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Aditya Roy Kapur: Katrina Kaif's presence drew me towards FITOOR

February 12, 2016 5:15:44 PM IST
By Shaheen Irani, Glamsham Editorial
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These days audiences have one 'Fitoor' - Aditya Roy Kapur. Talking to the actor, we got to know why Aditya is taking so much time between movies, what he feels about DAAWAT-E-ISHQ, working with Rekha, Katrina and UTV, his experience on Bigg Boss 9 sets, his favourite genre and much more...

Here are some experts:


Why are you having such few releases?
It just happened that after AASHIQUI 2, DAAWAT-E-ISHQ was the first script I liked and then I said yes to it. It took some time to shoot that. With AASHIQUI 2, since the film did so well, it took some time for something good to come. Once I got DAAWAT-E-ISHQ, it took 3-4 months to start. After that, FITOOR happened. The start of FITOOR took some time and I just couldn't find anything I was in love with. So I just waited till FITOOR started. It hasn't been ideal to be honest. I'd love to do more movies and have more releases, specially at this stage of my career. I'm just happy to be on set, so that's what I want to do more.

We've read that you weren't happy with the Box Office of DAAWAT-E-ISHQ and you were very skeptical to choose any random project. Was that the reason for you to take time?
No, DAAWAT-E-ISHQ didn't do as well as we expected. So yes, it kind of hurts and is not a nice feeling, especially after you've put your sweat and blood after it. At the end of the day, filmmaking is a business. I signed FITOOR while shooting for DAAWAT-E-ISHQ, so it wasn't like DAAWAT-E-ISHQ released and then I got the film. Since I was already shooting for FITOOR, I didn't have to wait.

Was it difficult to maintain your look when switching between these movies?
First it was difficult to get to the look. In DAAWAT-E-ISHQ, I played a chef and took the role a bit seriously and was eating everything in front of me. I had put on a lot of weight. When Gattu (Abhishek Kapoor) saw me he was surprised and asked me to lose all that weight. It took me 10 months to lose 17-18 kgs. Once I was in that zone, then it was easy to maintain. More than maintaining weight, it was difficult to maintain the mood, especially when you're dealing with a subject matter like FITOOR. Not the physical, the mental thing was challenging.

'Have never felt one-sided love in my life'

How was your experience working with Rekha?
The experience of shooting with Rekha ji was lovely. I just shot 3 days, but when we are in the presence of actors who are so great with what they do, you just learn a lot. Rekha ji knew how the set had been running in just 2 minutes. She knew what the dynamics were. Apart from that, the way she rehearses, you get to learn by just observing. She was very warm and supportive and made me feel good about what I was doing. But what I took away a bit more was the craft of acting. I feel a better actor after working with her. For whatever reason, it didn't work out. Tabu came on board and it required re-adjustment. But these things happen in movies, it's a part and parcel. There was no one better than Tabu to enter this film and play the role.

Abhishek Kapoor's movie characters have internal conflict. Was your character similar in that sense and how difficult was it to get into that zone?
It was quite a challenge. In some roles, you need to acquire a skill set. In this movie, I play an artist. So I had to do classes to look like it. You have to convince people of your character through body language. That's why I started doing some painting classes. I had to learn how to do welding and such things. That was a fun challenge because I get to learn a new skill which is beautiful. It's one of the perks. Apart from that, I'm playing a middle-class Kashmiri which is very far away from my real life character. I was born and brought up in Mumbai, talk fast, have a certain sense of humour and have grown up watching Jackie Chan movies. So I had to slow myself down, move to Kashmir and get caught inside some mannerisms and state of mind. Another big challenge was that this guy has been in love with a girl ever since he saw her. It's one-sided love, which is something I've never felt in my life. But I think challenges give me satisfaction when I surpass them.

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