In the 15 years that you have seen him on screen, Aditya Roy Kapur has gone from being an Afro-haired VJ, to playing supporting, albeit crucial, roles in box office hits, to coming into his own as an A-list star (and hello, washboard abs!). His stint as the main lead—starting with Aashiqui 2 in 2013—has been a somewhat curvy graph, complete with some delightful crests as well as some plateaus (including a two-year hiatus in 2017). But Aditya isn’t losing sleep over the analytics—he’s learnt to maintain equilibrium through both. “I don’t even know what failure is, honestly!” he jokes as he sits down for this interview. “It’s about how you look at everything. They’re all just experiences, and every film I’ve done has taught me so much!”
As we chat, Aditya is on the verge of his third release of 2020, Ludo, and, for someone who normally likes to “fly under the radar”, the elusive 33-year-old is everywhere these days—including his own Instagram account! We bring it up. “I’m happy to post on social media for work, but otherwise I can’t keep up with it,” he laughs. “I just don’t gravitate towards the spotlight...it doesn’t flow naturally for me!”
In times when FOMO can be a grave affliction, Aditya's admission sounds like a refreshing form of rebellion. In the course of the conversation, one can tell why our cover star is the man he is—self-assured and steadfast, no matter what the circumstances. “But, of course, there is anxiety when you take up a new film, like with any job,” smiles Aditya. “That kind of fear or doubt is good, though...it becomes a driving force, pushing you to get into new areas and to explore new territories!” (It must be mentioned here that Ludo opened on Netflix to some rave reviews, with a rating of 7.6 on IMDb, proving to be one of the 2020's most successful films.)
From films, we discuss other subjects and more noteworthy minutiae of Aditya's famous-but-discreet life come tumbling out, as the actor gets candid about work, his not-so-well-documented skills off the camera, why he likes to dress as if it is still 2005, and more...
Cosmo: Congratulations on Ludo. What can we expect from the film?
Aditya Roy Kapur: “The unexpected! [Laughs] I think that’s what people are finding exciting about the trailer as well—it feels like a film without any form or any recognisable trope. I’d say it’s an entertaining film, with a lot of twist and turns, and more.”
C: Tell us a little about your character.
ARK: “I play a man who isn’t very well off, but he is happy. He has many talents, but not too many aspirations. And he's a jack of all trades, master of none, so he is a dubbing artist, dabbles in ventriloquism, does a bit of stand up... He meets this girl who is very different from him—and the film follows their journey together, traversing some interesting situations.”
C: You learnt to be a ventriloquist for the film, and we’ve heard you've gotten really good at it! What are some other skills that Aditya is good at?
ARK: “I think they’re giving me a little too much credit...but yes, ventriloquism was definitely a fun skill to learn and pick up.
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