While I drive to work everyday, I listen to the radio and often pause on interviews of Bollywood celebrities. Early on, during the promotions of 2 States, I heard a snippet of an Arjun Kapoor interview. Amongst other things, I found a certain confession of his quite interesting.
When asked by the RJ why he was moody, Arjun answered: “I actually have never understood why I became so moody but I had the realisation that I was when I became an actor. People notice all these things about you, even though earlier, it’s quite irrelevant. How you are as a person doesn’t really make anyone a difference. Suddenly, you enter a profession, where, everyday, 200-300 people are observing you. They notice these things and then your co-star is very interested to know how you are as a person. Then obviously, she knows, you’re grumpy today, you’re chirpy, etc.”
From every interview I’ve read, heard or watched of Arjun Kapoor, I’ve found a certain maturity and awareness in him that is difficult to resonate with at a young age. As well as missing in most personalities associated with Bollywood or films. For instance, on last night’s episode of The Front Row With Anupama Chopra:
Anupama Chopra: What do you both dislike the most about being a Bollywood actor?
Alia Bhatt: That you have to constantly be perfect.
Arjun Kapoor: There’s a certain insensitivity about us being human beings as well.
Alia Bhatt: Like I can’t have a bad hair day, I can’t have a sweat on my nose, I can’t just be normal.
Arjun Kapoor: Or that because a paparazzi has taken an awkward picture of yours, [it] means that you’re looking bad today. Why judge us on those things? I always believe be judged on your work. So that bothers me a little bit. But why get into judging us so much? Beyond a point, you let us be. We’re delivering work, you judge us on our work. If you’ve paid money, come watch our film, you have every right to have an opinion and judge us for that because that’s what we’re working for.
Alia Bhatt: But there’s also one thing, one day when somebody stops judging you, you’ll be like, “Am I important enough?” So, I think sometimes it has a flip side.
(In case you missed it, tune in for a repeat of The Front Row on Sunday at 1:30pm)
When the lead actors of a film are young, fresh and share great off-screen camaraderie, there’s a certain intrigue to watch the film. At least for me. What are your views?
Besides, the songs from the film are totally a hit with Team MissMalini.
Those are my reasons to want to watch 2 States. Are you looking forward to the film too?