It’s no secret that Anil Kapoor looks much younger than many of his contemporaries. Probably that’s why the film industry and his fans want to know how he manages to look this fit and ageless. The actor insists that he wasn’t always this conscious of his health.
Revealing how it all started, he says, “When Vidhu (Vinod Chopra, producer-director) approached me for 1942 – A Love Story (1994), I asked him, ‘Why do you want to cast me in a romantic lead role? I’m a father of three kids. Cast younger guys like Aamir (Khan), Bobby (Deol).’ But he pushed me. So it became a challenge (for me), and that’s how I got hooked on to fitness.”
In two weeks from now, the 53-year-old actor will be seen in an action-packed role in his upcoming TV show. “I’ve always done roles that have suited me, and I was never delusional about myself. I was conscious and I knew when I had to get fitter to look a part. I’ve never built my physique or bulked up. I’ve always wanted to be fit and fresh. I began enjoying the whole fitness regime back then and have maintained it since,” says Kapoor, who won’t be taking a break unlike the rest of the crew of his show. “Immediately after I finish the episodes, I’ll start shooting for (Anees Bazmee’s) Welcome Back. Others from the unit are going scuba-diving and on holidays. For me, doing a comedy film will be relaxing.”
‘If it’s a success, others will follow’
Ask Anil if the Indian adaptation of the TV show, 24, can be a game changer and he says, “Who am I to say that? People will decide. If it’s a success, then others will follow. There are other actors and directors who have been approached for TV shows. There is a positive buzz about my show. Deep down, everyone in TV and Bollywood wants it to work.”
There are many stunts in the show but the actor says they’ve “not shown larger-than-life or artificial action. We’ve kept it real.” Adding that he loves his intense role on the show, which also has emotional elements, the actor says, “The toughest part of the show is that it’s relentless, as there is no pause.”