Harshvardhan Kapoor, who is all set for his debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya, is unlike anyone in his family, says his father Anil Kapoor.
“I can’t really figure out my son,” says Anil. “He’s neither like my wife Sunita, nor like me. Harsh is his own person, and he moves to his own will. I don’t advise him, he advises me.”
Both father and son have a whole different attitude towards their careers. “He surrenders completely and unconditionally to the character he takes on,” explains the 24 actor. “When he was doing Mirzya, he could think of nothing else, and now the same with Bhavesh Joshi. Luckily, he’s had brilliant directors in both Rakeysh and Vikramaditya Motwane to guide him.” Anil was more a multitasker, he laughs. “I did several things at the same time. I still multitask. My son says, ‘ab bass karo, Dad.’ He wants me to slow down, take it easy; but I find it important to keep working constantly. He doesn’t.”
Anil feels that both Sonam and Harsh have had to work a lot harder to prove themselves. “They’ve had to prove themselves much more effective than aspirants from outside the industry. I feel actors from within the industry are judged much more harshly. Sonam made a dream debut in Saawariya, but she’s been recognised as a skilled actress now in Neerja. I hope Harsh gets quicker acceptance; even if he doesn’t, he’s in no hurry. Harsh is a student of cinema, constantly learning and exploring.”