Actor Anil Kapoor is on an international high. After doing Slumdog Millionaire, 24 and Mission: Impossible IV — Ghost Protocol, the 55-year-old reveals he has half-a-dozen Hollywood offers in the queue.
Anil Kapoor looked sharp in a black suit. (Photo/Prodip Guha)
“I have six Hollywood offers in hand. Isn’t that a considerable number? But I’ll have
to sit and decide, as I can pick only one out of the six,” says Kapoor, who is also producing and acting in the Indian version of the award winning American espionage TV series, 24, to be aired next year on Colors. “I can offer my time for movies only after shooting for 24 is over,” says the actor.
Ask him about the status of his other Hollywood film, Cities, co-starring Clive Owen, Kapoor says, “I’ve written to them asking if I can shoot my bit after 24 next year. If they agree, then that’s good, otherwise, I’m ready to even sacrifice Cities for this.” But won’t he regret letting go of such plum international project?
“No. No. No. I don’t regret. No regrets in life for me,” he says.
Moving over to Bollywood, Kapoor is at his diplomatic best. Ask him if he felt disappointed on learning that his daughter Sonam has shot with actor Abhay Deol for their new film, Raanjhana despite the Kapoors having a fallout with Abhay during Aisha, Kapoor says, “We have moved on.”
But, is it true that filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has agreed to direct Mr India 2? “I haven’t had a word with him on this but I read it in the newspaper. But I’ll convince him to do the film,” he says.
Rumours were also rife that his nephew Arjun has been roped in to star with him in the sequel to his 2007 hit, Welcome 2. But Kapoor denies the same. “These are all rumours. Nothing has been finalised yet,” he says.
Small screen is big for Anil now
Actor Anil Kapoor is having no regrets for deciding to let go of his international projects for his debut on the small-screen with Goli aur Ghadi Choubis Ghante Chalegi, 24 — the Indian version of Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland helmed successful series, 24. He is even cutting down on film assignments in Bollywood for this.
"I’m going to give my mind, body and soul entirely to 24 for the next nine months. I have already wrapped up Race 2 and Shootout at Wadala and will finish others soon," says the actor, who also appeared in Season 8 of the international series. Ask him if he will also call guest celebs to star in his show, Kapoor says, "Yes, there are plans."
But will he also extend the offer to the original hero, Sutherland? "It's a nice idea but it's too early to comment on it right now," says the actor, who is excited about his TV debut. "I am very excited. I have done TV there (in the US) and this will be the first time that I'll be doing it here. We will also have seasons for 24 with 24 episodes each season," says Kapoor, who has also bought a studio in Mumbai for his TV production. "The set has already been erected there for the show, as we speak," he says.
Reports suggest that the series that will air next year on channel Colors, is as exorbitant as a big budget Bollywood film. Ask him about the numbers and Kapoor says, "More than numbers, we should look at the magnanimity of the scale here. It is too large in scale that we would have ever seen here."