Arjun Kapoor On Coping With Loss, Need For A Life Partner, And The Unsung Hero Of His Career


Hey, your friend is busy right now. Can I take a message?” asks Arjun Kapoor playfully, as he answers a call on my phone. “Or even better, why don’t you talk to me,” he goes on, teasing my friend. As she tries to gather her wits, the actor finally reveals his true identity. Needless to say, she’s over the moon. After hanging up, he sheepishly smiles, “I hope you didn’t mind. I just thought that’d be fun.” In fact, I thought it was rather cool. After all, it is not every day you meet a jaunty actor who leaves you amused rather than awed. Arjun’s a charmer without being aware of it. Add to it, his frankspeak and the effect is lethal. Currently, the actor’s on a career high. Both Gunday and 2 States have had a roaring run. With the latter he has even managed to break his rugged hero image. And he has two promising films, Finding Fanny and Tevar coming up. Taking a break from his busy schedule, he talks about love, life and flings...


You must be ecstatic with the great response that 2 States has won...

Yes, naturally. I’m glad people have liked the film and understood the nuances of my character. It’s a good feeling to know that both 2 States and Gunday worked. Aurangzeb hadn’t. I was in oblivion for a year and no one cared. So staying grounded is of utmost importance to me. Many have reached my position and ruined their careers thanks to their arrogance and attitude. I sure as hell don’t want to be one of them. Plus, I’ve grown up in this profession. I’ve learnt a lot by observing things. You can only survive here if you stand the test of time. Yes, hits and flops are important. But the right attitude is the most important.

So what keeps you grounded?

People in my family have seen far bigger highs and worse lows. I have a reality check at home. And then there’s Aditya Chopra, who treats us like he treated us on day one. It’s great to be surrounded by people who keep you level headed. Also, my father (Boney Kapoor) would kick my ass if I wasn’t grounded.

How have you found the trade-off between stardom and losing anonymity?

Success demands sacrifices. Nothing in life comes easy. I believe it’s a small price to pay for the adulation and love one receives. I’m not the kind who will crib, “Damn it, yaar, I can’t go out and eat bhel puri.” If you choose this profession you have to live with such things. Plus, I’d rather be known than be anonymous any day. I enjoy it. People who say otherwise are lying.


Your uncle Anil Kapoor has been your inspiration. Do you aspire to have a career graph like him?

Yes, I’m inspired by Anil Chachu. I do look up to him for his work ethic. But knowing me, it will be naive of me to emulate someone beyond a point. I’d rather be my own person, which is the toughest thing to do in this profession.

Do you fear losing success?

Oh, yes I do. And if that ever happened, I would work doubly hard to get it back in some way or the other.

It is addictive, isn’t it?

Yes, it becomes your second nature. It’s like wearing clothes. And if it’s taken away, you feel naked.


With 2 States, you have also managed to break your bad boy image…

Just because I played macho characters in Ishaqzaade, Aurangzeb and Gunday, the media gave me the ‘bad boy’ label. My roles in 2 States and Finding Fanny are different. In fact, Homi Adajania wanted to cast me in Fanny after he saw Ishaqzaade. Also, I am consciously choosing different kind of roles. I’ve refused films that could’ve slotted me.

You’ve constantly denied link-up rumours with Alia Bhatt. Are you single?

Yes, very much so...

Why? You’re eligible and charming.

Yaar, I barely have time to go and watch a film in the theatre these days, where will I find the time to date a girl? I have a lot to achieve.

I have to wholeheartedly focus on my career.


But don’t you miss having that special someone?

Yeah, on some days I do. But on some days, I’m glad I am single because I’m not answerable to anyone. I know I’m being a bit selfish here but that’s how it is.

What are the qualities your girl must possess?

It’s silly to have a prototype because one inevitably falls for someone unexpected. My only criterion is – she can’t just look nice, she must have a personality too. A relationship will be futile if it’s based just on physicality. An interesting woman can be stimulating. Intellectual stimulation is a must for me.

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Source : http://www.filmfare.com/features/ive-been-in-many-physical-relationships-6387.html

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