Salman more than a mentor: Arjun

Looks like debutante Arjun Kapoor believes in humility despite coming from a film family.  Coming up with his first film Ishaqzaade, the son of filmmaker Boney Kapoor gives credit to Salman Khan for his acting journey and his sculpted body.

‘Salman is a brother to me. I look at him in a very emotional way at both the professional and personal levels. Salman bhai is above and beyond a mentor for me,’ Arjun said.

‘Normally I don’t talk about how I feel about Salman bhai because it gets misconstrued... I love him and I feel I can make him proud. I can’t thank him enough for keeping faith in me,’ he added.

Arjun is the son of Boney Kapoor and his first wife, late Mona Kapoor. Getting a project was not an uphill task for Arjun, but losing weight was a big struggle.

‘I was very lucky that I didn’t have to struggle much. But I never wanted to be an actor. I wanted to direct; so I was very happy as an assistant director. Then I met Salman bhai who made me pursue acting,’ the 26-year-old said.

‘I was 140 kg. He said I have the potential. When somebody like him shows faith in you, you take it seriously. I took up this challenge... I was fortunate that he trained me. I travelled with him, worked out with him, lived with him, and ate what he told me to eat. He took me under his wings and it took me four years to lose weight,’ he added.

Times have changed, says Arjun and adds gone are the days when ‘fathers used to launch their sons. Now it’s the time to make good films.’

‘I was happy that I got a good director. This is the most irregular launch that anybody had because a newcomer has never played this kind of a character. It’s not safe at all,’ he said. 
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