ADITYA RAJ KAPOOR
From a corporate honcho to an actor, what prompted this shift in your career?
I have always followed my heart in matters crucial to my life, be it personal or professional. The journey has been fulfilling from a being a corporate to a director and now an actor. I feel really fortunate that my family has always been very supportive of me. Yes, I did have a lot of pressure from my friends and the extended family to carry on the legacy of acting and making films. Imagine being a superstar’s son and deciding to choose a career far different. The choice was never easy.
“I have provided the Kapoor’s with a new direction by being a rebel of sorts…”
But why Bollywood at this stage when many feel it’s too late for an acting debut?
There was a stage during the course of my business when I felt that I should make films. And I did that. I wrote and directed three films which were meant for the non-Indian audiences. But, that was not the end of the passion that I discovered. And when I was offered a film as an actor, I found the offer to be another way of engaging with my passion for cinema. So yet again, I was driven by my heart.
ADITYA RAJ KAPOOR
I have been greatly influenced by Sanjeev Kumar and Mehmood. I think Sanjeev Kumar’s versatility is quite inspiring for an actor. The range of emotions that Sanjeevji carried in his subtle yet impactful style has always been a great inspiration for me. I have seen almost all his films and continue to draw lessons from watching them. Even Mehmood Sahib’s acting skills are a big inspiration for me. As an actor, I have learnt a lot from both of them.
What kind of roles would you like to portray in films?
As an actor, I love to play dark roles and I will be doing the same in my upcoming films. I think it’s a challenging portrayal and somehow I seem to be getting such roles despite looking different from what the role demands.
Apart from being a businessman and an actor, what is Aditya Raj Kapoor all about?
I absolutely enjoy dancing and I am a sixth level salsa dancer. I love to go gymming and learning new forms of dance as well. I lost 35kgs for my look in my upcoming film with Jag Mundra. I also love to write and will make sure that my new career as an actor does not overshadow the writer in me.