With two back-to-back hits, Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD), he has emerged as the new star on the block. But Aditya Roy Kapur — whose next is Yash Raj Films’ yet-untitled film (to be directed by Habib Faisal) with Parineeti Chopra — is in no hurry to sign more films. In this candid interview, he opens up about his family, sister-in-law Vidya Balan, and how his life has changed, for the better.
You played an alcoholic in Aashiqui 2 and YJHD. Now we’ve heard that you’re being offered more roles along the same lines.
Alcohol is now a part of my contract. That’s the joke I make, because for some reason, it (drinking) worked in both the films. But I have been told by a lot of people that in terms of screen time, I have had enough alcohol for a lifetime (laughs). So I think I need to take a break.
Are you concerned about being typecast?
You know what? Some people are under the impression that I really have a drinking problem (laughs). So out of concern, they even ask me, ‘Are you fine?’, and I have to tell them, ‘I am fine. I was just acting.’ But some of them refuse to believe me.
Did you expect Aashiqui 2 to become a big hit?
I don’t think anyone had predicted this kind of business for this film. We all knew ki acchi picture banayi hai aur chalegi (that the film was made well and would fare well) but we didn’t foresee that it would become a blockbuster.
How has life changed for you? Has your popularity increased among girls?
I find it tough to ride my bike around Bandra because people recognise me now. But no girls are jumping on me yet (laughs); there’s an occasional scream here and there. I can’t complain about it; but it will take me time to get used to it.
Your home must buzz with creativity, with so many people associated with Bollywood living under one roof?
I can’t lie and say that we don’t talk about films, because we do end up talking a lot about them. The thing is that, somehow all of us landed up in the industry in the last few years. Earlier, we wouldn’t talk about films at all, but now, my parents sometimes have to say, ‘Shut up and talk about something else.’
How have things changed with Vidya coming into the family?
It’s another voice, and quite a strong one, in our conversations. It’s no longer about the three boys blabbering all the time. It’s a good addition, to get a female perspective.
What kind of equation do you share with her?
We gel very well. And that’s how all of us are naturally. We share a friendly relationship. I really look up to her as an actor. Whatever she has achieved is remarkable. She has created her own niche in the industry.