Riding on the winds of change

THE SUCCESS he has earned the past 20 years hasn't gone to his head. He goes chirpy-chirpy and breaks the ice as fast as it can be broken. For one who has seen so much of success, he is neither enamoured of hits nor affected by `flops.'

``I am a strong believer in the karma philosophy. I believe that all of us should give our best to the work on hand. The rest is not in our hands. After all, every film cannot be a hit, isn't it?'' Anil Kapoor asks, a smile punctuating every sentence.

From his first hit, `Woh Saat Din,' to ever-so-many box office whoppers -- `Tezaab,' `Ram Lakhan,' `Mr. India,' `Pukaar,' `Virasat,' `Taal' -- he has seen them all. Being open about any situation and any role, Anil has always been very flexible. "Work hard, work harder and work hardest," he keeps saying to himself.

Anil is one hero who has made the best of remakes of South Indian films in Bollywood. "I don't know. Probably, producers thought that my being so open and acceptable to any good role that came my way was okay with them. I believe in being versatile for it is directly proportionate to longevity.''

On the current down trend in Bollywood, when there are more flops than hits, he says this is only a transition period. "It's a signal for filmmakers to change, that's all. If we can realise it and change, things will be back to being good," he says, with a wave of dismissal.

Does he dream? "Of course, every person should dream of something. Dreams keep changing too, as times change. But dreams go on forever,'' he says with a modest smile. But what he would very much like to see and be identified with is a film made in India, by an Indian, becoming a hit all over the world.

What's Anil Kapoor working on now? Honey Irani's `Armaan' and a film being made by Sudhir Mishra whose title could be `Vaapsi' or `Calcutta Mail.' Work apart, he chills out with his family - wife Sunita and his kids, Rhea (14), Harsh (12) and Sonam (10). They are his world, films aside.

Coming to the quintessential question.

What keeps him youthful, healthy and fit as a fiddle? "Happiness is the key to it all. Internal happiness, that is. Being happy is a state of mind and you know what they say about happiness doubling itself when shared,'' he says, with a twinkle in his eyes.

Visible clearly, even through his dark glasses. Carry on Kapoor.

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