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Rishi Kapoor: I have no regrets about romancing, singing songs or dancing around trees

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor talks about his 46-year-long career in Bollywood, his latest film Mulk, plans to take up direction and why he doesn’t regret anything in life.

bollywood Updated: Aug 26, 2018 17:15 IST
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Actor Rishi Kapoor was seen in the courtroom drama, Mulk.

Not the one to mince his words, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor remains equally unperturbed about what people say about his films, roles and controversies that come along. Thankful to God that he’s still getting to be a part of great scripts, the actor hopes to continue doing good work. In a freewheeling chat, Kapoor talks about his 46-year-long career in Bollywood, his latest film Mulk, plans to take up direction and why he doesn’t regret anything in life.

Are you enjoying the kind of roles you are getting to do in your second innings in films?

I enjoy whatever I did in whichever period. I have no regrets about romancing, singing songs or dancing around trees. I made my name and earned money and reputation in the first 25 years of my career. Even now, God has been kind to give me good work, and the strength to imbibe these characters and portray them. I’m absolutely delighted and indebted for this opportunity and hope that I can get more of these kinds of roles.

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How it has been working with younger crop of actors?

They’re hard working and good but at the same time, these are more relaxed actors. They do one or two films. In our times, we used to work in 10 films at a time.

Why didn’t we see you take up direction after Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999)?

I just can’t do. Time bhi nahi aur bandwidth bhi nahi. It [direction] needs a lot of patience, and my passion is acting, not direction. It was a passing phase but I’m no longer interested in it.

Your latest film Mulk ran into various controversies around its release. Has the audience become hyper sensitive?

It’s a commercial film where we took a lot of cinematic liberties to make it engrossing. I think we’re taking the perspective of trolls on social media too seriously. That’s bullshit. Our population is so huge, what percentage in India is that a reflection? Their outlook hardly matters.

Do you agree that filmmakers are taking it upon themselves to make films that give out a message?

Aisa toh nahi hai. But we do look for newer subjects to make films on. Films are basically a reflection of society. A subject of rape has been shown in films since the time Raj Kapoor made Prem Rog, BR Chopra made Insaaf Ka Taraaju, Rajkumar Santoshi made Damini. So, it’s nothing new.

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Is it unfair on audience’s part to expect that Bollywood should touch upon all social issues?

What’s wrong in that? If one can serve the society by means of cinema, they must but make sure you don’t distort facts and figures.

The Delhi High Court recently said that actors can’t be held liable for dialogues they say onscreen. Your views?

We have censorship and if the censor [board] allows the film, then how can you challenge that? How can someone take some objection after a film has been censored? The board has got the authority to pass a film, what’s your problem?

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First Published: Aug 26, 2018 17:15 IST