Arjun Kapoor compares Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra with Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra
Arjun Kapoor speaks about his co-stars -- Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra and their strengths.Updated: Feb 26, 2019 12:20 IST
Arjun Kapoor is perhaps one of those lucky few actors from the younger crop who has been paired with leading ladies of his age as well as actors from the senior lot. From Parineeti Chopra in Ishaqzaade (2012) and Namaste England (2018), and Alia Bhatt in 2 States (2014), to Priyanka Chopra in Gunday (2013) and Kareena Kapoor in Ki & Ka (2016), Arjun has had the best of both worlds.
Asked if he noticed any major difference working with the experienced set of actors vis-à-vis a co-stars his age, he says, “Of course, everybody with experience will get better, more relaxed, and more able to take direction, happier to deal with whatever comes their way. When you are young, you sometimes are not able to deal with everything; you react to everything happening around you. But, when you are a bit sorted and slightly more experienced, you are calmer through everything.”
However, the actor doesn’t want to dismiss the fact that he got to work with Alia and Parineeti when they too were starting out their respective journeys in films. “So I have worked with a different Alia. Today, after seven years, I’m sure she’s a different person. Likewise, Kareena and Priyanka must have been different people when they started out and were newcomers [in Bollywood],” he adds.
Having said this, Arjun is not reluctant to admit there’s definitely a fundamental difference which can’t be overlooked. “The one thing I can turn around and definitely say is that there is an ace and spontaneity that a Bebo and PeeCee have in the first and second take, for which maybe a Parineeti and an Alia would need three takes. That’s the only difference. Kareena and Priyanka would be able to pick up directions faster and react quicker to a director. But that’s just a very vague way of putting it,” says the actor, who asserts it’s only experience that makes a person wiser in an art form because “you kind of know what mistakes not to make. But, one can only reach there by making those mistakes. So, it’s a very strange thing to compare.”
Elaborating his point, he says, “For Parineeti to have Priyanka’s experience, she has to go through her own experiences. For Alia to have that kind of spontaneity that she reacts to a situation the moment she hears the director’s instructions, she has to go through her experience. And only then she can reach a stage where how Kareena today — in one or two takes — gives exactly what the director wants. So, you have to be young and vulnerable to be mature and composed is the way of life.”