Ishaan Khatter on comparisons with brother Shahid Kapoor: I’ve always looked up to Bhai


It meant the world to me. If I like the script, I may end up doing five films at the same time, though I think that would be too much overlapping. Normally, Majid sir doesn’t arrange private screenings for anyone. Some of them, which are today regarded as classics, had such a meager budgets there was hardly any money for proper meals for the crew. A. I feel I am being exposed to all kinds of cinema at a very young age. I’d rather learn on the job. Q. We’ve been travelling together extensively for the promotion and screening of Beyond The Clouds. And I continue to seek his advice. I don’t mind. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Are you prepared for the comparisons with Shahid? But he made an exception for Bhai. Was there a lot of preparation involved? Right now it is the release of one film and the shooting of the other? They happened one after the other by providence. Q. It’s helping me grow as an actor. It is interesting that both the characters you play in Beyond The Clouds and Dhadak are from a strata of society far removed from you. It was just my mother, Bhai and I. Yes, which acting school did Dilip Kumar go to? When she saw my performance, she had one thing to say which said it all. I never attended any acting school, though I’ve done theatre workshops a couple of times and it has been an extremely enriching experience. I will do all the films that I want to do. Is that what you intend to do in your career? Are you planning to do as many films as possible? It was a challenge doing these two films as my debut and post-debut. Because on a personal level, I’ve always looked up to him. Q. A. Q. That’s right. The date schedules and everything was worked out. How have your brother Shahid and mother (actress-dancer Neelima Azim) reacted to your performance in Beyond The Clouds? Since I was playing a boy from the chawls, Majidi sir wanted me to look undernourished. Or would your output be meager like your brother Shahid Kapoor? Bhai didn’t say anything. The whole notion of acting hinges on assuming unknown characters. Q. This(not going to the gym) was very unusual since it was an instinctive part of my daily routine. I hope I’ve done what was required from me. You know, for the longest time he couldn’t watch the film because he was busy with Padmaavat. Q. But he stuck on. I was ready to shoot for Dhadak when I was offered Beyond The Clouds. A. It can’t be helped. I will try. My mother is my best friend and my biggest critic. That look said it all. They’ve already started. For Dhadak, (director) Shashank Khaitan sir wanted me to bulk up a bit to look like an average guy. Q. I believe it’s always important to listen to the call of your heart. Isn’t that what I am here for? Yes, while I am promoting Beyond The Clouds, we’ve almost wrapped up the shooting of my second film Dhadak. Q. If I did, I wouldn’t be able to sleep properly. A. What was Shahid’s reaction to your performance? Did you use the same body type for both roles? Related News
Beyond The Clouds: Majid Majidi recalls his first meeting with Ishaan KhatterClouds with Silver LiningsMost awaited Bollywood debuts of 2018: Warina Hussain, Sanjana Sanghi, Janhvi Kapoor and moreActor Ishaan Khatter, who is all set to make his big screen debut with Beyond the Clouds, comes with no formal training in his field, but he is ready to learn on the job, to listen to the call of his heart and to bat comparisons with his star brother Shahid Kapoor. “Who are you?” It was her way of telling me I had disappeared into the character. I don’t think I can live a life of compromise. I could have ended up not doing one of them if my producer Karan Johar had not been so supportive. A. But he chose to direct films. Majidi sir had considered others. But once Honey Sir (casting director Honey Trehan) came on board, it was more or less me that Majidi sir wanted. When the film was over, he took an angdaai (stretch and yawn) and then gave me a look expressing what he felt. Q. He saw my auditions and told Honey sir to cast me. And? It was one of the most memorable events of my life. No. How did that happen? Q. Q. A. My debut film was going to be Karan Johar’s production Dhadak. He trained to be an actor and could’ve become a leading star of Iran after acting in talked-about films like Boycott. I don’t know how actors of yesteryears managed to do three shifts every day. I have to thank my mother for bringing me up on a regular diet of Hindi and American classic films. Well, I had to lose 8.5 kg almost overnight before shooting for Beyond The Clouds. I’ve always looked up to Bhai. We are brothers and people will try to see similarities between us. Even my director Majid Majidi came from a very humble background. It’s an enriching experience. Ishaan, I believe you chose not to be a trained actor? A. Q. A. I believe you were the first and only choice? But beyond that, I don’t want to acquire the skills of acting and use them on camera. Wasn’t he from a very humble background with no connection to cinema or acting? Q. 2018-04-16T13:44:40+05:30″>
Published: April 16, 2018 1:44:40 pm

Beyond the Clouds actor Ishaan Khatter shared that he has never attended any acting school. A. Not that I am getting much sleep anyway (laughs). Excerpts from the interview:
Q. I stopped going to the gym to get the physique required. Did you find it difficult to connect with them? Finally, I had to ask Majid sir to organise a private screening for Bhai.