Although competition is at an all-time high, especially in his age group, Aditya Roy Kapur doesn’t look flustered. He isn’t in a hurry. As his latest film gets him rave reviews, the 30-year-old talks about his career, his plans for the future and learning from his contemporaries.
A number of young actors, including you, debuted around the same time. Do you feel the competition?
All of us are still relatively young. So, I am still finding my groove. And it’s not just me. I guess all of us are still discovering what kind of films we will be readily accepted in.
Actors like Ranveer (Singh) and Varun (Dhawan) have moved very fast in the last year or so…
Since I haven’t had many releases [in the recent months], I don’t think you can say the same about me (smiles). I will be in a better position to answer this question, maybe, by the end of this year. I think others (actors in his age group) have had releases last year too. In fact, Ranveer and Varun had two-three films, and they were successful. So, both of them, quite deservedly, will be spoken about in that light.
Does the competition keep you on your toes?
If you look at something good that has happened to someone else, and if you can derive the positives from their achievements, then I think about what qualities would I like to imbibe from them.
What are these qualities?
When I look at Varun, I see the drive he has while promoting his films and how he has understood that part of the film-making process — connecting with the audience. I would like to learn that, rather than thinking, “Oh, I don’t like him because of that.” I am envious of that quality; and I want to learn it, because it’s an important part of film-making.
Where do you see your career five years down the line?
I don’t look at the future in a planned manner. But I have certain hidden dreams, which are important [to me]. It’s important to have certain visions. I had them before Aashiqui 2 (2013), and I also have them now. It’s all to do with me doing a better job, getting good work and doing more films.
Do you have any particular plans for the future?
I would love to do crossover work, if I get the opportunity. There are so many people like Priyanka (Chopra), Nimrat (Kaur) and Deepika (Padukone), who are doing that. Maybe, they are getting good work [in the West] that lends itself to having Indian actors. I would love to explore such projects in the next one-two years, and maybe pursue it actively. I will find it exhilarating to work in a different set-up, with a new set of people who are dealing with different subjects.
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