’t just jump and do a film with someone because ek picture chal gayi toh Parineeti ke saath ek aur jaldi se kar lete hain. ”
Unlike many, Arjun has worked and had a blast, in his own words, in an ensemble set-up. He thinks in a way which is progressive and makes a lot of sense. More than thinking like a pessimist and being under the pressure of performance with the stalwarts that he is seen with, he takes it as an acting class, an experience which he will cherish throughout. What explains this philosophy?
“I have always believed in the fact that if you’re good enough, the director will keep you in the shot, it is as simple as that and if you’re not he will chop your entire role out of the film. You have to stand up and rise to the occasion, not just in films but in life. You have to stand at par with everyone, so the film as a whole works. No actor comes to put someone else down, and that is what makes them fantastic.”