'I had to stop eating at some point'

WATCHING WEIGHT

Newcomer Armaan Jain’s debut film is ready to take off but his love life is yet to begin. The 23-year-old confesses that he has never been in a relationship, probably due to his weight.

The grandson of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, who is set to make his acting debut with Arif Ali’s Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, says that girls were probably not attracted to him as he was fat. 

“I’ve never had a girlfri­end. It sounds very funny but I haven’t. I don’t know why. It was probably because I was around 95 kilos, so no one probably looked at me. After that also, all the girls I knew made me their brother. They tied rakhi on me. And I started working very young. I was focussed. I didn’t have time to go out,” says Armaan, who assisted filmmaker Karan Johar when he was a teenager.

If not for girlfriend’s sake, the son of investment banker Manoj Jain and Raj Kapoor’s daughter Rima, chose to cut down on fat to become an actor. 

“I was really fat. I wanted to pursue acting. I had to stop eating at some point and get serious with gymming and diet,” says the football lover. 

Armaan, who left business management course midway to build a career in the film industry, says his weight fluctuates often. “Before going to college I had lost weight. I put on 12 kg again and then I lost again. My weight has been going up and down. My lowest was 66 kg,” he says.

“It’s like music. I have personal best after every two weeks. My favourite was Khalifa and now it’s Maw­wali Qawwali. My weight fluctuates every week,” says Armaan, who was a student of London’s Regents College. Being related to the Kapoor family might seem like a life full of movies and songs, but he says that it wasn’t so. “Gr­o­wing up was not filmy or watching too many films. 

Coming from an investm­ent banking background, for me it was more of watching stock markets than films. It was more of watching sports than movies. For me, it was never about taking tips or advices. It’s about discovering myself,” says Armaan. 

His decision to quit education and join the film industry came as a surprise to his parents but they were proud of him and supportive. 

 “I was nervous about telling my parents. They never thought I would take this decision. They were anxious as to how I will learn the craft.” 

“But they have been very supportive. They told me to follow my passion and that they would back me up as long as I work hard,” he says.

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