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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

No girl looked at me because I was overweight: Armaan Jain

IANS  New Delhi, June 23, 2014
First Published: 18:15 IST(23/6/2014) | Last Updated: 18:58 IST(23/6/2014)
Newcomer Armaan Jain’s debut film is ready to take off, but his love life is yet to begin. The 23-year-old grandson of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor confesses that he has never been in a relationship, ­probably due to his weight.

“I’ve never had a girlfriend. It sounds very funny, but I haven’t. I don’t know why. It was probably because I was around 95 kilos, so no one probably looked at me. After that also, all the girls I knew made me their brother. They tied me rakhi,” says the Bollywood debutant.

“And I started ­working very young. I was focused. I didn’t have time to go out also,” adds Armaan, who assisted filmmaker Karan Johar when he was a teenager. If not for a girlfriend’s sake, the son of investment banker Manoj Jain and Raj Kapoor’s ­daughter Rima, chose to cut down on fat to become an actor.

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“I was really fat. I ­wanted to pursue acting. I realised that I had to stop ­eating at some point and get serious with gymming and diet,” he says.

Being related to the Kapoor family of Bollywood might seem like a life full of movies and songs, but Armaan says that it wasn’t so. “Growing up was not filmy or watching too many films. Coming from an investment banking ­background, for me, it was more of watching stock ­markets than films,” he says.

His decision to quit ­education and join the film industry came as a surprise to his parents, but they ­supported him. “They told me to follow my passion and that they would back me as long as I work hard,” he says.

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