Arjun Kapoor says, ‘Just because My movies didn’t work, my choices and I were criticised’

Arjun Kapoor opens up about the criticism he received on social media after the success of Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar.


Arjun Kapoor’s performance as Pinky Dahiya in Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar has earned praise. Despite the fact that the picture did not have a longer run at the box office due to the COVID-19 lockdown, it is receiving a lot of attention on Amazon Prime Video. While Arjun is being praised for his performance, his acting career has been fraught with ups and downs. Arjun told about being criticized by people while he celebrated the well-deserved success of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. He stated that his body and personal decisions were being questioned only as result of the failure of his films.

“Because my films didn’t do well, my physicality was being questioned, my personal choices were being questioned, I was being maligned, I became an easy target and I am somebody who has grown up in the industry so I keep my mouth shut and my head down. I don’t give it back the way others do. I’ve always maintained a distance and dignity. It was going in a direction that I could sense that I was being targeted by certain people for fun. Perhaps they don’t realise how much they could have affected me. I’m stronger than that because I have seen hell and come back. But I learnt my lesson and said that I’m going to do this because I believe there is an audience there and I don’t want to get into this trap of believing this silly nonsense in the middle,” Arjun told PeepingMoon.

Surprisingly, Aditya Chopra was the one who recommended Arjun’s name to Dibakar for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. “I had informed Adi sir that I wanted to shoot this sort of film with Dibakar,” Arjun said. After Ishaqzaade, I wanted to make something in that genre. I did in Gunday with Adi sir and YRF. He gave me certain stuff, and while we discussed them, I told him what I wanted to achieve and what I am capable of achieving if I put my heart and soul into it. Dibakar sir would not have known about it because I wasn’t making the kind of film that he might have liked at the time. He’d have no idea how drawn I was to this side of filmmaking, or what I was capable of and willing to do to get to his way to do work.  I’d like to think he was sold on our first meeting because we spent about 6-8 hours together and somewhere along the way, the ice-breaking must have made him realise I’m a Dibakar Banerjee actor rather than a typical mainstream actor. I don’t blame people for believing that, but it’s unfortunate that I have to meet new people all the time to Change  it.People just perceive Boney Kapoor ka ladka hai and does certain kinds of films. My father is the same person who has made Company and I am the same person who has done Aurangzeb and Finding Fanny. There are both ends of the spectrum. My father has done different kinds of films and so have I. Commerce has a way of sticking. Perhaps my directors have been more in the commercial way so Dibakar didn’t know any better. After meeting me, his opinion changed. Adi sir deserves credit for believing in me before Dibakar sir. He believed in me since the day I got my first film.”

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