Arjun Kapoor is already a few films down – and awaiting the release of two more – but he’s only now working with his father, Boney Kapoor. The two are doing Tevar together, the Hindi remake of the Telugu film, Okkadu – Arjun is the male lead while his dad is the producer on sets. We caught up with the actor recently for a quick chat on what’s happening in his life currently, and of course we couldn’t help but asking him what it’s like working with his dad for the first time. Stay tuned for our entire interview soon, but until then, here’s what he has to say about being on sets with his father!
It’s actually quite surreal working with my dad, because we’ve always spoken about working together and now it’s actually happening at a time when I have films released and am already working on others. It’s surreal that there’s so much that has happened in my life and we’re now working together finally, in a film that we both wanted to do together. I’m really happy about the fact that he’s getting to see my process as an actor, or as a person – like, how I live. Because I live separately, he’s never seen me going to work, coming back home, going to the gym, doing my meetings. He’s not seen the way I interact with people on sets, or the fun I have. For him and Sanjay (Kapoor), who are both on sets, I’m this laid back kid at home who is always lazy to do anything. I would even turn around and pass them the remote to the TV if I’m sitting in the same room as them. I’m that lazy. But for them to see me jumping around, being active, doing action, running around… telling the director let’s do it like this, let’s do it like that… I think they’re seeing a different dimension to me.
I’m liking the fact that they are around all the time. It’s covering up for the lost time in the last two years – I’ve not spent a lot of time with family. Like, my father was completely shocked that I carry my own food to the sets. I don’t like eating set food, because I would like to be disciplined and take care of my lifestyle to a certain extent. He was quite taken aback – he was like, “Oh, you carry your fruits every morning? You’re like a school child; every morning your tiffin is packed and you carry your full day ka khana.”
We also asked him if his father gave him any advice on sets or let him have his space. Here’s what he said:
He’s very supportive that way. He’s not once told me how I should go about it. I think that’s a good producer’s quality. He’s a great father any which way, but as a producer also that’s a great quality to possess – not to impose. A producer’s job is to stay behind the scenes and make sure everything is fluid, and that’s what he concentrates on. He’s never once kind of interfered. If anything, for the first, he came and told me ‘good shot’ when he saw me working. So that felt nice.
Are you looking forward to Tevar?