Arjun Kapoor is busy with his next two films - Half Girlfriend and Mubaraka. But he has taken off to host ‘Style Inc. With Aalim Hakim Season 2.’ The actor talks about how his different looks in his forthcoming films evolve and why he believes in hosting shows.
You experimented with your look and hairstyle in Ki &Ka. What is your look in your next, Half Girlfriend?
For Half Girlfriend, director Mohit Suri, my hairstylist Aalim bhai and I had thought of letting my hair grow long. We experimented with 2-3 looks to see how young I would look or how much it will help for my matured look. But suddenly, Mohit and Aalim felt that we should cut the hair off because long hair is not going to work for the whole film. Fortunately, Aalim is open to understanding what the director wants. Working on your profession and working on a film is very different. A film director is allowed to discover what he likes.
What about you? Do you always go with what the director demands?
It’s a team process; we do not fight. It’s a very fluid process. I am supposed to start a film Mubaraka in November and I have been discussing the look with Aalim and the director (Anees Bazmee) for the last three months. The process starts much earlier the shoot. We have referencing and conversations that go back and forth before one reaches a conclusion. There is no rigidity in the system of operating -- if the director knows that I am uncomfortable, he understands. If an actor feels that the director wants something, then he works towards it. The process is mutual and time-consuming. It sounds very vain to discuss how very important a haircut is but it makes the whole character come alive - just like the beard, the way the clothes will fall, or certain hair changes.
As an actor, do you express an opinion about your hairstyle to Aalim?
The actor is allowed have an opinion but Aalim never forces his opinion on us. He gives us options and he is very open-minded, which is the reason why he is so successful. He is a team player. The look or hair should be for the film. He worked on my styling in the films like Aurangzeb, Finding Fanny, Ki & Ka. I have blind faith in his ability to make the character come alive. I am, very lucky to have a friend like him who’s helped me move ahead in my career. He has played a very good part in making me look sexy in all the films.
You have also agreed to host ‘Style Inc. With Aalim Hakim Season 2.’ Is it easy now for you to host shows?
My show Khatron Ke Khiladi was a very big learning experience for me. Every medium is difficult, be it theatre, TV or film. Nothing is easy in the business of entertainment. For TV you need to hold the viewer’s attention or else they can change the channel in a second. When you are a host you have to give 200% to engage the audience as well as the people around you. You have to bring something, new from your personality to entertain the viewers. I really respect the medium of television because I think our connection with the audience has grown so much beyond as just actors. I am glad that Aalim has also got involved. There must be many people who don’t know about his cool styling but with this medium they will become aware.