I had refused Agneepath: Rishi Kapoor


By Hindustan Times

Even though he has been in the industry for over four decades and has been part of around 150 films, actor Rishi Kapoor feels now is the right time for him to experiment with different kinds of roles.

Be it a middle class teacher struggling to live up to his family’s expectations in Do Dooni Chaar, a disciplinarian elderly Sikh in Patiala House or the actor’s most recent outing as the baddie Rauf Lala in Karan Johar’s Agneepath, the actor feels that character roles are giving him enough scope to challenge himself. “I am completely enjoying this phase of my career. I am happy that I am getting to do important and challenging roles even at this age,” says Kapoor on his recent visit to the Capital.

As for playing the villain in Agneepath, the 59-year-old says, “When I was told about the character, I refused it point blank. I told Karan Malhotra that if I fail, then your film will fail. But he, along with Karan Johar, pressurised me. For the first time in 40 years of my career, I decided to give a look test and that actually helped me to build the confidence to play Rauf.”

The success of the film has not only increased Kapoor’s confidence, but also given him immense recognition. “Ranbir was always known as Raj Kapoor’s grandson. People forgot Ranbir is Rishi Kapoor’s son. But, Agneepath’s success has changed that,” says Kapoor.

So, what is his thought on son Ranbir’s career? “He is on the right track,” says Kapoor, whose upcoming films include Housefull 2, Student of the Year and the remake of Chashme Buddoor. Does he plan to revive the RK banner and direct a film under it? “RK is very much there and I would love to direct a film, but only if an inspiring story comes my way. My first passion is acting and not filmmaking,” he says.

Interestingly, the actor got slightly miffed at the event which took place in capital when he was referred to as’ the chocolaty actor of his times’ again and again. He said, “You can call me ice-creamy or better whiskey actor but not chocolatey. Call me romantic actor naa.”

On Rauf Lala
I am glad that the conviction and confidence of Karan Malhotra and Karan Johar in me to play Rauf paid off

On a film with Ranbir
It would all depend on a good script. If I get a great script that suits both of us, then why not?

Rishi also talks about …..Why Indian films do fair well globally
When we design an Indian film, we keep a formula in mind which includes adding a bit of romance, action and comic with songs and dance being an essential part of it.And somewhere in that story gets lost as far as global audience is concerned. I think to make it more appealing to the global audiences we should alienate ourself from the song and dance mould which is not that easy. Moreover, most of out films are pitched only for the Indian diaspora.