The actor talks about his upcoming film Welcome Back, his role as Majnu bhai and a lot more. Read on!
I had heard a lot about how young Anil Kapoor looks even at the age of 56. I was lucky enough to witness the same at my recent interview with him. Fit and spirited, Anil leaves a lasting impression with his words. The actor is upfront and thankfully, isn’t stuck in the rut of being politically correct, like most stars. Anil won several hearts with his performance as Kamal Mehra in Dil Dhadakne Do. The actor is all set to be seen as Majnu bhai inWelcome Back , a character well known from the film’s prequel: Here’s my candid chat with Anil, where he talks about his film, the kind of roles he likes to take on and a lot more. Read on!
Welcome Back is a comedy film. What is your favourite part about playing a role in such films?
See, we are in this business of entertainment. Once you listen to the script, you have to like what you are doing. You listen to the character, whether you will be able to pull it off or not. There’s nothing like favourite or anything, you have to do your best. And that’s what we’ve done. It’s the kind of film it is, it’s a mass entertainer. What is good about this film is the bouquet of actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, so it makes it slightly exciting. So, the favourite part is working with all these actors. For me the favourite part is that Anees is directing the film. I’ve already done three films with him like No Entry, Welcome, No Problem and now this one. Two have been hugely successful, one was average. I love his writing, his humour. It’s very situational, it’s not crass, doesn’t have any double meaning. You can watch the film with the entire family.
Are Sonam, Rhea and your wife a fan of the Welcome series? What do they think about your character in the film?
I haven’t discussed it with them but I think most of the people are fans of the Welcome series. See, these kind of films, they stand the test of time to a certain extent. And people till today also watch it so there’s great. There’s a great recall value to the film. The characters, especially of Majnu, Ghungroo, were appreciated and people loved. Hopefully, people will enjoy this film.
You’ve been associated with Hollywood and made a name for yourself there. If you had to choose a Hollywood actor for the remake of Welcome, who would it be?
In Dil Dhadakne Do you played a father and now you are playing Majnu bhai in Welcome Back. Which role did you enjoy bringing out on-screen more?
Every character is a challenge. Majnu bhai I had already done it in Welcome, so, somewhere there was an ease and comfort level because I was enacting the same character again. Kamal Mehra I was doing for the first time, initially off course it was more fun and challenging. I really enjoyed playing the character and working with Zoya Akhtar, it was fantastic. I don’t accept a character unless I really feel I will be able to play it, or do justice to it. It’s a give and take. You can’t compare which character you enjoyed, you have to put your best into each one. So, I’ve tried to do my best. Certain characters come across very well, others don’t. A lot depends on the film and how it’s made. Filmmaking is team work. But I equally enjoyed doing both the roles.
You have worked with Akshay Kumar in Welcome and now John Abraham in Welcome Back. How has the experience been different with both the actors?
See, I’m into my character as Majnu Bhai. It’s the directors and writer’s prerogative on whom they are going to cast. For me I was very comfortable in working with Akshay and equally comfortable in working with John. So for me, both have been wonderful experiences.
Welcome was a block buster. There is a trend of 100 crore films where if a film enters the club, it’s termed as good. You take on it?
These things don’t matter. Either the film is good, or it’s bad. It depends on when the film releases, or the mood of the public. Sometimes films make less money but receive a lot of appreciation. There are times when films release on a holiday, and there’s no opposition so they do more business. There are too many things which are involved in the business of the film. It does not totally depend on the quality of the film or the appreciation it’s received. It’s the timing, holiday period, no opposition, etc. Usse thoda aur business hota hai. Business is increasing now. People are talking about numbers now but yeh pehle bhi tha. Isse zyada thought dene ka nahin.
Do you believe actors have to take responsibility for the characters they are playing on-screen and the way it would affect an audience or is it just a role they are essaying?
As a celebrity, you have a responsibility towards society, fans, well wisher, audience, family, towards everybody. One just can’t do any and everything.
So is there any role which you will never take up as a responsible celebrity?
Itna deep nahin jata mein. These decisions are taken very instinctively. You don’t think mein yeh nahin kayunga. It’s when it’s offered to you, you make these kind of decisions. You can’t decide before hand because you never know what’s going to be offered to you.
What do you expect fans to take from Welcome Back?
It’s not a great film. It’s not a film for critics. It’s an entertaining film that will make you laugh, make you happier. Comedy these days takes time to get a certain kind of respectability. A person who knows kitna effort lagta hai har cheez karne ke liye, he realizes it. This is a commercial entertaining film, so take it like that. Don’t take it too seriously. If you want to be happy, come and see the film.
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