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Just two films old, Arjun Kapoor is already considered among Bollywood’s top young talents. Here, he discusses his equation with co-star Ranveer Singh, their alleged tiff over actor Anushka Sharma and how his cousin, actor Sonam Kapoor (who happened to walk in half-way through this interview), is his possessive, mother-like sibling.
You used to be very reserved. Now, you seem more open. Is this Ranveer’s influence?
It’s not just about one person. I’ve now let my guard down because I’m getting respect from the audience, the media and the fraternity in general. But yes, Ranveer has had an impact on me as a person, in a good way. He’s a positive guy. Whatever the media disliked about him a few years ago is exactly what they like about him now.
Reportedly, your equation with him had soured over Anushka.
If we had a problem, we wouldn’t be doing a film together. We decided that we had each other’s phone numbers to clarify things, and not use newspapers. We met at a party and said, ‘You and I both keep the faith. Let’s not jeopardise our friendship over trivial issues.’ Now, I don’t want our friendship to be jinxed.