Characters over actors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jan 2018 09:59:06


Abhishek Kapoor, whose next movie Kedarnath will mark Sara Ali Khan’s debut, says he chases his characters instead of actors.

“Newcomers have an infectious energy and unpredictability and give the audience a surprise. Having said that, it’s not that I mind working with established actors provided they are as excited about portraying the characters that I would like to see brought to life. I can only chase my characters, not my actors. Sometimes it is not possible to do both,” Kapoor said in a statement to IANS.

He said his journey to make films was his own choice.
Often one to refrain from being spotted with a particular camp, Kapoor said: “When I was growing up, my mother’s brother Jeetendra was a major Hindi movie star, and we do know a lot of people from the movie business. But as with everyone, the decision to be in films and my journey in film was my own, and has been a fairly challenging one too.
“Knowing people is not an automatic all-access pass to success. Very early on, I saw a lot of failure, so any sense of entitlement I may have had about my place in the business, was quickly knocked out of me.”

On how Kedarnath happened, he said: “In my house, spirituality has been a guiding principle. I am a big believer of Shivji and the cosmic forces that oversee us.There are two kinds of people in the spiritual world. Those who are believers and and those who are seekers. A believer has trust in the universe and a seeker is one who isn’t, but is trying to gain that trust. What I have observed is that on their journeys to seek God, they usually experience God at some point along the way.”

The flash floods that wrought death and destruction in the Hindu pilgrim destination Kedarnath in 2013, left an indelible impact on Kapoor.
“The incident of the floods in 2013 also could not leave my mind, due to the stories that came out of it -- devastating and remarkable in equal measure. I had to go ahead and develop a film set against that backdrop. I believe it is one of the most important stories I can tell for modern India,” Kapoor said.