65-year-old Anil Kapoor remains one of the most popular and bankable actors in Bollywood. The veteran, who is known for his fitness regime and has put in some solid performances, will be showing his funny side with JugJugg Jeeyo coming out this week. In a conversation with News18.com, the actor talked about the movie, why he loves comedy, and the reason behind his successful career.
JugJugg Jeeyo deals with various topics such as infidelity, difficult marriages and divorce. How do you personally view these topics?
I would like to look at it from a different perspective and from a woman’s point of view. I feel if a woman is unhappy in her marriage and if she finds living with a man tormenting, then it is best to break up with him. Why are you going through this torture? She continues to suffer because now there are children in their lives but then how much can she suffer and sacrifice her happiness. But I saw that the women of today are very strong. They have good company friends, they have willpower and they are brave enough to make some important decisions and make a life for themselves. Earlier I used to see girls and their families looking for good boys for marriage but for some time now this trend has changed. I can see that these days boys are desperate for marriage, while girls are in no rush and there is no pressure from families either. They want to get married and live a life on their own terms.
Tell us about your character Fahim in the movie.
I arranged the character in a way I’ve seen a lot of guys like that. He has his wife but is looking elsewhere. There are some people who keep thinking (of cheating) and there are some who do and my character just goes ahead and does it. But I feel like everyone has a selfish streak to them unless they are saints. For some people, whatever their instincts and dreams may be, they keep them within themselves, in control of themselves, but there are some people who just don’t care. We are also very honest and faithful to the premise that we set out to do. But it is good to play such a character with many shades of gray, I do not want to play only good roles; it’s so boring. Also, these days, middle-aged characters are written in a more precise manner; I enjoy playing my life.
You started your career with some intense roles but over the years you have become famous for your comedies.
I have been fortunate to have done many comedies like No Entry, Welcome, Mubarakan, in fact, my previous films like Woh Saat Din, Biwi No 1, Deewana Mastana… I also had some great comedic moments. In the past, we’ve had many movies where only some parts were really funny while the rest were serious movies. Then we started making movies which were all-out comedies but I enjoy making all kinds of movies. I will continue to try what I have done all my life, throughout my career. Recently I’ve done Thar and it’s totally out of the box, I’m also doing Jug Jugg Jeeyo, if I do AK v/s AK I’ve done Malang and it’s very out there, performance terms. But nothing comes easily. You have to put in a lot of hard work and effort and think about everything you do.
It has been in the industry for more than four decades. To what do you attribute your success?
You have to go with your intuition; I don’t follow any direction. I think consistency in my career is a combination of hard work and lady luck which is also important. You made the right choices at the right time. When I got some good chances, I grabbed it with both hands and didn’t underestimate it. I have worked hard on them. I learned from my mistakes and tried not to repeat them. But there are also some elements of fate because there are people who are more talented, better looking, more hardworking, more passionate, but things just don’t work out for them.
Soon you will be serious…
I’m so happy, it’s an emotional moment. It’s a nice feeling.