Written bySagar Malik
Starting his career as a child artist in his father and the legendary showman Raj Kapoor's movie Mera Naam Joker (1970), Rishi Kapoor has come a long way in his journey with films.
The 67-year-old actor, who cemented his name as a romantic hero for decades, has proved his versatile acting with a varied set of films.
In an interview, he revisited his journey.
In a recent interview with the Deccan Chronicle, Kapoor opened up on his connection with romantic cinema and romance, saying, "I have spent 25 years in the film industry as a romantic hero."
"I may be 67, but I am young at heart and optimistic. There is no fixed age for romance. It can happen anytime and with anyone," he said.
Talking about the change in cinema and audience preferences, Kapoor opined that back in the 1970s, audiences would not have accepted content-based films like Vicky Donor and Bala.
"Now, they (audiences) are aware, mostly educated and watch Netflix," he said.
Notably, Kapoor recently featured in a Netflix movie, titled Rajma Chawal, that was directed by Leena Yadav (Shabd, Parched).
Further, talking about his film choices, Kapoor said, "I tried to do whatever I could 25 years ago. No one gave me a chance to do anything different."
"Now I'm enjoying playing different characters, like in Rajma Chawal, 102 Not Out, Mulk, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons," he added.
However, he clarified that he doesn't want to play father figures.
Kapoor also admitted that there have been roles that he regrets doing. "I've done a lot of films where I didn't know what I was doing," he said.
Citing the example of Delhi 6, he said, "My part got lost. It was not what I had heard. The director (Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra) was so confused."
"I should be more careful in future," he stated.
Meanwhile, Kapoor is set to star in Jeethu Joseph's suspense thriller film The Body. The movie, also starring Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala and Vedhika, is an official remake of a 2012 eponymous Spanish film. It is slated to release on December 13.
Incidentally, Kapoor returned to India, in September, after spending 11 months in New York for his cancer treatment.
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