Rishi Kapoor as Khushwant Singh, a biopic on the writer is being planned

Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi
Jul 29, 2018 04:50 PM IST

Actor Rishi Kapoor says that his life is “zero and boring” and that nobody should attempt at making a film on his life, but the possibility of portraying the renowned writer in a film intrigued him

Ranbir Kapoor has been garnering praise for his portrayal of Sanjay Dutt in Sanju, a film based on Dutt’s life. When we asked Ranbir’s father, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor if he would someday like to have a biopic made on his life, the instant response was, “I don’t think that’s a good idea ... my life is zero and boring! Nobody should attempt at making a film on my life.”

Actor Rishi Kapoor would be seen in films Mulk and Rajma Chawal, both releasing soon.
Actor Rishi Kapoor would be seen in films Mulk and Rajma Chawal, both releasing soon.

However, the actor is quick to add that he is not averse to the idea of being a part of a biopic made on someone else’s life, where he gets to portray the lead role. He reveals, “Let me tell you that I have been approached for a biopic. And it’s very interesting that somebody wants me to agree at this stage [of my career] to do it. They want to make a biopic on Khushwant Singh with me [portraying Singh].”

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Singh, who died in 2014, was a renowned author and columnist. He was also a lawyer, diplomat and a member of parliament. But he is best remembered for his literary works, most popular among them perhaps is his book, Train to Pakistan, which was also made into a film in 1998.

Kapoor adds that he was quite intrigued with the very idea of a biopic being made on the author’s life. “When I heard about it, I said it sounds good because a lot of people do not know [about] his earlier life. He had a very daring and colourful life in his younger days. But, they would have to take somebody else to portray his younger version. I can play the ‘fat’ Khushwant Singh, maybe with a little more of padding on my body (laughs),” says Kapoor.

So is the film happening anytime soon? “It was about six months back when somebody asked me about this. And I even said yes to it. I don’t know what is happening after that,” he says.

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