Tuesday, March 31, 2020

'People are thinking of me in ways they hadn't before'

'With Malang, I knew I had a chance to give the audience a new version of myself which they hadn't seen before.'

IMAGE: Aditya Roy Kapur with Disha Patani in Malang.

Aditya Roy Kapur finally had another hit with his Aashiqui 2 Director Mohit Suri in Malang.
Aditya tells Subhash K Jha that Malang's is "heartening".
Malang seems to have given you a new image to start a fresh phase in your career.]
I think the most exciting thing for me, when it came to Malang, was that I knew it was unchartered territory for me.
Action is a genre I've been wanting to do for the longest time.
With Malang, I knew I had a chance to give the audience a new version of myself which they hadn't seen before.
With the film doing well, it seems they have accepted me in this new avatar and that is heartening.
How has Malang changed your life?
Of course, new opportunities have presented themselves.

But I think because the role was so different from what I've done before, people are thinking of me in ways they hadn't before. That's exciting.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Aditya Roy Kapur/Instagram

You seem to share a special rapport with Mohit Suri. What makes your collaboration with him so successful?
It is tough to put a finger on why it works and I don't really want to try and analyse it.
I really enjoy collaborating with him.
He is such a passionate director, so consumed by his film whenhe is making it that I find the film I'm shooting for becomes my life for that period of time.
I guess we connect on that level.
Mohit Suri and you have collaborated on two successful films -- Aashiqui 2 and Malang.
He definitely brings out parts of myself that maybe other directors do not.

He is the one to have faith in me to do a full-on romantic lead (in Aashiqui 2) and then in Malang, to do action even though he had nothing to go on.

IMAGE: Aditya Roy Kapur in Malang.

Do you look forward to working with John Abraham for the first time in Ek Villain 2? Why do we see so few films with two or more heroes?
I will talk about Ek Villain 2 when the time is right.
As far as two hero films are concerned, I think more of them are being made now than before.
I think it's changing.

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