Star kids have to struggle more: Anil Kapoor
Kapoor, who has three children, of whom Sonam is into acting and Rhea having turned a producer while son is still studying, said, "It is a different kind of struggle that they have to do. Our struggle was different. Their struggle is that the expectations from them are more. People expect more from them as they are celebrity kids. I feel their struggle is more than us".
Anil Kapoor`s daughter Sonam made her acting debut in 2007 with Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s `Saawariya` opposite Ranbir Kapoor that bombed at the box office. She subsequently featured in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra`s `Delhi 6` (2009) opposite Abhishek Bachchan, which again was a box office failure. Her next release, Karan Johar`s home production, `I Hate Luv Storys` (2010), was her first commercial success. Later again, four of her films, Aisha (2010), Thank You (2011), `Mausam` (2011) and `Players` (2012) did not have a good run at the box office.
"I feel Sonam has had a fantastic journey. She did lot of hard work. It is a different kind of struggle that they have to do. Even if they do something good, people still expect more from them. There is certain expectation from her as she is a kid of a celebrity," he said while interacting with media here.
Though Sonam`s journey in Bollywood may not be that happening, she is always talked about, especially about her fashion sense. "When she did `Sawariya` and `Delhi 6` people started saying she should wear fashionable clothes, she is doing Behenji type of roles. She does not have that thing. So when she did `Aisha` they were like… do that kind (de-glamorized type) of a film. She has proved herself, from `Sawariya` till now," Kapoor said.
"She has done de-glamorised roles in films like `Mausam`, and others but people forget that and talk about her fashion. So this (fashion) is also an art, you don`t have to look down upon it. It is a big business and there is more money in it than films," he said.
"It is an art. The way she chooses colours or pattern, there is a certain art in that, she has that sense inherently and that either you have it or not have it. She is blessed with that talent, where she has great aesthetic sense, her grace, her beauty, the kind of way she presents herself," Kapoor, the proud father, said.
"Internationally also, when I go there, director and producer see her, they are shocked and they find her like an international personality. She has an aura about her, when she walks in. She inherited it from her mother," he said.
Anil Kapoor`s other daughter, Rhea, turned producer with `Aisha` (2010) which was not a box office hit. Rhea is all set for her next production venture `Herogiri` based on a book written by author Mainik Dhar. The book `Herogiri` revolves around an ordinary man, possessing extraordinary powers. The 25-year-old producer who has bought the rights of the book, would turn it into a full-fledged screenplay and would announce the cast soon.
Recollecting his own struggle, Kapoor said, "I have worked very hard to get into films. I used to roam with my pictures from one office to other. In the film `Shakti` (1982) no one noticed my role. Then I did Telugu and Kannada films. I did `Prerna` that was stopped in between. So to reach where I am today, I did face hardships and went through lots of ups and downs. I use to travel in bus and train to learn acting."
"People love underdogs. Like when I came in films, people started saying Amitabh Bachchan ki chuti kardega, it does not happen like this. I was underdog, so people tried to put me up there but I was sensible enough to not get carried away," he said.