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Qayamat is here... Darna Mana Hai

A decade in Bollywood and Sanjay Kapoor is still known as Boney and Anil Kapoor's kid brother. The man may have tasted as little success as his brothers have met with failure. No dampener this. He is still on a high, as S.M. YASIR dis covers in the course of a chat in New Delhi this past week... .


SUCCESS IS failure turned inside out. The drums of failure are forever beating aloud suppressing the knock of success. Sanjay Kapoor knows this only too well. Sitting at New Delhi's Devils, he strikes a calm pose. Tired with the travails of his tour, maybe even from the burden of often elusive success, he still manages to present an indefatigable spirit. Little wonder he believes that failures should be taken just like success - they just come and go. Nothing is permanent.

"I was born in Chembur," he informs. Ask him about his school days and he mentions his school `Our Lady of Perpetual High School'. Unusual name as it is, one asks him to spell the name of the school and finds the humour that many of his co-stars believe is his trademark. He goes on to spell even the word school, believing that he might be tested on this. "My days at school were just normal. We had to walk to our school and reach there at 7-30. We had to pay four aanas if we were late but that wasn't enough to stop me from being late. Anil also went to the same school but no one drew comparisons between the two of us because of the age gap - it's seven years. In any case Anil wasn't into movies till then," he recalls.

But hunger pangs need as much attention as the grey cells, one realises as he settles for tea and biscuits. "School was followed by a commerce degree at the Lala Lajpat Rai College. By that time Anil was into films and so was Boney. But Anil was still not established and Boney was not into acting, so it was college as normal for me. It would have been another case had I gone to college now!"

"I always wanted to be an actor and started my career in 1993 with the shooting of `Prem'. `Kartavya' and `Raja' followed. Even though `Raja' emerged as the biggest hit of my life, `Kartavya' will always remain close to my heart. It was started with the late Divya Bharti. She was such a sweet girl and it was one of the lows of my career to lose her." Years followed before he was able to taste success again in the form of "Sirf Tum" and Sanjay shifted focus to multi-starrers. "It was not a conscious effort.<243> I took them because I liked the roles. I had a better role than Salman in `Auzaar'," clarifies Sanjay who also shared the screen with Akshaye Khanna in "Mohabbat". In the new millennium Sanjay had new resolutions. Gone were the looks of the soft, lovable hero and in came the mean character attempting to redefine evil. "The times are changing. Now we have even heroes playing the villain. Shah Rukh Khan did it and so did Akshaye Kumar. I guess I had to shake the audiences. I got a chance to do just that with `Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe' and I went for it. It was the boldest step I have taken," he says.

The actor is again into the business of terror in his "Qayamat", released at cinema halls across New Delhi this past week. It sees him as an arms dealer posing a threat to Mumbai along with his friend Arbaaz and love interest in the film, Isha Koppikar.

"It's only my second film in a negative role yet people somehow believe that I am focusing towards negative roles. It's just that it gives me something new," states the actor whose brother Anil Kapoor hasn't still gone for the shades of grey. "Anil advises me whenever I need but I guess I am old enough to take my own decisions. Still I can't escape being his brother. People compare me with him. It is unfair but I guess comparisons and rumours are a part of this business."

All said and seen, he is all geared up for his upcoming films, including "LOC" where he plays the role of a Major and "Anjaane" along with Manisha Koirala.

Also in the waiting is "Darna Mana Hai", which is hitting the silver screen this Friday.

Whether success is his destination or not remains to be seen but he knows one thing for sure: "I believe patience and hard work always pay."

That's one fact for which he gets full marks just as he got full marks for his spellings.

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