Meet Arjun Kapoor who is gaining a strong foothold in B-town with his many interesting roles

There is something striking about this boy called Arjun Kapoor. Son of producer-parents (Boney Kapoor and the late Mona Kapoor), he is not seeking popularity on the strength of his family name, but taking his time to gain a foothold in the industry with his acting abilities. He appears partly like the rebellious Parma of Ishaqzaade and partly like the introvert Vishal (one of his twin roles in the forthcoming Aurangzeb). So who is the real Arjun Kapoor you ask. “It’s hard to find him. And that’s good, I think,” he laughs. “If people knew the real me they wouldn’t want to see me on screen. I am quite dull and boring in real life. It’s in my interesting roles that I bring in all the elements that are missing in my persona and I thoroughly enjoy it.” says Arjun.

While the verdict on his second film Aurangzeb, his first double role, is awaited on May 18, Arjun’s career graph is touching new highs. He has worked in two Yash Raj Films, including the forthcoming Gunday with Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. There is already talk about another film with Aditya Chopra and he is also part of a Sajid Nadiadwala-Karan Johar project. The film, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States stars him and Alia Bhatt. And then there is a film on the home turf — the remake of Telugu hit Okkadu.

For someone who battled weight issues and had a debut film that failed to take off — (Virus Diwan with Yash Raj’s youth films arm Y-Films), this is definitely a dream run. “I always take Virus Diwan as a blessing in my life. Thankfully it didn’t take off and I got promoted from economy class to business class!” he smiles referring to his first film Ishaqzaade from the main Yash Raj Films banner. “Seriously, I feel I am blessed to gain the respect of filmmakers and the love of cinema-goers. May I add, I haven’t left any stone unturned to achieve this.”

Arjun has often been quoted as being indebted to Salman Khan for spotting the hero in him. “If not for him I would have taken up filmmaking, which I eventually will do because I am enamoured by the process of making a film,” says Arjun.

Talking about his closer-to-life double role in Aurangazeb, the actor says, “Atul Sabharwal, the director, tells me that he spotted the actor in me much earlier. And when he offered me this film, I thought the script was great and the roles were well-etched." An action crime thriller, Aurangzeb is set in present-day Gurgaon. The film, whose characters are blinded by money and power, is about how an illegal business is run in the garb of a real estate consultancy. Jackie Shroff plays the businessman and Arjun is his son. A police team led by Rishi Kapoor and Prithviraj want to break their stranglehold and send Arjun’s lookalike from small-town Nainital as their informer. “Both characters I play are as different as chalk and cheese. One is a Casanova and the other a simple guy,” says Arjun whose steamy scenes with the film’s heroine, newcomer Sasheh Aghaa, are making waves. “Actually, I wonder why because it’s about relationships in modern times. Unless such scenes are relevant to the film, I wouldn’t agree to them,” he says.

Arjun takes a break from his rugged appearance in Abhishek Varman’s 2 States. “I have been trying to move away from my unshaven look. 2 States is my first full romantic film and I sport glasses, short hair and tees and jeans,” says the actor.