|He is barely 20 years old but Arjun Kapoor, eldest son of Boney Kapoor, is already set to take over the reins of production from his father. "Age is no deterrent. What matters is the ability to think and act independently. My dad and my family have all the confidence in me and I want to give back that confidence through my work," says the spirited Arjun.|
Family and relatives
Parents Boney Kapoor (Father)
Mona Shourie Kapoor (Mother)
Relatives Sonam Kapoor (Cousin)
Rhea Kapoor (Cousin)
Anil Kapoor (Uncle)
Sanjay Kapoor (Uncle)
An avid film lover from his early childhood days, Arjun would often accompany his father to the studios as a young child and watch his father working on his production, even as he engaged in intense creative discussions with his team. "I was amazed by dad's organizational ability and the way he planned and executed project after project with remarkable ease and expertise," Arjun recalls. While MR INDIA, left a lasting impression on him, he enjoyed watching PUKAAR.
His interest in the process of filmmaking doubled in due course and one fine day Arjun, decided to quit his college after having passed his H.S.C. exams and get full-fledged into filmmaking, like his father. "I knew I had to start working 24 hours on it if I had to get the actual feel of it. From ROOP KI RANI CHORON KA RAJA to PREM, I did the rounds of studios with dad and got totally involved in his productions," he says.
His real experience and training however came when he assisted his father in the Shah Rukh-Nana Patekar starrer, SHAKTI, in which he also made the trailers of the film, besides being actively involved in it. "The film was very special to me because that's when I really got into the act. It also gave me a new understanding of film-making and the effort that goes behind it," he recalls.
In order to get the hang of the creative side of filmmaking, he joined Karan Johar's production as an assistant director to Nikhil Advani in KAL HO NA HO. The experience gave him an insight into a new style of filmmaking, which connected well to the emotions of the audience. Probably he would have continued to work with Karan Johar, but his home production and his love for his father, beckoned him to go back, and get actively involved in his father's projects.
"My only concern was to ensure that my father's production was on par with the best and remained so," he says, with a proud smile on his face. Besides he also felt that it was important not to get too influenced by any particular style of filmmaking, even if it was a reckoned maker like Karan Johar. "I realized that I can assist Karan Johar in ten films but I have to use my own sensibilities to make a film," he says.
That's when he decided to get completely involved in the production of NO ENTRY, his father's next project, and handled everything there was to production. "I handled the entire production process in the film, right from coordinating with the artistes, the ticketing, the food arrangements. It meant a lot of hard work but it was a great learning experience," he reminisces.
Arjun is now confident of independently handling a film, though his daddy is a constant source of inspiration for him. "His mere presence on the sets makes all the difference and keeps me charged," he says. He also shares a terrific rapport with his uncles, Anil and Sanjay. "Anil uncle is like a second father to me and is always watching out my performance, reprimanding me when I go wrong. I love him. In the case of Sanjay uncle, he is more like an elder brother to me and a great company too," he smiles.
Arjun would personally like to make action comedies but he is keen on experimenting with different kinds of films, which can appeal to a vast section of audiences. Right now, he is getting ready for the D-day when he plunges full-fledged into filmmaking and makes his father proud. Boney Kapoor's son from his first marriage is being launched in a Yash Raj production titled 'Virus Diwan'. It was Salman Khan who, reportedly, discovered the ypung lad's acting potential and took him from a hefty 140 kilos to 85 kilos. Arjun had earlier worked as an assistant director in 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' and 'Salaam-e-Ishq' apart from working in his father's films 'Wanted' and 'No Entry'.