At a time when younger actors are entering the industry, this Kapoor scion chose to make his debut at 53. Son of legendary actor, Shammi Kapoor, Aditya Raj Kapoor opted to venture into acting under the direction of old friends, Surendra Verma and Jagmohan Mundra with Mumbai 118 and Chase. On his choice of debut, Kapoor answers, “Jagmohan is an old friend and wanted someone different for the grey character of the industrialist. I chose it because I didn’t want to act or perform like a regular villain. I liked Jag’s approach and was happy with my performance.”
Positive feedback has fetched him more roles. “I’m playing the main negative lead in Deewangi Ne Hadh Kar Di. I’m working to carve a niche for myself in mature roles,” he enthuses. The senior Kapoor, is pleased with his move. “My father told me that I was being adventurous by venturing into acting at this age and I told him that this adventurous streak comes from him. I’ll show him the film in a day or so. I hope he likes it too,” exults Kapoor.
Probe him on why he didn’t think of acting in his younger days and Kapoor explains, “My spiritual guru advised me to wait a while before getting into movies. If I had started acting in the 1980s, I would have burnt out soon.” Despite having learnt the ropes of filmmaking at RK Studios, Kapoor opted to work outside, starting in a warehouse. He also set up Appu Ghar, the country’s premiere amusement park in New Delhi and followed it up with Fantasy Land in Mumbai.
“After 10 years, I quit that and got into the educational field with R Mohan, whose Good Knight brand is very famous,” Kapoor says, adding “Life has come full circle now.” He has also directed three English films: Shamaal, Sambhar Salsa and Don’t Stop Dreaming. “After a couple of years, I shall direct a Hindi film too,” he promises.
Kapoor is all praise for Ranbir, Karisma and Kareena. “Ranbir is very disciplined and focused. Add to that, he’s very humble and down-to-earth. Karisma has done some wonderful work. Kareena is growing from strength to strength as an actress. We meet up once a month or so,” he enthuses.
When asked if his children will follow the family into the industry, Kapoor says, “My son Vishwapratap scored 99.97 per cent in his graduation and is working as an engineer. He’ll probably end up marrying a blonde and come back to Mumbai. My daughter Tulsi is working as a corporate journalist and is doing very well for herself.” For now, he’s looking forward to Rahul Dholakia’s Society, in which he shares screenspace with Randhir Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.