Blessed to still get lovely work: Rishi Kapoor
The veteran actor, who is shooting for Rajma Chawal, talks about how thankful he feels to be getting meaty roles that suit his age
Rishi Kapoor takes a moment from shooting for his new movie Rajma Chawal, to talk about how thankful he feels to be getting a chance to essay meaty and lovely roles that suit his age. "I am blessed that I am still getting lovely work. I am really enjoying my work," he says.
"Being an actor, I should take any challenge, any role or any kind of work. Sometimes, the films work... Sometimes, they don't work. That doesn't worry me. But I am happy to do any kind of role which comes to me. Even at this age, getting good roles is a great news for me," adds the 65-year-old.
Son of late legendary actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, Rishi had his big breakthrough in Bollywood with 1973 film Bobby. Since then, he's gone on to play a mixed bag of positive and negative characters in films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Karz, Prem Rog, Chandni, Bol Radha Bol, Do Dooni Chaar, Agneepath and Kapoor & Sons.
Tracing his journey, Rishi says, "I am not typecast as an actor. I am ready for everything. I have done negative, positive and even funny roles. That's what every actor needs to do to bring variety. A good actor should be able to tackle any kind of role."
His new film Rajma Chawal, being shot in the interiors of Chandni Chowk is on a father-son relationship and shines the spotlight on generation gap-related conflicts. Directed by Parched-fame Leena Yadav, the film will feature Rishi as the father and debutant Anirudh Tanwar as his son. It will also star Amyra Dastur.
About what tempted him to take up the film, Rishi says, "I wanted to work with Leena. I liked the ambience and where the story was being told -- the whole beauty of Chandni Chowk. I did it once with Delhi-6... The triumph of this project is that we are shooting the whole film in Chandni Chowk."
He is also all praise for the people of the locality. "The arrangements are terrific and the people of Chandni Chowk have been really cooperative. They are also helping us in shooting and are even working as extras. We have shot a lot outside too on streets," he adds.
Apart from this film, Rishi will next be seen in 102 Not Out with Amitabh Bachchan.