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Arjun will be a film maker soon: Balki

Arjun Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, Nov. 25 -- He hails from a film family - his father, Boney Kapoor, is a producer, uncle Anil Kapoor is a popular actor, as is his cousin, Sonam Kapoor.

And although Arjun Kapoor is pursuing his acting career right now, film-maker R Balki feels that he has all the qualities of a film-maker.

"For me, Arjun isn't really a revelation, because I have seen his films and have followed his work. But for an actor of his age and experience, he has a rare sensitivity. He is a very sharp actor, and will be a film-maker soon," says Balki, who has just wrapped up his next starring Arjun and Kareena Kapoor Khan.

The Cheeni Kum (2007) director says Arjun's "understanding of characters and scripts is amazing". He says, "In my film, the ease with which he got into a complex character surprised me. Arjun is distinctive and supremely gifted. I am proud of his performance."

On a different note, ask Balki if his wife, director Gauri Shinde, is his sounding board when he works on a script, and he says, "Of course. But I also bounce off ideas with actors. To me, the most important person before I start writing a film is the actor who I want to work with on that particular project. I have to get an excited okay from them [beforehand]. I cannot write and then show it to an actor. In India, the choice of a star plays a big role in how you write characters," he says.