His debut film has not yet released, he’s just embarked on his baby steps in Bollywood, but five minutes into a conversation with Harshvardhan Kapoor, and you know that you’re seated next to a star in the making. With the confidence he exudes while speaking, the assurance he has about his choices, and the belief in his abilities; you’re likely to mistake him for a star basking in the glory of three to four back-to-back hits. But such is the aura of this latest star kid on the block that you can’t help but feel drawn to his magnetic charm – a trait that was in full display at a recent interview about his upcoming film, Mirzya.
From comparisons with his celebrated father to his criterion while choosing films to his box-office expectations, Harshvardhan wears his heart on his sleeve and shoots from the lip in this candid chat.
On How He Bagged Mirzya
“In 2011, I got a call from my dad (while he was studying in America) saying Mehra’s thinking about Mirzya Sahiban, a romantic tragedy with you. I met Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and he told me Gulzar saab is writing it, A.R. Rahman was doing the music at that time, and he thought that I was the only young kid he could imagine playing the role. I felt it was too soon for me to take up that responsibility as that would mean a very big life change, dropping out of college. So I finished college, came back, trained as an actor for a year, and then, in 2013, I messaged him. He had finished Milkha, and a month before Milkha released, we decided to go ahead.”
On His Choice of Films
“I do films that I like to watch. You’re basically a pawn in the Director’s vision as an actor. If you’re working with the best, and they’ve seen something in you, they know what they’re doing. The two or three films that I’m doing are very unique because the Directors themselves have been working on those scripts for so many years. Mirzya is a script that has been going on for seven to eight years. Vikram (Vikramaditya Motwane) started conceptualizing Bhavesh Joshi (his next film) after Udaan. It’s very personal. Might be doing a film with Sriram (Sriram Raghvan of Badlapur fame), and it’s the same thing. So I look for that personal bond between the Director and the subject and can I see myself in that world.”
On Pressure of Being Anil Kapoor’s son and Sonam Kapoor’s Brother
“When you’ll see Mirzya or Bhavesh Joshi, you won’t think of them, you’ll just think of how I played it. I like to believe that I’m an original person, and every actor has his own instinct, and if you stick to those, then your originality comes through, and you create an identity through your path.”
On Box-Office Collection vs Critical Acclaim
“With Mirzya, it’s a unique case because if it gets critical appreciation that’ll lead to box-office success. I feel it’s a film that may draw a small audience on the first day, but if the reviews are really good, then it could really pick up from Saturday, and we could have a nice run until the Diwali biggies release. It’s a word-of-mouth film, and we need the critics, and it’s a film for them because they really appreciate it when all the elements of a film come together. You can’t control box-office success because it depends on a lot of factors. So for me, it would be critical acclaim because that’s something I feel as an actor I’m in control of. If my performance is good it’s good.”
Barely 1-film old, and already this lad has such an articulate mind on his shoulders. Well, we guess, it’s the effect of hailing from an intelligent family in the first place. Now we can’t wait to see what he brings to the table in his debut feature.
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