Anil Kapoor: Neetu Kapoor and I shared memories of Rishi Kapoor on the sets of ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ | Hindi Movie News

‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ is a packaged family drama which refuses to be all goody-goody. It rather shatters the lover-dovey norms to delve into realistic post-shaadi shenanigans. Anil Kapoor as the honest and happy Bheem Saini has managed to strike a chord with the audience. And his camaraderie with Neetu Kapoor, who makes a comeback with ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’, is being hailed by fans. Celebrating the film’s success, Anil Kapoor shared some candid notes from the sets of ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’. Excerpts:

Your performance is being loved in ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’, you’ve made a habit of giving the young lot of actors a tough time. How does that feel?

This is an ensemble film and everybody has contributed to the film from the producer to the director to Varun, Kiara, Neetu ji, Manish and I am happy to be a part of the ensemble. I am glad that everybody is giving me so much love. It encourages me and inspires me to work harder.

One memory that you took home from the shoot of ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’?

You know what’s special about ‘Jugjugg Jeeyo’ is that we all worked as a family, which was wonderful and maybe that’s why the film has found so much love. So when everybody works as a team, there will always be a lot of love. I remember we once celebrated Diwali together, we performed the Laxmi Pooja together, immediately after that we celebrated my birthday. So many birthdays were celebrated during the making of the film, so it was special. And obviously I was working with so many of them for the first time, like working with Varun was a pleasure. You know, I’ve worked with many leading men, but with him, I found someone so dedicated and hardworking. Kiara, in spite of back to back successes, has got her feet on the ground. To work opposite Neetu in her comeback film, was wonderful.

Your jodi with Neetu Kapoor is being showered with love by fans, how was the camaraderie off screen?

There were a lot of memories which Neetu and I discussed. We’ve known each other for more than 40 years. There was a time when Rima (Kapoor), Neetu and I would perform a scene from ‘Silsila’ where Rima would become Rekha, I would play Amitabh and Neetu would play Jaya. We recalled doing these scenes when we were young. And then ofcourse, I shared my anecdotes with Chintu, which Neetu didn’t know. He used to make me act whenever we met. He would be like, ‘Chal acting karke dikha’. He was the hero of my dad’s film when I was in production. He would pull my leg and say, “Main set pe nahi aaunga jab tak tu acting karke nahi batayega”. So I used to act in front of him, he would try his makeup on my face. I would ask him, “You’re going to use this makeup, why are you trying it on my face?” But I was a young, enthusiastic, dreaming of becoming an actor, so I would do exactly what he would tell me to do.

Your director Raj Mehta had revealed that you rehearse thoroughly for every scene every dialogue. Is that discipline the main reason for your long and successful innings?

To be honest, when I started my career, I used to do exactly the same thing. In between, during a certain phase, I started doing a lot of films together, and there were so many priorities, but now I’ve gotten back to the same kind of discipline. Earlier, I would work on every character and I still brainstorm, rehearse, do workshops. When I’m on the set, I want to be prepared. And everything has become so expensive now, the stakes are too high. So even though I’m working much harder than what I used to because things are very expensive and the producers are putting in so much money, I feel I should give my best. For the sake of the film, for the sake of the producer, I give it my best. I don’t just give suggestions for my character, but I give it for the totality of the film.

Of course it comes with experience. You see many people take the advice, many people reject it. I just say it beforehand, I don’t do anything on the set. It is before I start the film, I tell them whatever I have to and then I leave it to them. Because at this stage of my career, I am not the typical leading man to call the shots. I have to be very sensitive to the whole situation.

How important are box office numbers for you?

I’m not into it now. I was into it earlier but now I leave it to the producers, filmmakers and directors. I just do my best and deliver whatever I promised. Whatever I bring to the table, I try my best to give them much more than what they really expected me from. So I think that’s been my thing for the last 15 years, or earlier also, but now more. Jitna unko chahiye, main koshish karta hoon uss se zyada de sakun so that the producers, directors, actors are happy to work with me.

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