Actor Anil Kapoor was completely unaware of international filmmaker Danny Boyle’s name at the time when he was offered Boyle’s directorial venture Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The 60-year-old says that it was his son Harshvardhan Kapoor’s reaction that convinced him to take on that project.
“My son told me that who he (Boyle) was... I told him that this script has come to me and some Danny Boyle wanted to cast me and he was like dad that’s Danny Boyle!...Before I could read the script, he read it,” the actor said recently at the British Film Institute, where he was a special guest.
Talking about his first meeting with Boyle, Kapoor recalled, “When I met him, I told him my son wants an autograph. He asked me ,‘Are you doing the film?’ and I said, ‘Of course I am.’ Then he said , ‘Have you read the script?’ I said, ‘No. My son wants me to do the film, so I am doing it’.”
All praise for the award-winning director, Kapoor adds that he is glad that he got to work with him in such a wonderful film. “He is a genius. He knew that I am the right person for the role and he cast me without any hesitation. I went with my instinct and he went with his. It was a pleasure to know him as a technician. He is not only a great director, but also a phenomenal human being.”
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