Anil Kapoor He surprised fans with his performance in “JugJugg Jeeyo” and is now looking forward to another blockbuster with “Animal.” In addition to his film roles, the veteran star is also set to take on the role of grandfather, Sonam Kapoor Soon to be a mother. In an exclusive interaction with ETimes, Anil Kapoor shares interesting bits and pieces of his life on and off screen.
After Nitu Kapoor, you will be with Ranbir Kapoor in “animals”. How was the experience?
I look forward to it. That’s my next film, and I’ve already started prepping, swatches and scenes are done. I think we start on Sunday. The initial session has taken place, and now I’m going to be fully into “animals”. This is my next movie, and I’m very immersed in it.
You recently worked in this industry for 39 years. How fulfilling is this feeling?
Oh that’s so beautiful! I didn’t realize it until one of my fans told me that “Woh 7 Din” was released exactly 39 years before “JugJugg Jeeyo.” Can you believe it, in “JugJugg Jeeyo” I’m from Patiala, and in “Woh 7 Din” my character is from Patiala and became a music director. So it’s very, very exciting to be a filmmaker who is tradable, accessible, marketable and still wants to work with me for 39 years, and I really feel like I’m working hard every step of the way.
No matter what I have, my family, my success, my kids, my friendships, my relationship with the director, it’s hard work and I give everything and do it honestly. I have made mistakes but learned from them. I’ve done everything I can to improve myself, not just as an actor, but as a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a team player. I am doing my best to improve myself.
How would you describe your journey across four decades?
Basically I was facing the camera in 1977. So from 77 to 82, almost five years was tough, where I played big roles, I did several regional films and others like “Shakti”, “Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya”, “Rachna”, “Ek Baar Kaho”, “Hamare Tumhare”, “Pallavi Anu Pallavi”. This was all before ‘Woh 7 Din’. People don’t remember those, but that’s where I went from home to the office to work and audition. Back then, they would never film auditions. You have to go to the office, show your pictures and perform in front of them. I have been through that journey. So that’s a phase, but from ’83, from the release of “Woh 7 Din” to now, from June 23 to now, it’s been very exciting. Hopefully, in future projects, I will maintain this desire to work.
Are there any movies you regret rejecting?
Yes, of course there are times when you feel like you should say yes, but that’s part of any career. Sometimes you make movies that other people reject. Sometimes you get a lot out of these things. Sometimes one of the movies I turn down, someone else has done and they got something, but no regrets.
You are going to be a grandpa. How are you going to balance so many characters in real life?
I’ve enjoyed every stage of my life and I’ve always been at the forefront. When I went to get married, everyone said ‘don’t get married, you got married too early’, but I got married. When I had kids, everyone said, ‘You know, it’s too early to have kids’, but I have my kids. The kids grew up with me and became my friends. And I know I have to do what I do because the film career is only a part of me, not my whole life.
There are many other important things – your health, your health, your family life, your decency.
Do you feel that your career in India and your career overseas are important in your own way?
When I go to a small village, or I go to a slum, or I travel abroad, I meet executives and stars in the world, and when they know what I do and appreciate it, they respect me. I think That’s what makes me happy. No matter where I go and where I come from, from the top to the intellectuals to the poorest of the poor who don’t speak the language, I’m happy when they all give me love and affection. Not only here in India, And anywhere they’ve seen my work. I shot some films that exposed me, not only in India but all over the planet.