Arjun Kapoor on life after Sridevi: “I had to do what I felt was right”


Post Sridevi’s demise earlier this year, Arjun Kapoor has stood by his family like a rock. He says, “So much happened that we didn’t have the time to figure things out. Having experienced something as harsh as that, I wouldn’t wish it for my worst enemy. I know what it feels like to be in a situation where you’re grasping for life.

“I was in Punjab when I got the news. I called my maasi and sister immediately. I had to do what I felt was right. That’s what mom would expect of me, to be there for my father and family. If I can be a good brother and a good son, then why not? Mujhe toh kuchh achha hi mil raha hai, I’m getting two more sisters and helping my father feel a little relaxed. People jumped the gun that everything was perfect when it came to my relationship with Janhvi, Khushi, Anshula and dad.”

Kapoor says, “It was at a nascent stage as we were still figuring out things. But we were comfortable with each other and that was a good starting point. Mujhe darr tha ki zyada baat karne se nazar lag jayegi. I wanted things to take their own course. Janhvi and Khushi are both sorted. Today, we are able to speak one-on-one. I know they will figure out life in their own time, in their own way. Anshula and I are there for them.
The good part is that we have our independent lives, but whenever need be, we are there for each other. That’s how it should be. We don’t have to suddenly become a happy pretentious khandaan, which is why I took some time. Now, I’m talking about it as there’s a certain ease and I’ve been able to figure things out. I feel we have been able to come together at a time when most wouldn’t have been able to do so. My father’s strength is his family and if he’s there for us, we should also be there for him.”
Over the last few months, Kapoor’s name has been linked with several actresses, reports DNA India. When asked about being a ladies’ man and he states, “Women like me for the kind of person I am. When I came into the industry, I was an introvert who was still figuring himself out. Over a period of time, there has been a change in my personality. Even the opposite sex has appreciated me for the person I’m because I’ve allowed myself to develop into that. In this profession, your personality comes to the forefront after seven-eight years. Some years ago, what you saw on the screen, you appreciated. Today, I believe, what you see off the screen creates a certain connect with your fans; they start affiliating/associating you with certain qualities. I feel that’s where your social media presence, your personality and the way you conduct yourself comes in. It’s a 360-degree perspective.
My last release was Mubarakan in July 2017 and my next is Namaste England, which releases on October 19. There is a long gap of 15 months. But just because you are out of sight, it doesn’t mean you are out of mind. You stay connected and engage with your fans through different avenues.”
The actor has an interesting line-up of projects such as ‘Namaste England,’ ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar,’ ‘India’s Most Wanted’ and ‘Panipat.’
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