After essaying macho characters in his earlier films, Arjun Kapoor, turns into a romantic, cool dude in his latest film, 2 States. In an interesting conversation, the actor talks about his career choices, his bond with his mother and his future plans.
It’s a lazy, sunny afternoon, but the atmosphere at Dharma Productions office in suburban Mumbai is bustling with energy. While people are running around to complete their work, Arjun Kapoor walks in, looking uber cool in a pair of casual denim shorts, funky white sneakers and a steel grey hoodie with neon detailing. His presence is like a breath of fresh air, as he juggles between talking on the phone and waving back at a few fans standing outside the building. He disconnects the call and walks straight towards the interview room, without any fuss. One look at him and you can tell that Kapoor is unperturbed by everything around. “It’s been a super hectic year, you know. But I am loving it,” the actor says with a smile, as he settles down for a freewheeling chat with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee. The 28 -year-old actor talks about his recently released film 2 States, equation with his mother, Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt and why he will never make a debut on social media platforms.
Most debutants play it safe by picking romantic films as their launch vehicle, while your first three films were full of action, which is quite interesting.
As an actor, I think that is exactly what worked in my favour. I did not choose the conventional route and I must give credit to producer Aditya Chopra, because it was he who believed and saw something in me to offer a role like that of Parma in Ishaqzaade. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined to pull off a role like that. Interestingly, I had signed 2 States immediately after I started working on Ishaqzaade. So technically, it would have been my third film. But then, Gunday happened and was released before 2 States.
What finally compelled you to choose a romantic – drama like 2 States?
The reason why I chose this script was because I love romantic-drama genres in general. It gave me tremendous happiness to finally play a character that I connect to, especially at the emotional level. I just had to play myself here! Bala from Gunday, Ajay and Vishal from Aurangzeb or even Parma from Ishaqzaade are all very volatile people. Their world was not relatable to me. I mean, I haven’t grown up in a small town nor have I been a refugee in the ’70s. So, for those characters, I did not really have a reference and had to understand and create them from scratch. For a change, I met a character in 2 States where I could safely say ki, arey yeh toh mere continued…