'Salman has inspired my son'

'Salman has inspired my son'

Sridevi and Boney Kapoor look like they’ve just been married. That they just didn't let go of each other at the recent Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) match in the City was only an indicator of how strong the two bond despite years having elapsed since their marriage.

cosy Sridevi and Boney.    DH photo by Dinesh S K

Apart from being supportive of each other’s endeavours, the husband and wife are excited about their son Arjun Kapoor (from Boney’s first marriage) taking his baby steps into filmdom with Ishaqzaade and they’ve been busy giving him all the
support that they can to make sure his debut is a big one.

Naturally, Sridevi doesn't want to speak too much about her comeback to the big screen with English Vinglish. “It’s great to be back again. It’s a rather long gap but I don’t find too much of a difference,” is all that you can get from her. Instead, she prefers to dwell on her son’s debut. “Boney and I are happy for him (Arjun). We have not given him any big advice and I must say that today’s kids are smarter than us and know how to go after what they want,” she says, before returning to cheer her team  ‘Bengal Tigers’, which was playing against the ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’ in the City recently.

Boney too is thrilled about Arjun’s foray into films. And his debut film will release in May-June this year. What advice does he have for the young man? “Be honest in whatever you do. I tell him that all the time. In fact, it was  Salman Khan who inspired him to join the film industry. He trains at his institute,” Boney says and adds, “Salman has played a big part in getting Arjun interested in films.” 

Boney is confident that Arjun will make a mark as he has assisted and has had his share of training in the film industry before plunging into acting. About Sridevi making a comeback, Boney says, “I am happy for her and I am glad she’s getting back to focussing on her career.”

Boney confesses that he began his filmi journey in Bengali cinema and it was his love for cricket and the urge to do something for the Bengali film industry that prompted him to buy the ‘Bengal Tigers’ for the CCL match. He says he found the ‘Twenty 20’ format of cricket quite exciting. “Films and cricket is a heady mix and attracts a lot of people. It’s interesting to watch the actors live in action. Winning or losing is not important, the primary motive is to share the excitement of the game. It’s wonderful to be able to sit around here and cheer on,” Boney says. Boney thinks that more than cricket, CCL has brought people from different regions, languages and background together to share their ideas and expressions. 

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