Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is making his acting debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Mirzya”, says he doesn’t feel under pressure as far as creativity is concerned but cannot comment on commercial pressure.
“I don’t feel any creative pressure. I think there will be commercial pressure. I think they (film fraternity) have unrealistic expectation in terms of box office, but, creatively I am very different (from my father), the son of Anil Kapoor said.
He said people have told him that he is the opposite of his famous father.
“I am an introvert. I just like to go to a set, work and go back to sleep. I am very boring. I am not a party guy or a social kind of a guy. I like to have conversations and watch movies, but I don’t think I can entertain large crowds,” he said perhaps emphasizing how his character differs from his father’s.
In “Mirzya”, Harshvardhan is paired with Saiyami Kher. Next he will be seen in “Bhavesh Joshi”, a more urban tale.
“I have commercial taste of films also, but it needs to be a right film. I can’t do a brainless entertainer. I loved ‘Aashiqui’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. They are great examples. These films have the heart at the right place,” said the 25-year-old.
Harshvardhan also believes his father has rightly balanced commercial and the artistic space in the industry.
“He has done a lot of artistic films also, but people tend to judge you by box office response. ‘Ram Lakhan’ was great for that time… It was a commercial potboiler in the 1980s, but ‘Parinda’ will stand the test of time better even today. It’s all about longevity. People should be watching my film 10 years from now,” he said.
He said he doesn’t consider him as a star. “I don’t think anybody knows me. Right now, the very upper class metro crowd knows me. I still need to reach the Indian audience. That will happen only once I start talking through TV. TV has the most reach. I have kept such a low profile that I don’t think anybody knows me.”
Talking about Mirzya he said “I don’t think it’s just a film. It’s once in a lifetime that you get these kind of films. For me, ‘Mirzya’ is more than a film. Films will be films, but ‘Mirzya’ is like a life-changing experience”.
“I have worked so honestly and the product has turned out to be good, I think it will not go waste. There will be some pay off,” he added.
He doesn’t sound like a novice who is having just one film to his credit. To us Harshvardhan looks like an actor ahead of his times, trying successfully to move away from the family legacy. – CINEWS