Actor Aditya Roy Kapoor is gearing up for the release of OK Jaanu which is the official remake of Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani.
Kapoor agreed to be a part of the remake the minute he stepped out from the screening of OK Kanmani hosted by director Shaad Ali at Sunny Super Sounds in Mumbai. In an interview with us, the actor revealed that unlike his character in the film, he does not believe in the concept of live-in relationship.
Excerpts from the interview:
What is your take on the concept of live- in relationship?
I think live-in relationship works for a few people and it doesn’t for others. I have never done it, so I can’t speak about the pros and cons. I don’t know if that will work for me or not, but I am definitely not close to the idea. For an arrangement like that to succeed, one needs to have the right feeling for the right person. I believe in the institution of marriage, but I am not ready for marriage either.
How was it to reunite with Shraddha after Aashiqui 2?
Both Shraddha and I are really excited for this film, because it is in a complete different place from Aashiqui 2. We feel happy that we are not repeating ourselves in this film as it is a fresh subject and tackles a different issue. We share friendship off screen and we have tried to explore that comfort to be translated on screen.
What is the driving force for you to sign a film?
The most important aspect for me to come on board for a film is the story. The fate of any film depends on the story and no director can make a film work without a story. After the story, it is the director which holds a lot of importance because a film is directors medium of narrating the story.
What went wrong with Fitoor?
I signed Fitoor because of the story, not because it had a successful actor like Katrina Kaif, and I felt the star-cast was apt for the film. I think a film flops because of various reasons. Film-making is a combination of many things and many things can go wrong. It is a very complicated process and there are different stages you encounter while making a film. A film could flop when you go wrong at any step.
Do you fear that Dangal might affect the Box-Office prospects of your film?
I think by the time our film releases, audiences would have consumed Dangal completely. We would have faced competition had our film released the next week. I think three weeks is a long window for a film to do enough business.
Salman Khan recently welcomed you on Facebook. Could you speak about your bond with him?
The first time I met Salman Khan was when I was a VJ. It was my 19th birthday and we were waiting to interview him for Salam-E-Ishq. He was supposed to come to interact with the team and we were waiting for a while since he came much later. I remember being very nervous that day as everyone around was like ‘be careful’, ‘he would do this’ and they were trying to psyche me out. I was very nervous while interviewing him as well, but when he got to know it’s my birthday he organised an impromptu party. We all were sitting near his van, eating some food and chilling over a few drinks. I remember bringing in my 19th birthday with Salman Khan and of course, after than we worked together in London Dreams. He took care of Ranvijay (Singh) and me like an elder brother and guided us through the shoot. That’s how our friendship started.
Are you open to play second fiddle in a film?
I wouldn’t want to restrict myself to merely solo films. I am open to multi-starrers but the character offered to me should have some substance. If the character adds onto my experience as an actor in this profession then, why not?
Ranveer Singh recently said that ‘it isn’t necessary to promote a film’. Do you agree?
I think we are all scared to leave our film in the end. We all fear failure. It is better to just do everything. Aamir Khan can afford to not promote his film because he is Aamir Khan. He doesn’t need to promote his film, but for us, it would be difficult because none of us are willing to take the risk. I think someone should come out with a research as to how much do the promotions add to the box office numbers. I am a firm believer of the fact that if my trailer and songs are not interesting enough, audiences will not come to watch the film, even if I make an appearance on all television shows and newspapers. I think content is the king. Look at Aashiqui 2, it opened at around 4 crore and ended up doing business of 82 crore.
How do you see your life after Aashiqui 2?
Aashiqui is a landmark film in my career. That was my first solo film and it gave me the confidence to carry a film on my shoulders. The world of films is a roller coaster ride and there have been ups and downs in my career, even after Aashiqui 2. I think it is important to know that every Friday things change and not to take success to seriously.
What next after OK Jaanu?
I have not signed any films yet. There are a few scripts I am reading currently and I hope to find an interesting subject soon.