Arjun Kapoor: “People like to talk about me a lot from my physicality to my expressions…”

Puja Talwar


Survived he has and on the cusp of completing a decade in Bollywood, Arjun Kapoor has lots to smile about as he wins accolades for his turn as the Haryanvi cop, Satyander Dahiya aka Pinky, in Dibakar Bannerjee’s film, ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’.

“It feels so good. I started from Ishaqzaade and now Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar marks my 9th year in the film industry. Somewhere there are some commonalities, there is a feeling of life coming to a full circle in these 9 years, Parineeti Chopra being one common factor. The rustic, rural nature of the journeys that Sandeep and Pinky and Ishaqzaade were there, making these 9 years amazing. I have learnt out of everything that has happened in these years, I am just happy to have validation from my audience at the cusp of 9 years. From my dad getting calls to my sister getting messages for my work, it all gives you a thrust to work for 90 more years. So, 9 years couldn’t have come in a more apt way”, shared the actor.

Talking about getting into the skin of his character Pinky in the Banerjee directorial, he says, “It was a very difficult character. I am somebody who is so open and I have to go and play a character who is very different in a way he looks at the opposite sex, life. Pinky is a very tough character to play and it took a big toll on me, I spent three months with Dibakar, he spoke about a lot of details, my internal, personal life, he explored that and it all took an emotional toll on me. The workshops went into very deep and dark spaces to find Pinky.”

Kapoor has had his own share of struggles dealing with trolls, the constant prying into his personal space “the noise” – as he describes it – says, “Forget the hits and the flops for a second, just the sheer volume of noise around me which is surprising. I have personally not hurt anyone, but people just love to talk about me, my acting, film choices, my physicality, certain lack of expression. I have tolerated all of this and survived 9 years and today beyond the clutter I have been able to connect with the audience. My life has been very fascinating I believe and as a person I have made the most of the worst situations of my life, whether it comes to losing a parent, and having a situation and meeting my two sisters at the cusp of being 30 years and having to form a relationship, I never stopped believing in my core human value. And I want to give myself a pat on the back for never giving up, believing in myself and to be able to inspire people.”

Looking leaner with his new look winning him compliments the actor blushes when a fan described him as hot, saying “it’s for Ek Villain Returns, a quintessential Mohit Suri summer blockbuster, great songs, romance and John Abraham for company, adding his next is Bhoot Police, playing brother to Saif, it is an adventure-horror comedy and I am very excited for since it will show be in a different avtaar”.