Thursday July 18, 2019

Actor Arjun Kapoor Discusses About Pros, Cons of Stardom

Over such a short span of time, Arjun has worked with known directors like R. Balki, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Raj Kumar Gupta, Abhishek Varman, Anees Bazmee, Homi Adajania, Ali Abbas Zafar and Mohit Suri

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By Durga Chakravarty

Actor Arjun Kapoor, who will turn a year older on June 26, says he came well-prepared into the industry and always knew the pros and cons of fame.

Arjun, son of producer Boney Kapoor, has grown up seeing his family members face the glitzy as well as the gloomy sides of the showbiz world.

He rose to fame with his debut film “Ishaqzaade”, which released in 2012, and has maintained a variety with movies like “2 States”, “Finding Fanny”, “Ki & Ka”, “Half Girlfriend” and “India’s Most Wanted”. His next is historical drama, “Panipat”.

On facing the pros and cons of being in the film industry, Arjun, 33, told IANS: “Because I am from the profession as I grew up here, I always knew the pros and cons. I had seen it in my family beforehand. It’s a beautiful profession.

“I have never ever told anybody not to come and attempt it because the payoff is tremendous, and now more-so than ever when more than just your face, it’s about your talent.”

This, he says, has also given rise to a “big equality that is setting in”.

“It is becoming more and more available to people to come and pursue their dreams as long as they have talent and potential. So, it has definitely got a lot of pros but cons are they are for all to see,” added the actor, who is reportedly dating Malaika Arora.

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Actor Arjun Kapoor. Flickr

Arjun started working in the film industry as an assistant director on Nikkhil Advani’s “Kal Ho Naa Ho” in 2003. He also assisted Advani on his next directorial “Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love” and worked as an associate producer on two of his father’s productions — “No Entry” and “Wanted”.

As far as the cons of being in the cinema world is concerned, the actor, who is working towards a brawny built for his next “Panipat”, says he is not the only one dealing with it.

“Everyone who is an actor deals with the cons. Everyone gets the pros as well. So, I don’t like to create this martyr image that ‘poor me’. I am not the first and I would definitely wouldn’t be the last,” he added.

Over such a short span of time, Arjun has worked with known directors like R. Balki, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Raj Kumar Gupta, Abhishek Varman, Anees Bazmee, Homi Adajania, Ali Abbas Zafar and Mohit Suri.

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Working with them has given him enriching and unique experiences.

“I have done ‘Finding Fanny’, ‘Aurangzeb’. ‘Ki & Ka’… As a director, R. Balki sir is not the quintessential commercial filmmaker. For ‘Ki & Ka’, he chose a tone that is fun and frothy but that subject was again very offbeat — to play a boy who runs a home while his wife works.

“For me, these are themes that are relevant to society today, important for today’s India but at the same time they appealed to me and I thought they would make entertaining stories.” (IANS)

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I Fear Losing Relevance, Not Stardom, Says Bipasha Basu

I had very little time to spend with my family and post my wedding was my time that I reconnected with my family and I could spend a lot of time with them

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After being a part of hits such as “Ajnabee”, “Raaz”, “No Entry” and “Bachna Ae Haseeno”, she has been away from the silver screen for almost four years. Actress Bipasha Basu, who is now set to make a comeback with the film “Aadat”, says she fears losing relevance.

Asked if she ever feared losing stardom, Bipasha told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “I have never been a desperate person. I have been a lucky girl and I have always lived by my own rules and not the industry norms, because when I started off I was called a bohemian because of the way I was… Fearing losing stardom, I don’t know, but yeah, fearing losing relevance definitely.”

She said the fear exists because there is so much investment involved as a person into it, and not just as an actor.

“I would have that little fear of losing relevance, but losing stardom, not so much, because I am the same person that I am. Right from the beginning…my wants have been simple,” said the actress, whose roles in films like “Jism” and “Raaz” stereotyped her as a ‘bold’ actress.

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Bipasha’s last big screen outing was the 2015 film “Alone”. Among her other films are “Footpath”, “No Entry”, “Corporate”, “Omkara”, “Dhoom 2”, “Goal” and “Race”.

The 40-year-old, who married actor Karan Singh Grover in 2016, says her family life is always a priority for her over work and career. Her new film “Aadat” will reunite her with Karan on-screen once again after “Alone”.

What kept her away from the silver screen?

“I have been working since the age of 15, right after school as a model for the first three years. And from 19 when I started my first film till now. I have been acting for a very long time. I had very little time to spend with my family and post my wedding was my time that I reconnected with my family and I could spend a lot of time with them. It is essential to spend that much quality time with your parents and your entire family,” she said. (IANS)