Arjun Kapoor the new kid to hit the Bollywood block is already making some noise... The latest entry from the Kapoor clan already has a fan club and the B-town gold mine Salman Khan sees a potential star material in him. Sitting in a cool white shirt and jeans in India's premium production house YRF for his debut film 'Ishaqzaade' interviews, Arjun looks calm and composed. Today evening his movie will be screened to some select few close friends, associates and family members at Yash Raj and he is eagerly awaiting their response..
His illustrious uncle Anil Kapoor has seen the trailers and teasers and commented by saying, "Yeh to Khoon mein hai (its in blood)." When asked on the first reaction from his family members when they saw him on screen in the promos, Arjun says, "Khoon mein hai par nikalna bhi to chahiye... (Its there in blood but has to come out). First of all it took a while for my parents to see me on screen. They have always seen me behind the camera assisting. They are happy to see my confidence on screen and I hope the audience also finds an actor in me when they watch 'Ishaqzaade'".
On asked whether Salman was the guiding angel who discovered the potential in him, Arjun has a lot to say on the B-town gold mine Salman - "Salman is beyond a mentor for me. He is a brother, friend, philosopher, guide... I don't have the right words to express my feelings for Salman... And his faith in me."
Arjun elaborates and says that it happened during the shooting of 'Salam-E-Ishq' and not during 'Wanted' starring Salman which was produced by his father Boney Kapoor which is the general conception. In fact he started losing weight from 'Wanted' which was released in 2009. By now he has lost 50 kilos in four years but still he loves to eat.
With a backing of someone like Salman Khan and being the son of an experienced producer like Boney Kapoor who has given hits like 'Mr. India' and 'Wanted' a bigger launch could have been a possibility but Arjun didn't wanted to act. Direction is his first passion and he shares an interesting story behind his YRF discovery glory.
He says, "Emotion and business doesn't run together and my father who is a season producer won't put crores to launch me. Even my uncle Anil Kapoor started as an extra. He would rather go for someone like Hrithik or somebody else. Acting is not my first choice. I want to direct. I put my pictures on Facebook like anybody does. YRF casting director Shanoo Sharma, who cast Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baraat, was looking for an actor. Shanoo called me for auditions and luckily Aditya liked me and I was selected for 'Ishaqzaade' opposite Parineeti Chopra... Initially I wasn't told which film I am doing; later I realized that we are doing 'Ishaqzaade' written and directed by the acclaim Habib Faisal... kaun Yash Raj Ko Na bolega yaar (who will say no to Yash Raj).
Arjun feels he is safe hands with Habib Faisal who he has high regard as a filmmaker and thanks him for believing in him.
Habib took Arjun and Parineeti to areas in old Lucknow, Bara Banki to get the feel of the environment, attitude and character. Elaborating on his role Arjun says, "We all studied the mood of the youth over there and I adapted some nuances. The bindass "damn it I don't care" walk, expanding your chest, the unpredictable fast and slow dialogue delivery and more which you will see in the film."
On asked whether his film faces and competition from 'Dangerous Ishhq' where the senior Karisma Kapoor is making her comeback, beaming with positivity Arjun says, "Today is the time of making good films, the launch and comeback thing is passe. I wish the audience enjoy both the films, as both are of different genre. I hope they watch 'Ishaqzaade' first and then go for 'Dangerous Ishq' or vice versa.
Well that's Arjun Kapoor for you the new kid on the B-town block who has cut his weight to get the perfect actor's take.