Exclusive! Shakti Kapoor: My wife, Shraddha and Siddhanth are taking care of me during this coronavirus pandemic
Having worked on over 700 films in almost all Indian languages, including Nepali and Bangladeshi, Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor is one of the most treasured assets of Bollywood. The actor is currently self-quarantined at home with his family. In an exclusive interview with ETimes, Shakti opened up about how the coronavirus pandemic It has affected his life, how he is making the most of his time and more. Excerpts ...
How has coronavirus pandemic affected your life?
I never imagined in my dream that I would see what I am seeing today, what the world is seeing. It is very scary. But it has given me time to think and understand. I realized that we slept one night and woke up early in the morning and everything was very different. It is said that Paris is no longer very romantic, that New York is no longer alone, and that suddenly the Great Wall of China is no longer a wall.
What precautions are you taking to keep your family safe?
It doesn't just come to me and my family now. It is about the entire universe. I am trying to make people understand how important their life is. This is the time when one must take Mr.'s thoughts and sayings very seriously. Narendra Modi . He could be having sleepless nights and is asking for our help. He is trying to make people understand. Listen to him. I listen to him and follow everything he asks the entire nation to do. And mainly for your family, they are your blood, they are close to you. He is over 60 years old. He has to take care of himself more than the nation. I intend to quit smoking. I'm trying hard. I gave up for a week. But then I gave up and went back to smoking a couple of cigarettes. I don't want to do it anymore. On the contrary, my wife and children are taking care of me. I'm just saying to the world, this is a time when we can fight this epidemic, this moment of terrifying terror, the virus, which can only be seen as attacks.
How do you keep busy since everything is on emergency shutdown What are you doing in this spare time?
My wife is a spiritual person, so she is in her spiritual cradle. He loves to pray, he loves God. It has given me time to listen to it. When she speaks, she is like a Goddess, very pure. So I am learning a lot from my wife. I made about 700 movies and I didn't even realize when my kids grew up and got so big. She has given me time to get to know my children and they to get to know me.
We have divided into three sections in the house. I am very happy that everyone wants to be alone: my wife is in her prayers, Shraddha in reading and exercising, Siddhant is in social service right now. In my section, every morning I turn on the television, wanting to hear that everything is under control now. But nothing like this is happening. I'm not sleeping very well. I am very concerned about what is happening. Sometimes I feel like this is a bad dream. The world has become so scary. Even the strongest human being in this world is afraid of death.
I have been watching a web series and it has taught me about relationships and humanity. In the afternoons, I do some exercise. In fact, I've put on a lot of weight. My wife is a wonderful cook and I never really had time to eat good food during my work days. I've always eaten food in a hurry. Now I am savoring the food. After each meal, I thank the Almighty who has never thanked him for what he has given us before.
What do you miss doing the most during this emergency shutdown ?
I don't miss anything. Rather, I have enough time for myself now. I was 20 years old when I came to this film industry. I never took a vacation. I didn't have time to think about what was bad and what was good. So this has given me time to think. What I miss are the smiles of the people.
What message would you like to give everyone during this time?
We should respect nature. We are not the rulers or the bosses, we are the guests. May everyone become purer and spread love. This is not a war, but it is still a war. I pray to God that this ends and when it does, the world must start from scratch again. We will have a new world.