Anil Kapoor has been reiterating for some time that he wants to play an out-and-out baddie and the universe has conspired with filmmaker Mohit Suri to grant him his wish. In his upcoming film, 'Malang', the actor plays a trigger-happy, unscrupulous cop, Anjaney Agashe. “He enjoys violence because he is inherently unhappy. There is a lot that has made him the way he is,” the actor offers, explaining his dark metamorphosis.
Interestingly, Anil did not grab the role immediately, afraid it might be compared to his other cop turns.
“I asked them if I could perhaps play Kunal Kemmu's part,” he admits, but Mohit was convinced he was a perfect fit for the junkie policeman. “While shooting, someone reminded me that I had snorted cocaine before everyone else, in Feroz Khan’s 'Janbaaz' (1986).” He goes on to inform that son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor had recommended he watch both parts of Bad Lieutenant and he found his muses in its actors, Harvey Keitel and Nicolas Cage, along with some real life encounter cops. Prod him on what’s happening with Harsh’s Abhinav Bindra biopic and he smiles, “Funny you should ask me this. We did a photoshoot just this morning. Abhinav had flown down from Chandigarh. The shoot should start soon.”
The father-son duo has already faced the camera for Vikramaditya Motwane’s directorial AK vs AK. The film that pits him against Anurag Kashyap and also features his daughters, Rhea and Sonam.
“I am very lucky that I’m getting to work with them. Harsh, Sonam and Rhea are very independent-minded. Plus, Sonam is a big star and Harsh is getting there in his own way. Rhea is making films she enjoys watching fun, commercial films with girls because for her, actresses can be heroes too.” Where does he see his career going? “I want to do something out-of-the-box and progressive. Even if people don’t connect with it today, they will in five years. Now I want to be uncomfortable, nervous and challenged,” asserts the actor, adding that he will go out all guns blazing in his next, Karan Johar’s 'Takht'.
And was his meeting with Shekhar Kapur a teaser for a 'Mr India' sequel?
“No, that will only happen when we crack something interesting,” he dismisses. So, it might still be a while before we see Anil don the invisibility cloak but there’s no reason to complain because he is constantly wearing his age-defying mask. “For me, working out has become like brushing my teeth and taking a shower,” Anil points out, illustrating his reasoning with an example. “People wonder how a 100-year-old car can be in better shape than a newer model. It’s possible if it’s well-maintained and tended to every day. Also, the DNA of these vintage cars is good, which increases its longevity. Ditto, for the human body. My parents and grandparents provided me with good genes and I am taking care of them now,” he asserts. There’s one more thing that keeps him going. “I am a very positive person, so much so, that friends call me when they are feeling down for the good vibes,” he adds.
Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Adnan Sami recently received the Padma Shri but the national honour continues to elude Anil. Does that bother him?
“No, it doesn’t. I was the first one to congratulate the winners. You should ask the ones giving out the awards this question. I focus on my work as thinking about such things won’t let me do that,” he signs off.