Films often borrow from reality.
But Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat seems to have borrowed from a 2001 film starring Anil Kapoor. After inaugurating more than 1,800 schemes in a day, Rawat said, at a recent public event, that he was "inspired by the role of Anil Kapoor in Nayak".
In the film, Kapoor played the Maharashtra CM for a day. Even though he’s busy with a film in Dubai, Kapoor takes time out to talk about Rawat’s comment, and politics.
What do you make of the Uttarakhand CM’s comments?
It’s phenomenal… Not just Mr Rawat, several ministers and CMs have been inspired by the film. Even Mr Arvind Kejriwal’s style of functioning (as the Delhi CM) was compared to that of my character. Nayak finds resonance not just among politicians, but also those who want to do something for their constituency, state or country.
What’s helped the film grow?
When it came out, youngsters weren’t used to taking a stand the way they do today. I feel a lot changed after the Anna Hazare movement, when people started opening up against corruption. And, thanks to its re-runs on TV, it’s become such a huge success. If Nayak was to release today, it’d have been a bigger hit.
Do people talk to you about the film even now?
A few days back, when I was in Chandigarh to support Kirronji (Kher), people spoke to me about my character in Nayak. I told them, 'I’m not a nayak in real life. I’m just an actor.'
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Do you ever see yourself in politics?
Not at all. I’m a very apolitical person. But, yes, I will support individuals — if I believe in them — regardless of what party they belong to.
Your kids are also eligible voters. Do they keep track of the political developments in the country?
Sonam is very clued in to what’s happening. I don’t know about Harsh and Rhea. But I’m sure they will make an informed decision.
Is there any development on the sequel to Nayak?
Once I am done with my current film, Nayak Returns will be the next thing on my agenda.