EXCLUSIVE: Arjun Kapoor on the perception of him being rude: People feel industry ka ladka hai toh is tarah behave karta hai
Arjun Kapoor‘s sense of humour and sarcasm is unmatchable. Whoever knows the actor remotely will tell you how well behaved and polite he is with everyone around, but he has always battled the perception of being aggressive and passive. In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble, the Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar actor opened up about the several misconceptions around him. Arjun also reasoned how being a reticent person and doing action films made people think of him being aggressive and snobbish.
Arjun Kapoor has battled the perception of being aggressive and passive for a longtime. The actor shared how he is working extra harder to change that perception because at the end of the day its a perception business when it comes to off camera. “There are two things to that. I had that image or people had this perception about me. I think I have been able to convert people. See if you meet me once I might not be your cup of tea. But if you meet me a couple of times, you will also realize the kind of person I am and I will find the person you are. You find a way of engaging. I have a very sarcastic take on things. I can be dead pan and deliver a joke which people sometimes take seriously. And after a couple of years I have realized that, ‘Oh okay, my sarcasm is not working’. Because people take my deadpan expression for anger. And I have droopy eyes, so even when I just staring at someone it apparently looks like I am angry. But then I realized if I laugh a little or smile a little, it eases people in. And may be I have to work that extra bit harder because its a perception business when it comes to off camera. And not in a bad way, I just feel you have to ease people,” said the actor.
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Recalling how things have changed over the years, Arjun said, “There are people who are vulnerable when they come around you, they don’t want to make any mistake. And they feel, ‘Arre mood already kharab hai. And he is behaving so distant. So how do you engage?’. With the media, I feel I will have to work a little harder. I feel I am at a better place today, because I learned how to connect with them. I have never heard that from my fans, or when I have travelled across the world and met people. A lot of people say, ‘Why do you take so many selfies(with fans)?’ I feel every selfie taken is a ticket sold. Its a philosophy I have followed. Now in COVID times, it has become difficult and I hope people respect that. But for my fans, I will always go out of my way.”
Revealing how the perception of him being aggressive was formed, Arjun shared, “Gunday ke time tak I opened up. Actually what happened, when I promoted Ishaqzaade and Aurangzeb, I wasn’t aware of what I am supposed to be like. I was in my own world. To be fair, when you are not the warmest person to meet, others feel think you are rude, industry ka ladka hai toh is tarah behave karta hai. But I am not like that. That perception about me that I am aggressive was formed because I did some action films. But in reality I am not at all like that.”