From being a wicked and rakish Parma in Ishaqzaade to playing Kabir a house husband in Ki and Ka, Arjun Kapoor has explored many shades of his acting. He shares his thoughts on his upcoming release and opens up on his experiences in a candid chat with Go-getter.
A co-actor with whom you have the best chemistry?
Kareena Kapoor obviously. She is a warm and spirited person, and is extremely talented.
How was the experience of working with Kareena?
Working with Kareena has been an excellent experience. You get to learn so much when working with somebody like Kareena.
Did you ever feel doubtful about accepting the role in Ki & Ka?
Not for a moment. The way Balki sir presented the idea, I was very excited about it. ‘Maine to 2 line sune and asked him, shoot ke liye kitne baje aana hai?’ As an actor I have never-ever shied away from experimenting and taking chances. I like to believe that I am someone who will be able to do all kinds of roles.
Will you make a good house husband?
Never. Before doing this movie I had hardly stepped into a kitchen. So being a ‘good and efficient’ house husband is out of the question, I am afraid.
Do you think that society will be able to accept a house husband without any issue?
Society has accepted. And I personally know men who are making a home and they deserve full credit for it. Sometimes it becomes embarrassing for them when people ask uncalled questions. This now needs to be understood that a woman making a home is doing a huge job, and her contribution must be respected. Similarly, when a man is doing the same job, he deserves the same respect and acknowledgment.
Would Kareena be a good contestant in Khatron Ke Khiladi?
Never! Ha Ha!
What is more important to you while signing a film: Script or Director?
I consider both, the script and the director. Both are equally important for me while taking the decision. No movie can work unless both are good.
Name one character which was the hardest for you to play on screen.
I think the role of Parma in Ishaqzaade was the hardest for me to play. Palma is a wicked and mean character for the most part and I am completely the opposite of his character in real life.
Do you think a career in acting is imposed on the child of an actor?
No, I don’t thing that acting is imposed on a child of an actor. Today we all are independent to choose our own career and most parents are supporting it. Someone may take to acting because they have seen it since childhood, but definitely they are not forced to take it up.
Do you think that a change has taken place as far as gender equality is concerned?
Yes. We are getting more and more open and there is no doubt that “desh ki soch badal rahi hai.”
How do you react to fans? Do you find any of them irritating?
“Nahi fans irritate nahi karte.” There are times when we are irritated but we’re not in a position to say that our mood isn’t good. So we face whatever situation props up because we know that our fans only get that one opportunity to meet us. And so we should be considerate even if we are not in the best of moods.
Your biggest success?
I think my biggest success has been Two States which was a genuine family romantic drama.
Do you feel disheartened when you do not
make it? No. I never felt/feel disheartened. I know that I have given my best and I always try to give my best in each of the role.
The best and the worst thing about a morning?
The best thing is the breakfast and the worst is getting out of the bed when you feel your sleep is not complete.
Your upcoming projects?
At the moment it’s Half Girlfriend, where I’m playing a college student.
Written by Jaideep Pandey