He belongs to an illustrious family, with his father, Anil Kapoor, and elder sister, Sonam Kapoor being well-known actors. Harshvardhan Kapoor says he is extremely proud of the way his sister has “fought hard” for her career. “If you look back at her Saawariya (2007) and Delhi-6 (2009) days, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (film-makers) wouldn’t have put their faith in someone who didn’t have talent. It’s as simple as that,” says the actor.
Harsh says that his family members knew that “if you don’t have talent, it’s not possible [to make it]. “Even after Saawariya and Delhi-6, I knew [Sonam will rise]. It’s easy for us to say it, but the confidence of the person who is facing it [failures] can be shaken after setbacks. However, Sonam believed in herself and fought hard. If you have talent and belief in yourself, eventually you will find your place,” he remarks.
The 25-year-old thinks that in Bollywood, or in any other industry, “people are very short-sighted”. “Look at what happened with Arjun (Kapoor; cousin). He had so many successful films, but when Finding Fanny (2014) and Tevar (2015) didn’t do well, people started writing him off. What about all the money movies such as 2 States (2014), Ishaqzaade (2012) and Gunday (2014) made?” he asks.
The actor points out that when Sonam did Aisha (2010) and Khoobsoorat (2014), “nobody was doing solo heroine films at that point”. He adds, “Aisha was a first-of-its-kind chick flick. That started a trend. Today, Neerja is one of the highest grossing solo heroine films of all time.” Post Mirzya, Harsh is busy with his upcoming movie, Bhavesh Joshi, which is “half complete”. “I know people think that we [star kids] have got it easy, and it’s true that we get opportunities. But the kind of opportunities that I am looking for require a different way of seeing things,” he says.