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When I started, I was told I work too hard: Anil Kapoor

Hindustan Times | ByAnjuri Nayar Singh, New Delhi
Oct 26, 2015 05:57 PM IST

Actor Anil Kapoor says that the newer crop of actors remind him of how he was, when he started out in the industry more than three decades back.

Actor Anil Kapoor says that the newer crop of actors remind him of how he was, when he started out in the industry more than three decades back. The 58-year-old says that they are all struggling the way he did. “They are all very committed and sincere. I might be Arjun (Kapoor), Ranbir (Kapoor), Sushant (Singh Rajput) - all of them are committed to their work. (In my time) I was told that I was a person who worked too hard. But now everyone does. They are more like-minded people. Working hard was looked down upon when I started my career, but today it’s cool,” he says.

Anil Kapoor in a still from Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do.
Anil Kapoor in a still from Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do.

However, Anil says that he has always tried to maintain the perfect balance between work and personal life. “That is always a challenge in this profession.

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Trying to balance everything is tough. There are some who sacrifice everything including their family, remain a bachelor and devote themselves to the profession, those are different people, but balancing yourself, leading a fulfilled life in all aspects of a human being is a bigger challenge. That has always been my endeavour,” he says.

The actor adds that he is still evolving as a person and an actor. “I am learning as a father, as a son, as an actor. It’s a learning process. We keep learning and evolving. That’s what I have always tried to do - learn from youngsters, learn from people who are more intelligent, learn from travelling. Plus I am a good listener,” he says.

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The actor, who will soon be launching the second season of his TV show 24, says that the biggest satisfaction for him comes when people enjoy working with him. “I see people happy around me because I am part of that project and that makes me happy. But when they lose money, of course it affects me,” he says.

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