Arjun Kapoor opens up about his equation with father Boney, young stars in Bollywood, relationship with Salman Khan and his cousins Sonam and Rhea Kapoor.
Do you think you became an actor at a time when filmmakers needed newcomers?
I don’t know about the ‘need’ part because I don’t feel that there’s ever a dearth of actors. It’s not only about a few actors because these days, audiences would rather watch an interesting film and not just particular faces. I think after Ranbir (Kapoor), Imran (Khan) and now Ranveer (Singh), there’s an excitement about the kind of roles that they are doing.
Arjun Kapoor strikes a pose for lensmen.
You are working with three of Anil Kapoor’s previous co-stars in Aurangzeb.
Yes, I am working with Jackie uncle (Shroff). Growing up I was a big fan of his work. That adds a nostalgic value to things. I am also shooting with Amrita Singh, who has been chachu’s co-star in so many films. I have seen Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986) and Betaab (1983) several times. I am also working with Chintu uncle (Rishi Kapoor) who I have called uncle all my life. Your father must be very happy with your success.
I think my success has inspired my father also to get energetic about life.
Any father would be proud if his son’s first film gets appreciated. It has given a fresh impetus to him as a producer to make a film with me. That’s the most exciting part.
There were reports about a party where Salman Khan hugged you and even your reported girlfriend Arpita was present.
When Salman bhai met me at Yash Raj Studios when I went for the Ek Tha Tiger trial show, he hugged me then too. But since there was no media ‘source’ present at that time, they didn’t know about it. If I go and meet him at Galaxy, when there’s no party on, no one bothers. We meet the same way that we have always met in the past, but since I am a known face, people misconstrue it now. No one knows that I have literally grown up at his home along with Salim uncle, Salman bhai, Arbaaz bhai and Sohail bhai.
Has the equation between you, Sonam, Rhea and Harsh (Anil Kapoor’s kids) changed after your film?
I don’t get time to hang out with them these days. Initially, I used to make fun of Sonam, saying she was only interested in looking good all the time and sleeping early, but now, I know what it all feels like. When you have a sister in the industry, the best thing is the big support.