Rishi Kapoor is the guest on the latest episode of Neha Dhupia’s talk show No Filter Neha and as expected the actor made some unapologetic comments on the young generation of Bollywood and on the two ‘Anurags’ of Bollywood. As Neha asked Rishi to take up the Just A Minute game and his topic was ‘Anurag’. For those who don’t know, Anurag Kashyap directed Ranbir Kapoor in Bombay Velvet which tanked at the box office and Anurag Basu recently failed to attract audience to the theatres with Jagga Jasoos which was co-produced by Ranbir.
Here is what Rishi spoke about both Anurag Kashyap and Anurag Basu:
“There is Kashyap who made Bombay Velvet. But he made a better film in Gangs of Wasseypur. I didn’t get the head and tale of Bombay Velvet. Then there is Anurag Basu who made Barfi and I am thankful to him for casting my son Ranbir in it. My son got great recognition because of the movie. But then he made this Gajja Jasoos..Jagga Jasoos. The film was as messy as my pronunciation. He probably just got too much indulged in the movie. Both the Anurags got too indulged in their movies. They are capable of making films on a certain budget but then when they are given huge budget it’s like bandar ke haath mei khilona ni aa jaata and he goes berserk over it. This is what happened with these guys. It happens with every director, every actor you can’t have a hundred percent record anyway…So it happens.”
When Neha mentioned the tweet the Kapoor and Sons actor send out when Vinod Khanna passed away, the actor once again unleashed his wrath at the young actors. Earlier Rishi Kapoor had tweeted, “Shameful. Not ONE actor of this generation attended Vinod Khanna’s funeral. And that too he has worked with them. Must learn to respect. When I die, I must be prepared. None will shoulder me. Very very angry with today’s so-called stars.”
Talking about it, Rishi said, “We have always learnt that whether you go to someone’s wedding or not but you must visit them in their tough time. When Vinod Khanna passed away, there was hardly anyone from the film industry at his funeral. There is a respect for your senior and for someone who has made it possible for you to make an earning for yourself out of the acting business. He was the pillar of the industry. But no film director, producer, music director or actor turned up for his funeral.”
“This fashion-conscious generation goes for the ‘Chautha’ which takes place in an air-conditioned hall. It is an occasion for them to wear their whites and beige clothes and wear dark glasses. Chautha looks have become similar to airport looks for these actors,” added the Amar Akbar Anthony star.
He sounded equally miffed with the airport looks of today’s actors as he lashed out at them saying, “Even during the night these actors wear dark glasses at the airport. These shameless actors have no personal time, for them, everything is about their public appearance. It should be exposed that there is a PR machinery who inform the photographers about the actors flying and them attending ‘Chauthas.’ They are never spotted. They always come dressed up for the occasion.”
Apart from this, the actor made it clear that one should stop taking Bollywood award ceremonies seriously. He said, “Awards are not based on merit anymore, they are compromised and are more about bargain for something or the other. They are about ‘naach gaana’ and in our country, they are nothing but a joke. You don’t have to take it seriously. The real reward is the performance of a movie at the theatres.”
Here are some interesting excerpts from his conversation with Neha Dhupia on the show:
1. Habits which Rishi Kapoor wish Ranbir Kapoor would not have inherited from him or his mother Neetu Kapoor
Ranbir is very obliging and kind which I don’t like at all. He can’t say no. He has so much patience. He will bloody miss his flight but will not deny a selfie to a fan. And I am so irritated when someone asks me for a selfie. I just can’t take it and I get unnerved when the person is searching for the button to click the photo.
2. On his controversial tweets
I tweet for myself and not for others. People mistake it for a personal comment. I can’t be right always.
3. On his late father Raj Kapoor
Raj Kapoor is an enigma. Today we are realising the grandeur of his name. Raj Kapoor is someone who is known to today’s youth. The young generation still sings songs from Raj Kapoor’s movies in various nations. People are talking about him even after 29 years of his death instead of talking about Ranbir, Karisma or Kareena. We didn’t know in our younger days that he is such a phenomenon.
Raj Kapoor is my guru, He means everything to me. He was not a tough taskmaster as a father but as a filmmaker, he was a monster at times. He had this thinking that treat the crew and the actors like your son-in-law but when it comes to work, he said take work from them like a ‘kasaai’. He never compromised with his work. It is this passion which Ranbir has imbibed from his grandfather.
4. On what Kapoor Khandaan talks about on their luncheon
We are always consumed with food conversations. At breakfast, we discuss what we’ll have for lunch and at lunch we discuss dinner. We relish discussing food.
5. Hardest thing about working with young directors
Everything has become digitalised. The whole pattern has changed. Now the directors want a shot from every angle and the actors are being screwed in the bargain. I am spontaneous and I am not a method actor and it becomes really difficult to portray the same emotion in the same way from every angle. Otherwise, the young kids are terrific. I am having great fun filming with young directors and new thinkers.
6. On the climax of Amar Akbar Anthony
January 1 to January 21 was scheduled for filming the climax of Amar Akbar Anthony. At that time, all of us were working in double and triple shifts, me, Amit Ji, Vinod, Shabana Ji, Pran Sahab, Jeewan Sahab all were on the high of their career. And Manmohan Ji was not completing the shoot. So, he and my secretary had a dispute regarding my dates as I was doing a movie called Anjaane Mei with Neetu. For that, I had to leave for Delhi as we had the permission to shoot on the Republic Day rehearsals on January 23.
Manmohan Ji used to threaten that I will remove Rishi Kapoor’s part from the climax and watch them fight had all of us laughing. Finally, I had to deprive Manmohan Ji of my presence and I went to Delhi. But when I came back Manmohan Desai gave me an accordion and bongos and asked me to sit on the top couch and play it. Then, I was angry that what is he making me do but after the movie released it became a high point in the climax of the movie. Two brothers were taking down the bad guys and I was playing music. So what people enjoy today was never planned. It was because I was not unavailable.