Exclusive | Every film promises an experience: Arjun Kapoor
While many think having a filmy background makes one’s entry to film world easy, it isn’t the case always. For someone like Arjun Kapoor, working hard and gaining first-hand experience that helped him reach these heights.
After his schooling, Arjun’s first on-the-job experience was as an assistant director on Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003, and then for Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love. He then worked with his father as associate producer for No Entry and Wanted.
Call it talent, luck or sheer hard work, touted as a promising rising star Arjun believes that his three-film deal with Yash Raj Films was the turning point in his life.
Debuting with Ishaqzade in 2012, Arjun then bagged the lead role in action-thriller Aurangzeb and Gunday under the same banner. His next release, ‘Finding Fanny’ opposite Deepika Padukone is just round the corner.
Sharing his experience in the industry over the last couple of years as an actor, he said, “I’ve never thought of being an actor only because of the way I looked physically. But it did take lots of efforts, support of friends and dedication to help me make it till here”.
Hailing from a filmy family, Arjun believes, he was bound to film loves. “I am a huge Anil Kapoor fan (who happens to be his uncle as well). I have loved watching his film’s like Ram Lakhan, Mr. India and others. Also, I have really enjoyed films by Mr. David Dhavan as well. Since I have been in a filmy all my life and hence I’ve grown up watching and liking films of all the genres”.
Speaking about his next project ‘Finding Fanny’, he said, “I am glad for the opportunity which I’ve got with this film, since apart from me, this film has a stellar star-cast of talented actors like Pankaj Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Deepika and others. I am playing the character of Savio in the film, which is what attracted me to the film”.
Finding Fanny, a English/Hindi satirical film, is been directed and written by Homi Adajania and produced by Dinesh Vijan under Maddock Films and presented by Fox Star Studios. The film is based on a road trip set in Goa and follows the journey of five dysfunctional friends who set out on a road trip in search of Fanny, the love-interest of the character played by Naseeruddin Shah.
“More than a film, Finding Fanny was a learning experience for me as an actor, as I’ve learned loads of things from all the actors while making this film. We all have given our best and hope that our hardwork and efforts pays off. We all are looking forward for the film”, he further added.
While he has a good collection of action-thriller based films to his credit, he also has done rom-coms like 2 States. Speaking of experimenting with different genres right at the start of his career, he said, “In this span of my journey I’ve done romantic dramas and action thrillers and as an actor and will continue to do films which will excite me. I don’t think much on whether to do this film now or later as I believe that each film promises a new experience and also helps to understand what is working well for you”.
After Finding Fanny, Arjun Kapoor will next be seen in Tevar opposite Sonakshi Sinha, an action-romance directed by Amit Sharma and produced by Boney Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor. The film is expected to release in January, 2015. [By Ranjana Gupta| Twitter: @RGrightsreserve]