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?I did not have to struggle?

HE LEFT the soft business option of his father in Kolkata to foray into something creative. Mahesh Bhatt spotted this 19-year-old on the roadside standing beside his motorbike and instantly signed him for ?Dastak?.

india Updated: May 04, 2006 01:25 IST

HE LEFT the soft business option of his father in Kolkata to foray into something creative. Mahesh Bhatt spotted this 19-year-old on the roadside standing beside his motorbike and instantly signed him for ‘Dastak’.

Sharad Kapoor, who made his debut as an obsessed lover opposite Sushmita Sen in Mahesh Bhatt’s movie in 1994, feels that it is very vital to have a positive mental framework. “It is probably my positive attitude that helps me tide over the blues of life. God has been really kind to me, as I did not have to struggle in true sense”

Sharad had come to Bhopal on Wednesday to participate in a cricket tournament in memory of cricketer Rakesh Soni. The programme was organised by Azizuddin of Raj Cinema Hall.

After ‘Dastak’, which got a tepid response, Sharad’s stars climbed uphill with ‘Josh’ in which he was pitted against Shahrukh Khan. He has some good banner movies lined up for 2006 including ‘Dahek’, ‘Radhey Shyam’, ‘Sita Ram’ and ‘Panchhi’.

The Bollywood is an apt platform for realising your creativity instincts, he said adding, “Like other professions, we also have our good and bad phases but they are all ephemeral.”

Conceding that the film industry was oscillating through a lean phase, he said, “This is all temporary and the graph would go up again.”

“I came with just Rs 300 in my pocket but today, after being a part of this industry for more than a decade, my entire body language has changed. I have also become very choosy.”

On his other interests besides acting he says: “I like soccer and cricket, and I also like to help people. I abhor hypocrisy. It is better to be genuine and blunt rather than playing double games.” On his fitness mantra he said, “I don’t take carbohydrates in the night.”

How does he see himself five years hence? “A very big actor because I believe in myself.”