Actor Annu Kapoor was recently seen in the film Missing.
Actor Annu Kapoor was recently seen in the film Missing.

When Annu Kapoor felt cheated and reduced to a junior artist in a film

Actor Annu Kapoor, who has a three decade-long career in the film industry, shares a recent incident that left him feeling betrayed.
Hindustan Times | By Rishabh Suri, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 06:30 PM IST

Actor Annu Kapoor is a prominent name in Bollywood. Over the years, he has left a mark in the mind of cinema-goers with his performances — be it Mr Gaitonde in Mr India (1987), Dr Chaddha in Vicky Donor (2012), or Advocate Pramod Mathur in Jolly LLB 2 (2017).

However, what also catches our attention is how he has majorly done supporting roles. Does being tagged as a character actor bother him? Annu points out that it’s not just this; there are several other things that he has faced in the industry.

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“There are a lot of problems in one’s life, so many pangs; how much can one tell? But let me share a bigger problem that I had faced recently. What happened was, a filmmaker signed me for a particular character, but then it turned out to be something else later,” he says.


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Not ready to reveal details, the actor adds, “I felt cheated by the writer and director. They reduced me to a junior artist! I didn’t back out of the film, but I did ask for a meeting with the producers, director, and writers. I didn’t have any complaints with the producer though. A couple of days before this, when I had read the script, I had sent a message to the writers: ‘Your script is unimpressive and pretentious’. I didn’t get any answer [even then]. I felt betrayed.”

Moving on, Annu shares that having completed three decades in the industry, new releases do not excite him any more. “At my age, I am no longer excited about anything. If I get too excited, I’ll get a heart attack! There are young guys who go around saying ‘I’m very, very excited [for my new film]; woh zara si baat pe excited ho jaate hain. Baad mein pata chalta hai the film had no content, and it flops at the box office,” he says.

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