We at YourStory caught up with actor Tusshar Kapoor recently in Vadodara and spoke to him about his Bollywood journey so far and also, his future plans. We opened the chat with the one question that always springs up when it comes to the children of film stars. We asked him whether he had it easy as the offspring of Jeetendra, one of the biggest stars that the Hindi film industry had ever seen.
“Well, if you are the son of a big star, you may get a big opening for your first film because your father is famous. But after that, you have to struggle like any other newcomer. You must have talent and you have to put in hard work to shine,” said Tusshar. He said that he had to struggle like every other person to get ahead in the race and he moved forward every time he took risks and tried different kinds of roles.
“Though I am Jeetendra’s son, I was never treated like a star son at home, right from my childhood. I grew up in a very normal atmosphere and there was a lot of emphasis on discipline. I was allowed to go to watch films only on weekends. After returning from school, I would immediately head out to play cricket with the kids in my locality. My mother wanted to keep me away from the world of films as much as possible and so I hardly visited film sets or studios. As a child, I used to love Amitabh Bachchan’s movies!,” said the young actor who shot to fame with the blockbuster hit, Golmaal and its sequels.
“I was very happy with my debut in Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai because my work was widely appreciated. After that, I did a few comedies and succeeded in making people laugh. And that feels really great. When I was offered Golmaal first in 2005, I had my doubts because it was a role in which I didn’t have any dialogues. But I had great faith in Neeraj Vora, the writer of Golmaal, who has written some fabulous scripts for Gujarati plays as well. And I am really thankful to theatre actor Vikas Kadam, who trained me wonderfully well for my mute act. A lot of hard work went into it because playing the role wasn’t just about learning sign language. You have to be very careful that it does not become a mockery of people with disabilities. I am delighted that people liked me so much in all the films of the Golmaal series and I hope the makers keep making more sequels!”
Tusshar expressed his desire to do wide variety of roles. He said that that reinventing himself continuously was the only way to not get bored. “I would love to do more challenging roles. For instance, doing a children’s film would be fun because kids love me a lot.” added Tusshar.
“My next release, Shorr is a black comedy and takes a very realistic look at the stress and the complex emotions that people undergo in Mumbai. I am also doing Love U…Mr.Kalakaar, which has Amrita Rao as the leading lady. That’s a very conventional romantic film. So, life is looking pretty good at the moment,” said Tusshar.
We at YourStory wish Tusshar all the very best for his forthcoming films.
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