Anil Kapoor: “Could have been a leading man for 10 more years”

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Veteran actor Anil Kapoor revealed that he was advised to wait for another 8 or 10 years before transitioning to senior characters in movies but he decided to take the plunge for financial reasons.

The actor has played father to Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor on screen and will soon be seen as a police office in the upcoming Netflix film, ‘Thar’, where he shares screen space with his son, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor.

Anil Kapoor transitioned to senior roles in the late 2000s. He played Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh’s father in Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, he played real life daughter Sonam Kapoor’s on screen father in ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, Arjun Kapoor’s uncle in ‘Mubarakan’ and he played a desperate father in ‘Fanney Khan’.

In a recent interview with Film Companion, the ‘Mr. India’ star spoke about his transition to senior roles and said, “Everybody said I could have waited for 8-10 years more to take a transition. For 6-7 years more I could have continued as the so-called sellable kind of leading man. I said, ‘I don’t want to go through this stress now.’ I said, ‘let me just take the transition and start doing good characters and have the younger leading man take over those responsibilities, so that they were not on my shoulders.’” He continued, “That was a great decision on my part, I was not disillusioned about myself. These are the moments when you have to be more realistic and not be disillusioned. And here I am.”

Anil Kapoor added that it was his son Harsh who convinced him to play Priyanka and Ranveer’s father in ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’.

Besides, the soon to release ‘Thar’, Anil Kapoor also has ‘Jug Jug Jeeyo’ due to release soon. Besides Anil Kapoor the main cast of the movie includes, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Neetu Kapoor.

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