We have seen the reign of superstars in Bollywood from the time of Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan to Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. The fandom that these stars enjoy is unlike anything ever seen in B-Town. We also have a younger generation of stars today but there is one actor who hates being called a star and that is Arjun Kapoor.
In an exclusive chat with Box Office India, the India’s Most Wanted actor was asked about him and his contemporaries being termed as ‘stars’. To that he said, “I don’t like it. You need to spend 15-20 years surviving in the industry before you can call yourself a ‘star’. I don’t think anything can diminish your stardom other than yourself. If people like you in any format, you will be a bigger star and you will get more fans. There are so many people who do not watch films in theatres. They watch films on digital platforms. So many elderly people do not go to theatres. I know for a fact that many people do not like going to theatres because of traffic and their kids or maybe because they do not have cars. After coming back home from work at 8 o’clock, they do not feel like going out again. Many do not want to play Rs 300 for parking. I do not like doing that, it feels like a waste to me. Then there are the exorbitantly high ticket and food prices.”
He continued on the same subject, “I would rather watch something sitting at home. I understand their psyche because I too am a member of the audience. I believe my film has to be great to pull people to theatres. People like watching things on digital platforms because it is stress-free. If I can appeal to a newer generation of the audience, who does not want to be stressed about going to theatres, then that is great. If you cannot come to me, I will come to you. But the content has to hold their attention. If I want to do a rom-com on digital, then that is going to be free. If I am doing the same kind of stuff there that I do in films, then what is the point?”
It seems refreshing to have a new take on this subject of stardom and Arjun clearly prefers to take the modesty route.