If not an actor, would’ve been a struggling actor: Omkar Kapoor

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Dubai, March 25 (IANS) After working as a child actor in films like “Judaai” and “Ghoonghat”, Omkar Kapoor returned to filmdom with Luv Ranjan’s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2”. He says if he was not a part of Bollywood already, he would have been struggling to get into acting.

Omkar, who was also a part of popular films like “Judwaa”, “Hero No.1” and “Mela” as a child actor, feels that somewhere child artistes had a shelf life on the silver screen and faded away slowly. But he broke the myth after he was seen on screen in 2015.

“When I was struggling to become an actor once again after my childhood acting career, people told me that child artistes fade away after a certain time. When I got back into acting once again, I had to start from scratch again,” Omkar told IANS on the sidelines of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) here last week.

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“There was a long journey and struggle for me to get the film that I got and I hope I proved with ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ that I have come back,” he added.

What if he couldn’t be an actor?

“If I couldn’t be an actor, I would have been a struggling actor all my life. That is the only thing I know, pursue and love. I am passionate about acting… So I would have been a struggling actor,” asserted the “Masoom” actor.

Omkar credits the romantic comedy film for breaking the myth for child artistes who could not achieve prominence in the Bollywood.

“It is a good start to the myth that I have broken. I have taken (my) first step to breaking the myth that child actors can’t be successful actors later on,” he added.

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The actor said he has the potential and can work in a myriad of genres. He also says he is not afraid of experimenting even as a newcomer.

“I am a very greedy actor. I think I will experiment in other genres. I want to do a ‘Bajirao Mastani’ to a ‘Badlapur’. I am open to do it and so I am looking forward to such films,” he said.

He says he is very keen to act and if he gets a chance to prove his mettle on TV, he would like to be a part of it.

“I think times are changing and television medium, the way the shows are all changing… Like ’24’ for instance. I would love to experiment (with TV).”

Asked if he is working on any other movie as of now, Omkar said: “There are lots that I am in talks for with. But like they say, success doesn’t come often; so I am taking my own sweet time to choose my next film.

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“This time I would definitely want to do something different from ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’. I feel I have a lot of potential.”

(The writer’s visit is at the invitation of TOIFA organisers. Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

–Indo-Asian New Service

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