Anil Kapoor: Acting while playing the trumpet was a challenge
It's been a long journey for Anil Kapoor, who kicked-off his Bollywood career learning to play the harmonium for Woh Saat Din (1983), and is now taking to the trumpet in Fanney Khan.
Even though 35 years divide the two films, Kapoor's process of understanding the instruments has remained as tedious as it always was. Like he did for his debut film, he became proficient at playing the trumpet before filming for Fanney Khan commenced.
The toil was essential, says Kapoor. The trumpet is an integral part of my character.
“It stays with him throughout the movie as a prized possession. I was excited to learn a new instrument and took lessons from [professional player] Ramesh Kumar Gurung," he reasons.
Despite playing an array of instruments for his films - including the sitar when he was a child artiste starring in Tu Payal Mein Geet (1971) - it is the trumpet that he found the hardest to perform with.
"Playing it, and acting whilst playing it, are two different things. It was challenging to emote while using the instrument. My character, Fanney, plays it when he is sad or happy. So I had to make it look real."