The boy from Katra Neel in old Delhi has made Mumbai his karmabhoomi. But Rajat Kapoor, filmmaker, theatre person and actor, remains a true dilliwala.
He talks about his next directorial venture Mithya and his passion for ‘his’ kind of films that reflect a lot about him.
You have grown up in Delhi. Do you miss the city?
So much. I miss Delhi’s chill, sweets, roads and just everything. But now I’m in Mumbai, and that’s also kind of okay. <b1>
Where does Mithya come from?
I can’t say. I wish, I knew. This story has been with me for almost nine years. After Raghu Romeo also, I was asked the same question and I had no clue about that. Mithya is story about one’s identity. It’s a comic thriller.
You had Vijay Raaj in mind for Mithya but it’s Ranvir Shorey finally...
Well, I had written Mithya with Naseeruddin Shah in mind. He had liked the script and wanted to do it. But we couldn’t raise funds. And now, he’s little old for this.
Are you happy with your kind of films?
Indeed. I can’t do any other kind of cinema. I do get many offers but I can only be a part of a film that touches or reflects my sensibilities. If in the process, I make a bad film, it should be a Rajat Kapoor kind of bad film.
Would you ever make a film with a commercial star like Salman Khan or John Abraham?
Why not? But these commercial stars have to be interested in my kind of films. Indeed, I wanted Saif to do the lead in Mithya. But that’s like a one-sided affair.
What happens when it’s not work?
I have two beautiful children and a lovely wife. Life is beautiful, with or without films. So I enjoy it.