On television, he often plays the ideal husband or son – soft spoken, emotional, considerate and at times, funny. But on the big screen, it seems actor Ram Kapoor is trying to create a different avatar for himself.
Take the recently released Kuch Kuch Locha Hai in which Kapoor played a married man who fantasises about a Bollywood actress played by Sunny Leone; in stark contrast to the roles he usually does. “I grew up fantasising about actresses and the fact that a man of my size fantasises about a glamorous actress is very relatable,” he says.
Was it a deliberate move to change his image? The answer is yes, says Kapoor. “I need to grow in my profession,” he explains. “And for that, it’s essential to challenge myself and experiment.”
Kapoor feels Humshakals (2014) – in which he played a double role though the movie bombed at the box office – got him Kuch Kuch Locha Hai as it broke the stereotype people usually associate him with.
“I wanted to do a masala entertainer and Humshakals was perfect for that. After that, filmmakers realised that I could be cast in masala movies.”
Though Kuch Kuch Locha Hai met with the same fate as Humshakals, Kapoor remains unfazed about his choice of roles. After all, he always has television – his comfort zone – to fall back on.
And that’s exactly what he is doing with Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane – a love story conceptualised by Bollywood director and producer Mahesh Bhatt on Sony. The soap is said to be loosely based on Bhatt’s classic Daddy (1989).
With Dil Ki Baatein...’s script dealing with sensitive issues such as euthanasia and its dilemmas, Kapoor didn’t think twice before grabbing the role. “I love challenges and this is an amazing challenge. So despite date problems, I couldn’t say no. Besides, I grew up idolising Bhatt saheb and didn’t want to miss this opportunity to act under him.”
For Kapoor it was easy to play his part as the loving husband and father. “While playing the character, I replaced Gurdeep Kohli (his wife in the soap) with my real wife Gautami in my imagination and even looked at the children as my own,” he explains.
Kapoor confidently expects Dil Ki Baatein... to change the lives of its viewers. “I’m sure they will start connecting more with their loved ones just like I have after acting in this show. After all, family matters.”
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From HT Brunch, June 14
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