The actor had made his debut in Ishaqzaade way back in 2012.
It has always been a norm for star kids to debut in romantic flicks for what we can term as the most failsafe launchpad. Even Arjun Kapoor made his debut in such a romantic flick, except Ishaqzaade wasn't just your normal run-of-the-mill kind fluffy phool bahaar film. It was a rustic, gritty take of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, that people in our country can easily identify with!
Even Arjun's role on the film was very different, since his character had shades of grey - he is a guy who tricks a girl into marrying and sleeping with him, so that he can take revenge on her! Yet, it was his near-natural performance that didn't make us detest Arjun in the film. Ishaqzaade was a hit, and made stars out of both the new kids in the film, be it Arjun or Parineeti (she had made her debut in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, but this was her first lead flick). He also impressed in his dual role in in his next, Aurangzeb, however, despite an engaging screenplay, the film didn't have much takers. From thereon, Arjun's career has been a ride filled with challenges, but the actor has managed to verve off each roadblock easily. When an SRK is having trouble making his film work at the BO, Arjun Kapoor can have the satisfaction that he has one big hit this year in the form of Ki & Ka, opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Today, he completes four years in the industry that is Bollywood, and to mark this occasion, he has a special gift for his fans. On his fan page, he has released four videos where speaks about his four fave films that inspired him to join Bollywood. He also revealed that he wanted to be a director, instead of an actor. And here, they are...
If course, this film has to be there, after all it was his father's production. Mr India is one heck of a film the entire Kapoor clan (the other Kapoor clan) and the rest of Bollywood should be proud of! A time less gem, it can be watched n number of times, and still feels fresh when you watch it the next time! Even Arjun agrees with the same, as he feels that be it the hero or the villain are all immortal in the hearts of every movie lover!
The Shawshank Redemption
This was the first film that made Arjun cry, and we can totally understand why. This prison drama, so cruelly rejected by the audiences of America at the time of release, is a movie that celebrate the triumph of human spirit. Disregarded by box office and Academy Awards that year, the movie became a cult classic later, and it is now the highest rated film in IMDB.
Dil Chahta Hai
Dil Chahta Hai is one of the most relevant films of this century, a fact that even Arjun agrees. The Farhan Akhtar-directorial, starring Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna, changed Bollywood's way of making movies. It also inspired Arjun Kapoor to become a director, though he hasn't started on that path yet.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells
Perhaps Arjun Kapoor didn't realise the Akshay Kumar's Phir Hera Pheri had already screwed up this British gem, directed by Guy Ritchie for what was his first film. Otherwise he wouldn't have spoken about making this film. Arjun felt this was the most outstanding, well-written film of that time, and we couldn't help but agree with him!
On behalf of BollywoodLife, I congratulate Arjun Kapoor on his successful four years in Bollywood, and do hope that, like what the above four films did to him, even his movies inspire the next generations who harbour cinematic dreams!
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