His debut was a solo hero project, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, with Kareena Kapoor in 2001. It was an average grosser but that didn’t stop Tusshar Kapoor from signing a spate a films — a privilege most Bollywood star sons have.
Since then, actor Jeetendra’s son and telly queen Ekta Kapoor’s brother has had several important projects to his credit, including hit multi-starrers Khakee, Kya Kool Hai Hum andGolmaal. Sadly, most of his solo projects — Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa and Kucch To Hai — have been unlucky at the box office.
But one film that seems to have done wonders for his career is Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal, where he stood apart despite the presence of stalwarts like Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi and the Rang De Basanti sensation Sharman Joshi.
"The success of Golmaal has instilled a lot of confidence in me. I want to now test my ground as a solo hero," says Tusshar who has several releases lined up for this year.
Up next is Lovely Singh’s Kya Love Story Hai , a solo-hero film with Ayesha Takia. The film, which is news these day's due to Kareena's It's Rocking item number, however has the stereotypical love triangle that directors today are scared to try out.
But Tusshar seems to be confident about the project.
"I think the film has a different presentation and treatment. It is a very contemporary film with a never-been-seen-before feel. I think the cameraman is the real hero. Besides that, I think love stories can never go out of fashion. They are eternal," says the actor.
Talk veers to Ayesha Takia, his co-star in the film, "She has a great sense of humour and that makes the job easier."
But, doesn't he think that it’s risky to do a solo-hero project?
"No, not really. Hum Tum was a solo-hero film and every second film cannot be a multi-starrer, can it?" asks Tusshar.
Tusshar also says that he's sick of playing a good boy for too long and is now keen on an image makeover.
"I am playing a negative character in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Lokhandwala," says Tusshar.
Maybe that film proves to be a turning point in his career. We'll wait and watch!