After starting out as a VJ, Aditya Roy Kapur went on to make his Bollywood debut in 2009. Now, he is looking forward to his seventh release. Here, he talks to us about his life, career, and more.
How has your journey in showbiz been so far?
It has been a journey of self-discovery. Even when I was a VJ, I never imagined myself as an actor. I didn’t grow up watching Hindi films and loving them, or wanting to become a Bollywood actor. That, to me, was the most fantastical idea. When I did London Dreams (2009), I did it more to travel to London, UK, and to play a guitarist (laughs). I was like, “Let’s see what acting is all about.” And I discovered that I loved it.
Do you think things would have been different had you started off as a lead hero?
It (playing supporting roles) has given me perspective about the industry, something I would have never got had I played the lead. I was never the most important guy on the sets. Even after my first two films, I wasn’t getting the work I was hoping to get. Somewhere in my heart, I had a feeling that something bigger and better is in store.
Your family has been part of the industry for a long time…
Yes, but one generation before my dad, who had nothing to do with films. [But] we never grew up in an ‘industry family’.
There’s a perception that you got things easily because you are Siddharth Roy Kapur’s (Bollywood producer) brother.
I don’t feel bad or take offence to that. But, it hasn’t happened like that. Since I was a VJ, I was already a bit popular. So, it all happened organically. Siddharth, too, entered the industry around London Dreams. So, there was no possibility of him helping me.
Does the success of your contemporaries make you feel insecure?
No, but you get spurred on. When I see a contemporary deliver a good performance, I get inspired to do better. I don’t sit and mull over other people’s successes; that can be unhealthy. I never get sullen, sad or envious, because those emotions will get me nowhere.
It has been two years since your last film, Daawat-e-Ishq, released. Isn’t that a considerable gap to have between two films?
Definitely, but it wasn’t a planned move. My upcoming film was supposed to release a few months ago. So, it wouldn’t have been a 2016 release. But it got delayed for some reasons. After Daawat-e-Ishq, I didn’t find a script — other than this one — that I really liked. But with time, I have realised that I will not keep finding scripts that I will go mad about. I don’t want to do only one film a year; I want to work more. I don’t think it is good to have such a gap [between two releases], especially at this stage of my career when I am still establishing myself. I would like to do at least two films a year.
Do you think you have been slow in signing projects?
Yes, of course. After Action Replayy (2010) and Guzaarish (2010), I sat at home for almost a year-and-a-half before I signed Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD; 2013). I was waiting for the right scripts to come to me. From London Dreams (2009) and Action Replayy to Guzaarish, I was working non-stop, and then there was a gap. Then, YJHD and Aashiqui 2 (2013) worked out at the same time, and six months later, Daawat-e-Ishq happened. Post that, there was a gap again.
You are set to work with Shraddha Kapoor again…
I am very excited. For me, too, it will be a different zone to get into. It will be different from Aashiqui 2; it is in a space that I’m sure both of us will enjoy. It will be a good break for me after some intense roles.
Do you still get offered characters that require you to act like an alcoholic?
I think by now people know that I have had enough alcohol on screen. The makers feel that I like intense stuff, so they tell me, ‘This is a very intense role, not a bubblegum part.’ But while I enjoy the intense parts, I need to explore new spaces too, something like what I’ll be doing in Shaad Ali’s (director) film.