While Arjun Kapoor is going great guns and in good shape now, uncle Sanjay Kapoor was never confident of him becoming an actor. Sanjay always thought an overweight boy like Arjun doesn't have the caliber to be a star.
Sanjay, who shares a great bond with his nephew, reveals, “I am really surprised to see Arjun as an actor today because I thought he can never be. But you won't believe I used to literally fight and scold him. Sochta tha ki kya hoga iska, he is so fat and lazy. I always used to poke him but he didn't take it seriously. So when he left studies, I asked Karan Johar, good friend of mine, and made him assistant on KAL HO NAA HO deliberately. Because I knew that if he stays with Boney, he will always be pampered being his son.'
“When he told me that he wants to be an actor, I was like how can fat guy like him become an actor. Then he came under Salman's wings. Only Salman could persuade him. He followed it diligently and there was no looking back. When I heard that he has signed YRF film (ISHAQZAADE), I was so happy. Today, as I look at him I question myself that is he the same boy who was so fat, indiscipline and adamant to shed his extra kilos,” he adds.
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So, Arjun owes a lot to his uncle and Salman for making him what he is today. However, Sanjay begs to differ and says, “The credit goes to Arjun himself. I don't think either me or Salman should be credited for Arjun. Though Salman was the one who pushed him to do it, ultimately it's Arjun's hard work. And I am really proud of him.”
Sanjay, who is the producer on upcoming film TEVAR starring his nephew Arjun and Sonakshi Sinha, talks about their hard work and dedication. “Despite facing the extreme climatic conditions, both Arjun and Sonakshi worked really hard on TEVAR. Even after a grueling shoot and a tiring day, they regularly used to hit the gym after pack-up. I truly felt fantastic seeing this. Today's actors are absolutely dedicated, focused and work with utter sincerity. Hats off to them!”
Also starring Manoj Bajpayee, TEVAR directed by Amit Sharma, is all set to hit the screens on January 9, 2015.
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