He is 56. Yet, Anil Kapoor could easily get away with claiming he’s much younger. And audiences and newspapers alike have constantly wondered how the man manages to defy age.
Now, Hrithik Roshan, speaking at an event where Kapoor was present, said that he no longer refers to him as Anil Uncle: “I have dropped the uncle; because there’s no way he can look like an uncle,” Hrithik said. The said event was the trailer launch of Hrithik’s upcoming superhero film, Krrish 3 (on August 5).
When we later asked Anil about the compliment, he said, “I’m not delusional. I have three grown-up children-Sonam, Rhea and Harsh, so when people say I can compete with youngsters, I don’t take it very seriously.”
Kapoor hosted the trailer launch event since “dear friend” Rakesh Roshan had specially requested him to do so. What came as a surprise, however, was Hrithik stating that he was deeply influenced by Kapoor’s acting style. Addressing Kapoor, Hrithik said, “Thank you… for being such an incredible influence on me as an actor. When I started off, I remember every single person who was observing me told me, ‘You are so much like Anil Kapoor.’ I was his assistant for four years while my dad was working with him, so my entire model of acting is based on him.”
However, Kapoor laughs it off, saying, “Everyone has their own style. But when Duggu (Hrithik) said that, I was moved. I respect him, because hardworking people have always impressed me. When they (the Roshans) were working together for Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000), Rakesh would tell me, ‘Yeh bilkul tere jaisa hai (He is like you).’ But I would deny that.”
Kapoor has worked with the veteran director in several films, including Kala Bazaar (1989), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) and Khel (1991; on which Hrithik was assisting his father).