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We might be vying for the same roles but it's professional: Aditya Roy Kapur on Sushant Rajput

Aditya Roy Kapur says he enjoys keeping a low profile; explains why he’s not doing as much work as his contemporaries are. In a candid interview, the actor also talks about Sushant Singh Rajput and more.

bollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2014 10:59 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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They made headlines last year when Aditya Roy Kapur replaced Sushant Singh Rajput in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor.

Later, both got busy with their respective films, but a couple of days back, they made news again when reports suggested that they were at the same studio but refused to acknowledge each other. Aditya brushes such talks aside, saying, "Sushant and I get along really well."

Aditya Roy Kapur took everyone by surprise when he delivered one of the biggest hits of 2013 with Aashiqui 2. The film catapulted him to a new level of fame and also landed him in the media glare.

That explains why a chance meeting he had with Sushant Singh Rajput recently turned into a controversy of sorts, when a report claimed that the two actors aren’t talking any longer.

In this interview, he clears the air about their equation and reveals why he likes staying out of the news.

Is it true that you and Sushant are not on talking terms anymore?
Nothing like that (smiles). I don’t even know how these things come up. We’ve done a couple of shoots and interviews together. But I haven’t met Sushant for a long time. There’s no bad blood or ill feelings between us. Today, we all might be vying for the same roles, but it's just at a professional level and nothing personal.

You usually manage to steer clear of controversies. Did this news upset you?
No, I don’t get upset. If only I am involved in such stories, they go straight out of my mind. But if someone else is also involved with me, then I get a bit cautious.
A lot of young actors, like Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh, have found friends in colleagues Sidharth Malhotra and Arjun Kapoor, respectively.

You are rarely seen fraternising like them, with friends within Bollywood.
In these actors’ cases, they have worked together, and their films have been catalysts for their friendships. I am also equally friendly with them whenever we meet. I get along fine with everyone. But they can’t be called my closest friends. Like everyone else, I have a set of (non-filmi) friends whom I am closest to.

Do you have real ‘friends’ in the industry?
I can’t call a lot of them my ‘friends’, as such. But yes, the people who I’ve worked with have become close to me because we have spent a lot of time together.

Professionally too, you are working less than other young actors
I can’t do a film just for the sake of it. I’m not going to do a film unless there’s something in it to excite me. Daawat-e-Ishq took it’s time to go on the floors, while I was hooked to Fitoor the moment I heard the script.

Unlike others, you’re very quiet about your personal life. Is this a conscious decision?
I’ve always been a quiet person. I’m happy in my own world and I’m also a good boy (laughs).

First Published: Jan 29, 2014 10:47 IST