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Aditya Roy Kapur: I got used to failure quite early in my career

Actor Aditya Roy Kapur, who completed 10 years in Bollywood, opens up about his journey so far and how he looks at success and failure. He also reveals his relationship status.

bollywood Updated: Mar 12, 2019 17:33 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Aditya Roy Kapur,Mohit Suri,Malang
Aditya Roy Kapur will soon start shooting for Mohit Suri’s Malang.

Aditya Roy Kapur has switched on the ‘bring it on’ button in his life. Wondering why? Well, after a gap of two years, he has four films — Kalank, Sadak 2, Anurag Basu’s untitled film and Mohit Suri’s next — coming up, and talks are on for more. This time, the Bollywood actor plans to stick around for long as opposed to taking breaks in between. Meanwhile, he also completes a decade in the film industry this year. Looking back at years gone by, Aditya sounds content with “the little he has achieved so far”. He confesses that doing “smaller roles” and “facing failures at the beginning of his career” has in a way molded him. Excerpts from a chat:

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You have a number of films coming up this year. Are you on a signing spree?

It seems like that (laughs). I am happy to be back at work, completely enjoying being on the sets. I really love making films and now I realise how much I missed being here. The break was a little long this time I guess.

How has the decade-long journey been in films both in terms of success and failures?

I began my career doing smaller parts. A couple of films that I did early in my career did not do well, so I was quite acquainted with that feeling. Eventually a couple did do well and it felt great and that kind of changed my life because this happened in quick succession. Highs and lows aren’t new in anyone’s life, and we choose how to deal with these phases. At the end of the day, we don’t know what’s going to work out or not. So the idea for me is to reach a stage where I am doing what I love doing, that’s the most important thing. I haven’t done many films in all these years but now I want to do more. And I don’t want to think about the end product as it’s in no one’s control, it’s pointless to try to micro-manage or plan anything.

But what stopped you from doing more films earlier?

I found it hard to say yes to something if I did not completely feel right about it, so ended up being picky. It’s not something I regret, it’s just a phase that I went through. Now I feel like I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with people that I admire and wonderful stories. That’s pretty much what I am happy about.

Do you feel that when you did fewer films, your contemporaries did much more? Does this competition bother you?

Where is the comparison? There’s competition in everything, but that should be healthy. If one spends too much time thinking about what other people are doing, then it’s going to make him or her unhappy. One can only work for oneself and do things that make them happy. Concentrating on how to make my work do the talking is important.

Coming to your personal life, when are you planning to announce the special person in your life? You are often being linked with…

(Cuts in) Whenever I find love or think of getting married, my fans would know. But now is not the time. As far as dating speculations are concerned then none of them are correct. In fact since I am back, I am expecting more of these rumours. I find them quite amusing (laughs).

Author tweets @Shreya_MJ

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First Published: Mar 12, 2019 17:33 IST

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