Race 3 actor Anil Kapoor: Not just a nice script, it is important to have a reliable studio, producer and director on board


With Hindi cinema showing its fascination with superhero films of late, won’t it be good time to make the much-anticipated sequel of Mr India (1987)? After that, if they like my work, I’m happy,” he says. A slightly burly man, who is with them, also takes the opportunity to ask for a photo with the actor. “But I never force them,” clarifies the actor, who has acted in landmark movies such as Parinda (1989), Lamhe (1991) and Slumdog Millionare (2008). In Race 3, he plays the role of a larger-than-life patriarch. That, he says, is changing and cites the example of Ayan Mukerji’s upcoming film Brahmastra, which is supposed to be a fantasy trilogy. The actor, who has been part of many multi-starrers, believes in giving his best when on the sets. According to him, franchises are not a well thought out trend in India yet, unlike what Hollywood does with Marvel stories. Ahead of the multi-starrer Race 3’s release next Friday, Kapoor is excited. “We are trying. He loved it. Kapoor has been a prolific actor and his filmography reveals some interesting choices. When Kapoor is approached for a role, he falls back on his instincts to make a choice. Even though we have a nice script, it is important to have a reliable studio, producer and director on board. “I try to figure out if I connect with the story and the character as well as the director and producers. Even though I have been acting for 40 years, with Woh Saat Din I started my journey as a leading man,” says the actor, who claims he still does a lot of preparation for the roles he essays. We have not been able to crack it yet. The struggle is to come up with a great idea,” he lets out. “The obvious choice to launch a leading man is to make a love story. Referring to his struggle to establish himself as an actor at that time, he says in a lighter vain, “Beggars can’t be choosers”. Kapoor has been one of the constants in the Race 3 franchise, apart from featuring in other franchises such as No Entry. Without missing a beat, Kapoor turns to the man and asks if he wants to sit on his lap as well. The child sits on the actor’s lap as his father taps on the phone’s camera. Anil Kapoor will be sharing the screen with Salman Khan in Race 3. A man accompanied by his young son enters Anil Kapoor’s vanity van at Bandra’s Mehboob Studios, just as our conversation is to begin, and requests for a “candid” photograph with him. Immediately, everybody, staff and strangers alike, burst out laughing. So, we remade it as Woh Saat Din,” the 1956-born actor recalls. For Woh Saat Din, Kapoor took the risk of playing an aspiring music director who doesn’t get the girl. Anil Kapoor returns to the Race franchise. “This June 23, it will be 35 years since Woh Saat Din (1983) released. “Yes, if the makers want the film to be good,” he says. When he goes through the scripts offered to him, he does give his inputs. All these boxes must be ticked, before I go ahead with it. Will he be back as Mr India? That’s the priority. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App 2018-06-12T07:58:18+05:30″>
Updated: June 12, 2018 7:58:18 am

Anil Kapoor; a still from Race 3. “The challenge was to look larger-than-life yet real while avoiding being a caricature. When the film reaches out to a wider audience, the experience of doing it becomes better,” says Kapoor, who has a gym-ready body for the film and has performed a few stunts. Aside from this challenge, a lot of effort went into my look, body language and the way I deliver the dialogues. He does divulge that his producer brother Boney Kapoor was thinking of casting him in a romantic movie with a happy ending at that time. “The film has to be good. My brother watched the Tamil film Antha Ezhu Naatkal, written and directed by K Bhagyaraj, in Chennai. That’s Anil Kapoor, 61, an actor with infectious energy. However, we were never happy with the script of the proposed film. We also had to think of his backstory,” says the actor, who is clad in an all-white attire. So far, the sequel depends on the fate of the original movie at the box-office.