Arjun Kapoor: “You can’t take anything for granted”

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has now been a part of Bollywood cinema for a decade. The actor started his acting career in 2012 with the movie, ‘Ishaqzaade’. Speaking about his journey in tinsel town, the actor said that he never takes anything for granted and freely admits that he is now living the kind of life he couldn’t have possibly envisioned for himself.

As reported by HT, Arjun Kapoor said, “As an actor, being an assistant director on set, and being a producer’s son, I know how difficult filmmaking is behind the camera. The biggest lesson I learned over the years is that being in front of the camera is also as much of the hard work. You can’t take it for granted. I’m living the life that I’d never imagined. Right. So, I’m grateful and forever happy being part of this profession and just doing good work”.

This has been the crux of his acting career since 2012. After ‘Ishaqzaade’, Arjun Kapoor has tried to work in different genres and portray various types of characters and that’s reflected in his filmography, which includes movies like, ‘Gunday’, ‘2 States’, ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ and ‘Ki & Ka’ among others.

Now he seems to be navigating through yet another phase of his careers with movies like ‘Kuttey’, ‘Ek Villain Returns’ and ‘The Ladykiller’. Arjun shares that the pandemic gave him much needed time to self-reflect on his life as well as career choices.

He said, “Now that I’ve had time to process during the pandemic about what has happened to my career, and what happened to me personally. So, maybe I’m entering a better phase of my life. And that’s also happened because I’ve gone back to being more instinctive and impulsive and more of an audience member, because I’ve had to sit at home and discover where I was going wrong and reconnect.”

Arjuns also shares that over the years he has stumbled over this self-realization that he is actually quite resilient and “able to survive highs and lows. I get affected, but not enough to get caught up and bogged down”. “I never knew that I was such a secure human being to be able to do all kinds of films and roles that I did.”

The 36-year-old actor further continues and adds, “When I started in this profession, I just wanted to act and make a name for myself. That has always remained constant. When I did Ki & Ka, I didn’t know that the subject would excite people… For instance, in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, I didn’t know I had the courage to cross-dress in the climax of that film. When I look back, I feel I’m a very strong person to be able to do something like that. I don’t know how many mainstream actors, or so-called commercial heroes would think about doing that”.

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