Anil Kapoor
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Stamp of a hit is important: Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor


Mumbai, Oct. 2 -- After a career spanning more than 35 years, essaying an eclectic mix of characters in innumerable films, and producing a couple as well, Anil Kapoor says that, now, making money might not be the only thing in his purview, but scoring a hit on the box office still remains a priority for him, even as a producer.

In a recent interview, the 57-year old opens up about his son Harshvardhan's impending debut in Bollywood, the business done by his recently released production venture, and the criteria he usually employs while zeroing in on a film to produce.

Harshvardhan is all set to make his Bollywood debut...

Yes, he's going to start shooting from November. He's prepping himself. I'm very proud of my kids because they were launched by successful directors.

So, any piece of advice for him?

Kids - who are in the 22-23 age bracket - have their own mind, and they are very sure of what they want.

You must be happy with the success of Sonam and Rhea's latest film.

My happiness began when I saw the first cut of the film. When I saw the movie, I knew that we had cracked it. I was very happy with the way the characters had shaped up, and the way they were shown.

Do you think Daawat-e-Ishq, which released on the same day, had an impact on your film?

I feel that if Daawat-e-Ishq had not released in the same week, our film would have been successful on the first day itself. Theirs was a much bigger film, Aditya Roy Kapur was coming after Aashiqui 2 (2013), Habib Faisal after Ishaqzaade (2012), and Aditya Chopra is a successful producer, who has a series of hits to his name. But every film has a journey, and we had ours.

How would you define yourself as a producer?

I'm a very different kind of producer; I spend a lot of my time on the concept of the film. So, when the concept of Khoobsurat was brought to me, I thought it was rubbish for today's day and age. But one day, Rhea told me she wanted to adapt the film, and I just connected with it. The rights of the film were with Tutu Sharma. We spoke to him, and he was gracious enough to give them to us. Then the team came to me with the budget of '15 crore, I slashed it by '3 crore. For me, it was important that the film becomes successful in the very first week. I told Rhea that it was not about the money. I have enough money to take care of the family, but the stamp of a hit is important.