film release with over 3000 prints, one more step towards taking his place as the biggest superstar. In a freewheeling chat, he fesses up on starry ambitions, bossing over his mother on the sets, matching histrionic skills with dad Rishi Kapoor, giving a takkar to the Khans and a lot else.
Congratulations for the fabulous run that Yeh Jawaani Yeh Deewani had. Now everyone is expecting Besharam to surpass that besides acknowledging you as the new entrant to the superstar league.
Yahan par sab chadhte suraj ko salaam karte hain aur jab suraj doob jaata hai then everyone forgets.What’s also happened is that the whole ‘superstar’ word has been bastardised. A superstar is what these Khans are or what Amitabh Bachchan is, for the work they have done for more than 25 -30 years in the field of entertainment and even outside of it. Sometimes, they (the media) directly asks you ki ‘you are giving takkar to Khans’. I feel so embarrassed that you have used their names in the same sentence as mine. I would say that the times are good — I work hard; everybody works hard — so films are doing well. Tomorrow if Besharam does not do well, they will say, “Failed!”
The understanding I came with was to be a good actor. In my own home, my father endorsed the view that stars fade away but actors last. He is enjoying a new career as a character actor. He’s so busy and so happy because he’s always been a good actor. I think if you have that mindset, you won’t take success to your head, (and) you won’t take failure to your heart. I am getting the opportunity to work with such good directors — Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Basu, Anurag Kashyap, Ayan (Mukerji) to name a few and I am just taking advantage of that. I am holding them as tight as possible so that they don’t go away.
You once mentioned an incident when your grandfather Raj Kapoor’s car (with him inside) was carried by his fans in Russia as the epitome of stardom but with changing times,