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No update on Mr. India sequel!

Arjun Kapoor

By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 18 -- Arjun Kapoor, whose two years in Bollywood have been fruitful, is now excited at the prospect of working [with father Boney Kapoor and uncle Sanjay Kapoor] on an upcoming project. In this interview, he talks about his plans to take up direction, the trend of remakes and what's happening to the Mr India (1987) sequel.

Your initial releases established you as a serious actor. Was taking up Homi Adajania's next film (he signed on for the project after Ishaqzaade, 2012) a conscious decision to break out of that image?

I think 2 States pretty much broke the thought process that I am only doing macho roles. But, Finding Fanny happened by chance. It was never on my agenda to do a song-less English film with an ensemble cast. When it came to me, I thought why not take a chance on Homi's faith?

Is direction still part of your career plan?

I do have some stories in mind, but now is not the time. I am just trying to get a foothold in [the industry in terms of] acting. I want to enjoy this time. There are millions who would die to be in my position right now, so I don't want to let the opportunity go. If I reach a position where I am ready to direct, I will do that too.

100 crore has become the benchmark for a film's success. Do you crave to have every film hit that mark?

We are actors, not stars. We are not above the film, and can't think about numbers. The idea is to do good work. I can't imagine my films achieving that kind of a number.

Is the Mr India sequel still being made? What's the status of the film?

There is no update on it. The film is on my father's (Boney Kapoor, producer) wish list. When we find a director and things are in place, I am sure there will be an official announcement. [Right now], there is no director or script. It's just a thought. There is no concrete plan to execute.

Your next with your father and uncle is a remake. Do you think that there is a dearth of fresh stories in the Hindi film industry?

I am working with my family for the first time after becoming an actor. It's an emotional experience. Also, if you see a film that has the potential to connect with a global audience, then going ahead with a remake is fine. My father has worked on 20-odd remakes, like Judaai (1997) and No Entry (2005), and they were made much before this current trend started.