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Anil Kapoor returns to the big screen after a long break with "Musafir"



Anil Kapoor... a happy musafir in the journey of life — Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

WHEN ANIL Kapoor is the musafir, life is a journey, not a destination. The only constant thing to this journeyman's film career is change, and as he says, he has really "lived it up, bottom to top." Perhaps, the new look that he dons for his forthcoming release Musafir is again to keep apace with changing needs.

"I am surprised by the positive response I have received so far with this look-experimentation. It is really unexpected," he says. Musafir comes after a "long break" which as he says, is his mantra to sustain a lasting interest in his work. "I will never suck my ganna (sugarcane) in its entirety. I'd leave some juice so that I may come back to it later. I never like to do anything so much that it becomes enough." Perhaps, that is what made acting in Musafir refreshingly enjoyable for him. "I have worked with this crew and cast for the first time, including Sameera Reddy and Sanjay Gupta (director). I am totally satisfied with the director's efforts as much as with my own performance. I think after a long time, a complete commercial entertainer is offered to Indian audiences which makes me sure that masses would lap this one up," he comments.

A movie with dark humour and darker overtones, Anil is both assuming and hoping that it would (and could) click in urban centres as much as it would touch base with the frontbenchers. "It's about raw, crude emotions...animalistic sexuality... something someone on the street would identify with ease." Well, that explains some of his intensely passionate scenes with Sameera!

"It is not that I have not done similar scenes in the past. Only it is noticed more because I am doing it after a long gap," he tries to give a reason.

Screening scripts

Of late, Anil has been consciously screening scripts and picking only on choicest of roles like the character "G. G. Philips" which he is to play in Ram Gopal Varma's Galti Se. "Easily, it is one of my top five performances ever," says the thrilled actor in him.

According to Anil, cashing on the sleaze boom by Musafir Item Bomb Contest is not really unscrupulous but a marketing strategy. "These are frills to catch the attention of the audiences. People do not have time to concentrate on story lines anymore. It is only the packaging they get attracted to," he says.

In the new bandwagon of directors, Anil gives kudos to Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar. "They are like Prakash Mehra and Manmohan Desai of this generation. But in the lines of Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor, only Sanjay Leela Bhansali works," comes his observation.

Like a true survivor, Anil bounces back every now and then in a new avatar. Adapting to external demands, like this time.

"God has been very kind to me. I have been really lucky! Also, I am still employed!", time to give the One his due.

ATIKA RAO

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