Anil Kapoor reveals why he initially rejected '1942: a love story'

'1942: A Love Story' is undoubtedly one of the best films of Anil Kapoor The race of. Vidhu Vinod Chopra The 1994 release is still remembered for the unforgettable romantic songs that RD Burman composed for the film.

However, not many know that Anil Kapoor had initially refused to do the film.

During an interaction with IANS, Anil revealed why he had reservations about signing Chopra's ambitious project to begin with. '1942: A Love Story' was the only love story I made. I felt very uncomfortable. Initially, I refused to make the movie. I told them clearly that I could not play that role, he recalled. .

He added: I even suggested Aamir Khan and Bobby Deol for the role. I asked them, from what angle do I look romantic? He was already the father of three children at that time. But they convinced me. Today I feel good having done it. I worked very hard, lost weight, cut my hair, cut my mustache and worked on my costume to create the character. It was one of my most romantic movies ever made. He had beautiful songs like 'Ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa lagaa', 'Kuch na kaho' and 'Rim jhim', which people remember to date. Now, when I watch the movie, I can't imagine anyone else doing that role.

The 62-year-old actor who has spent more than four decades in the film industry recalled how he has seen things change over time and how he has adapted to the changes.

Today I can connect with people. There was a time when I tried to keep up. I adapted to the type of movies that were happening and to the filmmakers. There was a patch when the films were made for the Indian diaspora. - movies with songs, family and a wedding, filmed in the United States and London. (It was) The world that began with Sooraj (Barjatya), then Adi, then Karan (Johar). I was a misfit in that world. I made films like 'Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai' (2000) and 'Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain' (1999) and they were successful. Before that, I made strong and macho characters in films like 'Ram Lakhan' (1989)), 'Rakhwala' (1989) and 'Kishen Kanhaiya' (1990). Then, suddenly, when soft movies started happening, I thought, how do I fit into them? '1942: A love story' was the only love story I did, he recalled.

Speaking of his recent and future films, the actor added: I feel I can relate to the type of movies that are being made now, such as 'Dil Dhadakne Do', in which I worked with Zoya (Akhtar). I am making my first historical film with Karan (Johar), called 'Takht'. I hadn't made a movie like this before and I think it will be fun.

Anil's next release is the 'Pagalpanti' slapstick, directed by Anees Bazme, with whom he has worked in the past on 'No Entry', 'Welcome', 'No Problem', 'Welcome Back' and 'Mubarakan'.

I've lost count, really, on the amount of collaborations I've had, with Anees as a writer and as a director. The first time he said cut and action was during the filming of a movie he wasn't directing, but he came as a guest director. After that we have worked quite a lot together. Hopefully, there will be many more collaborations together, Anil said.

The actor says that comedy as a genre is quite difficult. Working in a comedy may seem fun, but it isn't. Between shots there were times when we had a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of effort to make people laugh. It is a very demanding and serious job. It is very important to have the right time. In fact, other genres give you more time to have fun while filming. You must concentrate and think long before shooting. If you cannot concentrate, then you will not get its correct synchronization. There are times when we feel we have made a scene correctly, but the public cannot connect with it. Your hard work is in vain if the timing is not correct. Coordination and understanding between the actors is very important. It's like a yugalbandi, he said.

'Pagalpanti' also features John Abraham, Ileana D'Cruz , Arshad Warsi Pulkit Samrat Kriti Kharbanda Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla . The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 22.