Anil Kapoor on Hollywood projects: “Sometimes I feel it’s not worth my time”


Bollywood actor and every young veteran Anil Kapoor is currently busy promoting his upcoming family entertainer, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’. Recently, he has also had a Netflix release, ‘Thar’ in which he shared screen space with his son Harshvardhan Kapoor’. Beside this, Anil Kapoor also has a fair number of projects in the pipeline.

Recently, the actor gave an interview to Variety, where he was asked why he wasn’t taking up more Hollywood projects. For the unversed, Anil Kapoor has featured in a few Hollywood projects like the Academy award winning movie, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. He was also seen for a small cameo in the Tom Cruise starrer, ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’. Beside this, his other prominent Hollywood role was in the acclaimed and blockbuster TV series, ‘24’, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Interestingly, Anil starred in the Indian adaptation of ‘24’, where he played the lead character.

Anil’s another Indian adaptation is also forthcoming, this one is the BBC series, called ‘The Night Manager’. In the show, Anil will play the role of the arms dealer, which is titled as ‘Captain’ in the Indian version of the show.

Speaking to Variety about not taking up any more Hollywood projects, Anil said, “There are shows, films, which are pitched to me. Sometimes things don’t work out, because of various reasons. It might be the role. It might be the script; it might be the timing when they approached me. And sometimes it might be situations where I feel as if it is not worth my time to go there for this kind of film, or this kind of role.”

This is not to say that Anil has given up on working in the West entirely. Anil stated that he is open to work in an international project is the idea is exciting to him. He said, “But I’m always open to jobs which challenge me, which will help me grow my craft as an actor. And I would love to work with filmmakers who can challenge me and can make me a better actor in the West. I’m looking forward to that.”

In his soon to release movie, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ Anil Kapoor plays the role of Varun Dhawan’s father. He is essaying the role of a romantic, who wants to divorce his wife (Neetu Kapoor). The movie will release in cinemas on June 24, 2022.

After this, Anil Kapoor will feature next in the Ranbir Kapoor starrer, ‘Animal’. He also has a role in the Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone starrer, ‘Fighter’. Apart from this, Anil Kapoor is all set to feature in the Olympic gold medal winning shooter Abhinav Bindra’s biopic, which also stars his son Harshvardhan Kapoor as the lead.


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