With bigger budgets, more money is being pumped in films and many would feel that the Indian film industry has grown ten folds. However, actor Rajat Kapoor is of a different opinion. “Why are people so shocked when a film’s huge budget is revealed? Bollywood has not changed in all these years. Script is the last thing on the mind even now and the money being put in to make a film is huge. People have always had the complained that more thought could be in the script,” says Kapoor, who has been part of critically acclaimed films such as Monsoon Wedding(2001), Bheja Fry (2007) and Dasvidaniya (2008).
Having been part of Bollywood for over two decades as an actor, Kapoor has helmed plenty of films as well and donning the director’s hat has only helped him understand the art of filmmaking better.“The fact that I know exactly what the director wants, helps me deliver the product in that way and having been behind the camera, it gives me more empathy with the filmmaker,” says the actor and he adds, “There are no creative differences because as an actor I am very submissive in front of the vision of the director and I understand that the film is a director’s medium. We should not fight that and this is what I expect from my actors and I want to give it.”
While he has always endorsed the platform of independent films, the actor elaborates on what kind of roles get his attention.“I make it a point that thescripts that I say yes to are not incoherent, which means there should at least be an idea of a script. My role should not be a walk on. However, I would do a walk on in a an independent film,” says Kapoor.