We are not competitive, we’re lazy: Abhishek Kapoor

07 Apr,2013

Abhishek Kapoor

By A Correspondent


Speaking on the theme of “Do what your heart says” at Goafest 2013, Bollywood director Abhishek Kapoor, who received a rousing welcome with whistles and cheers from the audience, shared how his early years had been a time of struggle and a lot of self-doubt. Still, he said, he had persevered because he believed in what he wanted to do. It is all the more difficult to carry on when everyone around you is casting doubts on your goal, he remarked.


He said he grew up surrounded by films but didn’t really want to become an actor. He considered different careers including a dotcom business, but it took 4-5 years and a slump to make him start writing.


After his ground-breaking Rock On, it took four years to make Kai Po Che, he said. “It is difficult to do something you believe in. it was a difficult film to make, but when it came out it was immensely satisfying.” He said it was the many failures and setbacks he had encountered which had driven and sharpened him to do better work. “Success is all very well but it is the failures which are important in my life,” he remarked.


Mr Kapoor was scathing about the state of the film industry in India. “People are not competing, they are lazy. We are congratulating ourselves on making something but it is not standing out, there is nothing new.”


Compensation played a significant role in this, he said. “We don’t pay writers. But when the film reaches the stars level, that is when payment starts, because the stars are there.”


The audience responded enthusiastically to Mr Kapoor’s talk with questions, in a session moderated by Madhukar Kamath.


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