Arjun Kapoor has often credited Salman Khan for making him realise his potential and the actor reveals that Dabangg star sometimes gets surprised by what he has created.
"I often talk about Salman because he made me realise
what I was capable of. It was something that not even me or my
family recognised. He spent four years training and guiding
me," Arjun told PTI in an interview here.
Salman continues to help Arjun even today and gets
excited by his success.
"Today Salman is the most loved man in the country but he
was not at the best phase of his career when he started
helping me. He still takes a lot of interest in my career. He
sees the trailers of my films and gets excited and sometimes
he is surprised at what he has made out of me," Arjun said.
Starting off as an overweight assistant director, Arjun
would have stayed behind the camera had Salman not intervened
and made him shed more than 50kgs.
The 27-year-old's second film Aurangzeb released today (May 17).
Arjun has already four other big budget projects in his kitty
but he was initially attracted to direction.
"If not an actor, I would have been behind the camera.
Directing a film is still a desire. But I am enjoying acting
now and want to create a space for myself before I look
further," he said.
Taking on a double role in his second film was a
challenge for the actor as both the roles are poles apart.
"The film is set in today's Gurgaon. It is about the
family of land mafia. Police is after him. I play Ajay, the
volatile son. In this picture comes my lookalike Vishal, who
is used by the police. The characters are black and white.
"It was a challenge to pretend to be someone else but I
enjoy playing characters that are out of my comfort zone."
He has portrayed the tough-guy in both the films but
Arjun does not feel that he is getting typecast.
"I am one-film old and I would not typecast myself. Yes,
I had guns in Ishaqzaade too but that was a romantic film
whereas this is a crime-thriller. I think I am being offered
grittier roles more because I have that kind of a body
language. But that won't stop me from experimenting," he said.
Arjun recently revealed his six packs at a photoshoot,
which is for his upcoming film Gunday.
Asked whether there was any competition from his superfit
co-star Prithviraj Sukumaran, Arjun said he did not let the
south actor remove his shirt in Aurangzeb.
"We did not allow Prithvi to remove his shirt in this
film. I told the director that his acting is fine but he
should not remove his shirt because it would confuse people,"
Since the film was shot entirely in Gurgaon, Arjun
enjoyed roaming around unrecognised.
"I had long hair so nobody used to recognise me. I once
went and watched the 10.30 show of Argo."
The actor will next be seen in Gunday, his third film
with Yash Raj Films. He is teaming up with his producer father
Boney Kapoor for the remake of Telugu hit Okkadu besides
working on the movie adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel Two
He is also doing an untitled English film with Cocktail
director Homi Adajania.