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I don’t approve of classifying people and films: Rajat Kapoor

Actor Rajat Kapoor argues that when movies are not made to fit into specific categories like mainstream or art house cinema, then why give them tags later?

bollywood Updated: May 24, 2016 17:14 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Rajat Kapoor,Waiting,Naseeruddin Shah
Actor Rajat Kapoor says he does not like films being categorised under different labels.(Hindustan Times)

Actor Rajat Kapoor isn’t a fan of classification of films of any kind. He says a filmmaker only makes a movie on a subject he or she likes and that Bollywood churns out films for all kinds of audience. Then why do we categorise cinema into art house, parallel, mainstream or women centric or “give them tags based on their storyline?” asks the 55-year-old.

“People who are making films are not making categories. They are either chasing their beliefs or box office. These are the only two things that matter. I don’t approve of categorisation anywhere, of classifying people and films,” adds Kapoor, who has worked in films such as Monsoon Wedding (2001), Dasvidaniya (2008) and That Girl In Yellow Boots (2010).

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The actor has concerns regarding the state of independent films in India. “There are not enough independent films being made in our country. We make about 1500 films in a year, out of which only five or six such films are made. This is a terrible percentage and I think we should be ashamed of ourselves,” he says, adding: “I think it’s a question of belief and what I like. I want to support independent cinema not because I should, but because I want to. These films appeal to my senses.”

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Kapoor, who will be seen in Anu Menon’s directorial, Waiting, says even though he has a small role in the Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin starrer, he had his reasons to take up the film. “I play a doctor who keeps bringing bad news to Naseer and Kalki. It’s not a big role so don’t expect too much. There were many emotional scenes in the film, but they have been cut out now. I did the film because of the script and the fact that it is made in the independent space. I will do anything that I can to support a film like that,” he says.

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First Published: May 24, 2016 17:14 IST