Written by Audita Bhattacharya
Actor Anil Kapoor, who was in Pune on Sunday, said he was better off playing the role of chief minister on the silver screen rather than in real life. “Mein Nayak filmon mein hi theek hoon… (I am better off in films)” he said, when asked about whether he would like to become the chief minister given the current tug-of-war over the post between the BJP and the Shiv Sena.
The actor was in the city to inaugurate a showroom of Malabar Gold and Diamonds. Speaking about his love affair with the city, “Pune has been very close to my heart, I have shot many films here and some day, I would like to have a small house in Pune.”
Talking about his movie Parinda completing 30 years with Jackie Shroff and how he took 17 retakes to get the perfect shot, a nostalgic Kapoor said, “Vidhu (Vinod Chopra, director of Parinda) called me today asking if I was free to meet up, but I had to tell him that I was in Pune.”
The versatile actor, who has done various films across genres, like Chocolate, My Wife’s Murder as well as iconic comic roles like Majnu Bhai from Welcome, also spoke about his upcoming projects, “Pagalpanti will be released on November 22, followed by Malang on February 14, as well as Takht next year. I’ve always tried to reinvent myself in these roles and so, along with comedy, I’m also doing a period film. The roles are endless, one just has to make the right choices to keep growing as an actor. I think I’ve learned a thing or two in these three decades”.
Speaking about his international ventures, Anil said, “If it is announced, you all will be the first to know.”
He also expressed his desire to work with his daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. The Ram-Lakhan star joyously indulged in his famous Dhina-dhin-dha hookstep with fans waiting eagerly outside the venue for a glimpse of him.