Friday December 6, 2019

Actor Anil Kapoor Considers Netflix Great for Indian Talent to Show Capability to World

He said he was not nervous, but a "bit anxious" ahead of the show's launch

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Anil Kapoor, Amritsar
Anil Kapoor. Twitter

Actor-producer Anil Kapoor, who has backed Netflix’s forthcoming show “Selection Day”, says the streaming platform is a fruitful opportunity for Indian talent to showcase their craft to the world.

“This show (‘Selection Day’) is an adaption of a really good novel (Aravind Adiga’s eponymous book). It will be screened on December 28 in more than 190 countries all over the world. I think Netflix is a brilliant platform for Indian actors and technicians to show off their capabilities to the entire world,” Anil Kapoor said here.

Anil said collaborating with Netflix as a producer made him feel that production is no longer a thankless job.

“Earlier I used to feel that production is a thankless job. In our family, my father, my elder brother and I have produced many films. After working with Netflix on this show, I feel that production is no longer a thankless job, but it’s the best job. When you are working with them, nothing gets bigger than that,” he said.

Anil Kapoor. IANS

Anil was interacting with the media at the premiere of “Selection Day” along with Kabir Khan, Akshay Oberoi, Sanya Malhotra, Rhea Kapoor, Samir Kochhar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Farah Khan, Pawan Malhotra, Dalip Tahil, Rajesh Tailang, Yash Dholye and Mohammad Samad here on Tuesday.

On the basic premise of “Selection Day”, Anil said: “Cricket is in the backdrop of this show, but overall it is a coming-of-age story about two brothers and the beautiful bonding between the two. I can say that it’s about the dream of father and his kids.

“There are some parents who want to fulfil their own dreams through their children and there are kids who don’t want to listen to their father when it comes to choosing a career. So, all these things are there in this show.”

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He said he was not nervous, but a “bit anxious” ahead of the show’s launch.

“I have made films on many stories over the years but this project was like a cricket match which we felt that we have won quickly. This show is a complete example of team work similarly like cricket matches,” he said. (IANS)

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Kick Yourself out of Your Comfort Zone: Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor says that he is a simple man with a simple plan

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Anil Kapoor aims at becoming better than before working hard. Wikimedia Commons

BY SUGANDHA RAWAL

Actor Anil Kapoor doesn’t want to get comfortable with his position in the industry, and says he has a simple plan, which is to be better than yesterday.

“I don’t think I ever want to be completely comfortable for fear of complacency. It’s only when you put yourself in uncomfortable situations that you grow and learn,” Anil told IANS.

“So when you find yourself getting too comfortable and too much at ease, kick yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new,” he added.

Anil entered the industry with a small role in 1979 with Umesh Mehra’s “Hamare Tumhare”, and then went on to carve his niche by balancing his stature as a respectable actor and his popularity as a saleable star, with performances including “Woh 7 Din”, “1942: A Love Story”, “Mr. India”, “Tezaab”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Lamhe”, “Beta”, “Taal”, “Nayak: The Real Hero” and “Pukar”.

Actor Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor went on to carve his niche by balancing his stature as a respectable actor and his popularity as a saleable star. Wikimedia Commons

His versatility is proved by the fact that he was equally at home in these international projects as he was in out-and-out Bollywood outings as “No Entry”, “Welcome”, “Race”, “Dil Dhadakne Do”, “Mubarakan”, “Fanney Khan”, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” and “Total Dhamaal”.

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“Strangely enough, my goals haven’t changed much at all! I’m a simple man with a simple plan — to be better than I was yesterday. So that’s what I continue to strive towards,” said the actor, who recently became part of a panel discussion by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films in Kolkata to decode “what makes films powerful”, as part of a six-city tour.

Next, he wants some “time off”.

“Then we dive into ‘Malang’ promotion mode and of course Karan Johar’s ‘Takht’,” he said. (IANS)