Anil Kapoor: I compensated for the lack of good personality with hard work

Actor Anil Kapoor He says he realized at the beginning of his career that appearances will never be the criteria for his casting in films, like his contemporaries, and therefore decided to work hard in his trade. Kapoor, which began in the 80s, says that today people talk about their appearance and fitness, but in the past, that was not the case.

In the initial phase of my career, people used to tell me 'You don't have to work so much'. But I enjoyed it, so I didn't care what people used to say. Somewhere I used to think, God has not given me a great personality, body or face. So maybe I will get work purely in my hard work Kapoor said in an interview.

I was never delusional, I knew where I was standing. I felt that I should work harder and worked harder than other actors because God had given them a better personality, presence, so somewhere I feel I compensated that with hard work. add.

Kapoor's career is marked with the actor changing gears with the times. While in the 80s he gave hits like 'Tezaab' and 'Mr. India ', the 90s presented him in the blockbusters' Beta', 'Judai', '1942: A Love Story', 'Virasat' and 'Taal'.

In the 2000s, he made versatile decisions in 'Nayak', 'Welcome', 'Carrera', 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Dil Dhadakne Do' among others.

Kapoor says that to have a longevity in the industry, it all comes down to options.

The choices you make keep you relevant. Your instinct that makes you choose. The people you work with, the collaboration that happens. Of course, the love for my trade has kept me going too. The passion to sink my teeth in different characters, my desire to do something new.

At each stage I continued to meet people who motivated me, opened new doors. All that has helped keep me relevant, he adds.

The 63-year-old actor says that even after 40 years in Bollywood, he feels fortunate to have the same competitive spirit he had as a newcomer.

When I started, it was like any newcomer. Hungry, angry, looking for an opportunity. I'm still hungry for a good job. I am very fortunate that the directors are releasing scripts that are so original that they make you tense and I wonder 'how can I achieve this?'

Because there are young people and I don't want to be left behind in my passion, in my work, appearance or fitness. I still have that competitive spirit.

In his next one, 'Malang', Kapoor appears next to Aditya Roy Kapur , Disha Patani & Kunal Kemmu .

The thriller directed by Mohit Suri presents him as a policeman, seven years after Shootout At Wadala.

"It's a good enough gap to play a cop otherwise people will say it's repetitive. I took it up because it was a fascinating role. But it isn't that I walk into a set & I know every beat of how to perform. That comes when you prep at home & sometimes when you're on set, you realise it isn't working.

"So the director tells you, the writer guides you & even your co-actors. Some roles are such which require you to completely understand the tone, the nuances & come prepared on sets, like '24', or most scenes in 'Malang'. A lot of discussion went into it," he adds.

The launch of 'Malang' is scheduled for February 7.