For someone like me who has been crushing on Aditya Roy Kapur ever since he made his debut with London Dreams in 2009, it was nothing less than a surreal experience to finally have a hearty conversation with him. As it was destined, I finally got a chance to speak to Aditya because Mohit Suriâs Malang happened.
We have seen Aditya in movies like Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ok Jaanu and everyone thought he was just cut out for romantic movies and he was, in fact, getting stereotyped as a romantic hero.
But with Malang, we saw the birth of a very different Aditya - no more restrain or restricted to just having alcohol in the frames as this time, the Aditya we saw on screen was a merciless murderer and the one who can fit the part as an action hero. For me, Malang was all about Adityaâs 2.0 version.
When we started interacting, the very first thing I asked was about his transition from being lovelorn to this guy who commits cold-blooded murders in high-octane action sequences.
He laughed and said, âThe transition, for me, was surely a new territory. I have been a part of this movie from the beginning when it was at the writing stage. Mohit and I have been in touch since its inception. Goa was a nice place for the film to be set at and I have spent my teenage years there. The younger portion of the movie resonated with my own experiences. The tricky part for me was actually to differentiate between who I really am and who the younger character in the movie is. I am playing someone who is similar to me but is still not me.â
âThe challenging part was to shift from the younger portions to straightway killing people. The physical part was indeed one aspect as Mohit wanted to make it very apparent that I look five years apart from the younger portions in the movie and the mental state has changed completely," he adds. Shedding more light on the transformation, he says, "Yes, it was physically challenging as we had less time but also mental makeup had to change too. It was tough but at the same time, it was enjoyable to experience this shift. The action was something that I have never tried and to create a hero who's like this was, in fact, worth the shot. Despite all the challenges at a few fronts in the movie, it was a thrilling experience.â
âI am definitely happy in a genre that I have wanted to do as I have grown up watching action movies," says Kapur. It can be quite risky for any actor who has been stereotyped earlier to break all the set notions about him. On this he said, "I think it's satisfying for me that people have accepted me in that whole action hero space because I had done only romantic movies and nothing remotely close to this genre."
Malang indeed set Aditya apart and people have accepted him in this action space. "I think sometimes you need to show people a different side of you before they start seeing you a certain way. I can't blame people for seeing me as a guy who's cut out for romantic movies. It does feel good to finally try something different and I would love to do more of it,â he adds.View this post on InstagramMALANGA post shared by (@adityaroykapur)
If you have seen Malang, you would know that Aditya sports two looks in the movie. âIt was definitely a task. I think getting leaner was hard. I have done it before as well so I had an idea. I had to cut down on my calories and keep it low. As we had long shooting hours, the challenge for me to have this much energy to get through the day," he says.
And while in one of them he has a very lean frame, in the other he has really bulked up. Speaking on the same, he said, "I was maintaining a low-carb diet and then, I had to start building muscles which I have never done as I have never got bulky before. I had to be on a protein diet and lift a lot of weights. I wasn't getting enough sleep because we were shooting 12 to 14 hours a day. Well, there was no two ways about it as the film required me to have this body."
It might look easy, but itâs not actually the case when you have to achieve both the looks in such a short time. "I told myself that I am in some sort of boot camp for three to four months. Going to the gym and then to sets, Malang became like more of a lifestyle but that made me more and more close to the character. I had no life except for Malang and that's why it became such an intense experience,â shared Aditya.View this post on InstagramMy crazy Malang journey as Advait! #MalangInCinemas @anilskapoor @dishapatani @khemster2 @mohitsuri #LuvRanjan @gargankur82 @bhushankumar @jayshewakramani @luv_films @tseries.official @tseriesfilms @malangfilmA post shared by (@adityaroykapur)
When he told me about his hectic schedule, I was all praises for him and thatâs when he said, âFor me, it becomes more of an escape because it takes you from the mundane things of everyday life. I love being on sets.â
I have closely followed Adityaâs journey. He has seen highs and lows, hits and flops and received both appreciation and brickbats for his performances. After a few movies, there was a dull patch for him and I asked him if he thinks Malang is a breakthrough movie as it opened new doors for him as an actor.View this post on InstagramYeh #Malang ka khel aur bhi khatarnak hoga, in cinemas 7th Feb.. #Malang #7FebWithMalang #6DaysForMalang @anilskapoor @dishapatani @khemster2 @mohitsuri #LuvRanjan @gargankur82 @bhushankumar @jayshewakramani @luv_films @tseries.official @tseriesfilms @malangfilmA post shared by (@adityaroykapur)
âI think it's a breakthrough in terms of me being accepted in this genre. It's something very heartening for me to see that people have loved my 'acting' avatar. It has opened new horizons and doors for me. It has definitely widened the scope for me as an actor,â Aditya agreed.
Malang was definitely a physically challenging project but somewhere, it felt it was emotionally exhausting too. I, then, asked him if thereâs was a moment when he had a breakdown and was at a place where he ever wanted to completely give up.
âI never got to the level that I wanted to give up completely. Every character has justifications as to why he is doing what he is doing. It can be emotionally and physically draining but it's fun because you get to do something that you won't ever do in your real life,â he said
I have been curious to know what an actor thinks before he gives his nod to a project. âI think first and foremost, it's about liking the story and if it resonates with you. I feel just to like the role isn't enough as people need to like the movie as a whole," highlights Aditya. "Secondly, it's about the kind of role I am getting to play. It's definitely first the story and then the character,â he went on to add.
He started out as a VJ for Channel V and eventually made his debut as an actor. And to see him live his dream and carry it forward gives me immense joy too. Before we both ended our conversation, I wanted him to reflect on his journey.
âI don't tend to look back too often but it has been quite a ride from who grew up never wanting to be an actor to being a VJ. I actually started loving my job as a VJ, then getting into acting and now even trying action, it somehow feels like it was destined. It's like I haven't chosen this path but it has chosen me in a funny way. Things have come my way and I happened to stumble across one and then on to others. After my first two or three movies, I realized that acting is something I really enjoyed doing and ever since then, I haven't planned or crafted out a career or a strong game plan. This is something I love doing and it wasn't the case when I was starting it. It's the journey of realizing my calling while being a part of it. Now, I am sure I want this and I want to keep experimenting as an actor,â Aditya shared.