Having proved his mettle as an actor in his three-decade-long career in Bollywood, Anil Kapoor wants to now try his hand at direction. And he is clear that for his debut directorial film, he wants to work with his daughter, Sonam Kapoor. “But she isn’t agreeing,” he told us last year.
In this interview, we ask
Why don’t you want your father to direct you?
I am very proud to be my
daughter, and I feel a lot of things have come to me easily in the industry because of him. At the same time, I don’t want to use his stardom to propel myself in the industry. I don’t think I deserve to be on the same platform with him.
What makes you think so?
I don’t want to use him as a stepping stone because he has worked very hard to get to his position. I have always tried to find my own identity because I don’t want to blemish his reputation with any of my mistakes. When I feel I am capable enough to have my name attached to his in any kind of work, I will do so. Till then, I am happy with my sister producing my films.
But wouldn’t you like to work with Anil Kapoor, the director?
I would, but he freaks me out by saying such nice things about me. He feels I am a really good actor, really capable and amazing etc. And I am like, ‘Gosh, maybe, I am not, maybe he will find out.’ He is not even allowed to come to the sets of my films. I don’t want to let him down.
Are you open to acting with him?
I would die if I had to act with him; I cannot (laughs). But, when we do, we would like to do something amazing together. And there’s nothing exciting that has come our way till date.