'I am not complacent'

'I am not complacent'

Arjun Kapoor might be only two films old but the actor believes himself to be in a lucky space, having bagged roles opposite leading actresses including Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

The 27-year-old actor made his Bollywood debut last year opposite Parineeti Chopra in Ishaqzaade. In his upcoming films —
Gunday, the Hindi remake of Telegu film Okkadu; ‘Finding Fanny Fernandes’ and ‘Two States’ — Arjun will be seen opposite Priyanka, Sonakshi Sinha, Deepika and Alia Bhatt respectively. “I am really lucky in comparison to all the other young actors because I am working with all the top actresses, whether it is Priyanaka, Deepika, Sonakshi or Parineeti. I am also working with Alia,” Arjun says. The actor adds, “I think I am one of the few actors in the younger generation who looks good with all of them, which is a rare thing. I am the type who can fit in with a young girl like Alia and someone like Priyanka who is a woman.”

But Arjun is not yet content. He wants to work with every Bollywood actress, including his childhood crush Kareena Kapoor. “I want to work with Anushka (Sharma), Katrina (Kaif) and yes not to forget Kareena Kapoor, as she is my first genuine crush. But I don’t know when I will get the opportunity. It is always good to work with different actors, instead of repeating the same. Maybe by next year, I will have projects opposite them. I want to work with all of them,” he says.

Arjun’s second release ‘Aurangzeb’, which also starred Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Tamil star Prithviraj Sukumaran, did not do as well as his first film but he is not disheartened. “Each film has its own fate. It might not have done as well as Ishaqzaade but they were different films. It would be unfair to compare them.

Aurangzeb made Rs 25 crores. If you look at it as a songless, action-drama with no heroine and no star cast, then it did good. So, I feel I can alone pull in Rs 25 crore. Tomorrow, if I have a formidable actress and song-and-dance routine, maybe I can pull in more. I look at it in a positive way,” Arjun adds.

The actor, who is the son of producer Boney Kapoor, is working with top production houses like Yash Raj Films and Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. But for Arjun, it is not a big deal as he would have not settled for anything less. “I have never been star struck in my life. For me, it is not a big deal because I would expect nothing less out of me. I would consider it as a failure if I became an actor and didn’t work with the best. But I am not complacent. I may be laidback in my approach but that doesn’t mean I am not ambitious. I know there is a time and place for what I want to achieve so there is no point rushing.”

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