He is the Mr. Dependable, Mr. Consistent of Bollywood. He has had his share of Ups and Downs in the Industry and has emerged a Winner everytime. He can be termed as the ‘Chocolate Boy of the Masses’, at the same time, he is the ‘Critics’ Favourite’ too. This Week, ‘Mr. India’ turns a ‘Mr. Bechara’ as he enters the ‘No Entry’ Zone to have Koffee with Karan… Yes, catch the Mega Star Anil Kapoor talking about his Experiences, Hardships, Memorable Moments and much more….
The Second Guest for the evening is one of the finest actors in Bollywood today. Versatile in his roles, Restrained in his performances, this Papa’s Boy has won the hearts of his fans and stands up because of his acting prowess and sheer talent. Please welcome Akshaye Khanna !! Make sure you catch this week’s exciting episode of Koffee with Karan on Sunday, July 22nd exclusively on Star One and Star World at 9 p.m.
Disproving the saying, “Two actors being really close friends doesn’t happen in the industry”, Anil and Akshaye share a very close bond of friendship starting from the days of Taal to their recent release Salaam-E-Ishq, the duo are back in action again in Gandhi My Father. 30 long years into the film industry, Anil Kapoor owes every part of his success to the industry and cherishes every moment he has spent here. Talking about his daughter Sonam’s debut vehicle ‘Saawariya’, we see a relaxed father Anil saying, “She is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s responsibility now”. Akshaye Khanna too accepts the fact that even with the up’s and down’s a film career offers, this is the place to be in. Akshaye shares that he was completely moved when he read the script of ‘Gandhi-My Father’ and in fact when he saw the film with his family, he was extremely emotional.
When Karan got to his Rapid Fires, there was fun riot!! If Ramu offered Anil the role in Nishabdh, which hottie would he like the young girl to play? One film of Akshaye’s, he wishes was never made. Madhuri or Sridevi – who dies Anil choose? The biggest turn on in a woman according to Akshaye is? Who wins the hamper? Tune-in to this week’s exciting episode!
Excerpts from the interview:
Karan: 30 years... so you've been through ups and downs and hits and flops and always maintained your stature... always maintained your dignity... and always maintained your stardom. It must have been a tough ride. How does it feel today?
Anil: I feel honestly... god has been very kind to me and the film industry has been wonderful, all my directors and co-stars have been wonderful. I have some great friends and my family has been wonderful. I don’t know what I would have done if I was not in this film industry. I’ve had a great time… every moment I have spent over here has been wonderful.
Karan: So how old are you Anil?
Anil: I'm 30 years old. I was born in '78 when I first faced the camera.
Karan: Fine! Great! And I’m the Queen of England (Laughs), but we just have to move on. So we’ll just stick to the fact that your 30. Today how does it feel? You have done such tremendous innings, you've done such great work, you’re a lead actor and your daughter is making a debut with Sanjay Bhansali in Sanwariya. Does that scare you at all? The thought of it...?
Anil: Not at all. Because I have two more children so I’m hoping to be a leading man till they also come into entertainment, because they also have decided to come into entertainment. I don’t know which line they are going to choose. Sonam of course is Sanjay Leela Bhansali's responsibility so that’s taken care of. The focus is Harsh and Riya. Till they come and make a mark in the entertainment world, I have to be a leading man.
Karan: Is this a real fact that both of you'll are really close friends which doesn’t really happen... two actors being real friends… That doesn’t really happen in the industry though people pretend but this is a genuine friendship… So how did that happen? How did it all start?
Akshaye: From my side it was out of respect really.
Karan: You both did Taal and then Salaam-e-ishq also.
Anil: Yeah, that was more recent. But basically for me it started from Taal. I remember on the first day of shooting… I was waiting on the sets of Taal and looking at the watch and I was like, ‘Subhaashji aapka hero Akshaye to aaya hi nahi abhi tak’, and he said, ‘woh aayega.. who aayega!’ And he came after 12 o'clock and he came very casually on the set and he said, ‘Subhaashji, sorry, I overslept’. (Laughs)
Karan: So, was Akshaye your first choice for the film – ‘Gandhi-My Father’?
Anil: Well… when I heard the script, he wasn’t the first choice … there were other actors who were considered…
Karan: You didn’t know that Akshaye?
Akshaye: I did
Anil: But, I always wanted Akshaye to be in the film.
Karan: What was your reaction, when you saw the film for the first time?
Akshaye: I saw it, with my family… emotions… it really stirs you … it shakes you up… makes you cry… I sometimes cry just watching the promos…
Karan: It has that kind of impact… what was your father’s reaction… when he saw the film…
Akshaye: He hugged me and he hugged Anil… Anil said, he wouldn’t let me go, he was hugging him for so long… he was so happy… so happy…
Karan: Fantastic… and I wish you all the best!!
So, don’t forget to tune in as Karan chats with Anil Kapoor and Akshaye Khanna on Koffee with Karan this Sunday, July 22nd at 9 p.m. on Star One and Star World.
Author: Srividya Rajesh, Shagun