Anil Kapoor’s first stint on camera? In class 7, without his parents’ knowledge
From humble beginnings, achieving stardom to working in international projects, actor Anil Kapoor’s journey as a performer has been very inspirational. Initially, after doing some minor roles in movies, the actor played his first leading role in Hindi films in ‘Woh Saat Din’ (1983). The actor has been in the film industry for over three decades now, and certainly the journey hasn’t been all easy for him. The actor had made his first Hindi film appearance with director Umesh Mehra’s ‘Hamare Tumhare’ (1979) playing a small role in it.
However, not many would know that way before ‘Hamare Tumhare’, the actor had played the childhood role of veteran actor Shashi Kapoor in film ‘Tu Payal Mein Geet’. Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of the actor where he recalled about his first stint in acting when he was in the 7th standard, the time when he passed his first audition. But, surprisingly the actor didn’t tell his parents about it until he started shooting for the movie. Yes! You read that right.
On Karan Thapar’s show ‘Face to Face’, Anil shared that he never imagined that he would be a star. But, definitely he wanted to be an actor as it was always his dream to be one. And he was in his 7th standard when he got this first opportunity through one of his friends, who knew about his love and passion for performing. The actor said on the show, “I had a friend of mine whose father was a junior artist supplier and then he was looking for out for a kid who would look like Shashi Kapoor and who could play junior Shashi Kapoor and that’s the time I said ‘Okay fine and I told him I said yeah I have spoken to my mother and father, and they said yes’. I passed the audition and you know and then I didn’t tell my parents, I said let me get into the continuity, let me start shooting then I’ll tell them otherwise then they won’t let me work, let me act in the film, so that’s what I did.” (Also Read: When Anil Kapoor’s acting tips turned into his loss, and Jackie Shroff’s gain)
Further, he shared about the first day of his shooting and revealed how his family came to know about him doing this film.
“And I went to Roop Tara studios, I think that’s where they the first shooting was. I was shooting with Pran saab and I did this one scene and that’s it and I was in the film and in the night when I came back, I was… I had the makeup on, I didn’t remove the makeup because I wanted everyone to know that I had become an actor and I kept that makeup on for three days… two days, sorry. And overnight then didn’t take a bath, shower in the morning, and next day I went to school with my makeup, so that in the assembly all my school friends and the whole school could see that here’s someone who’s special. Here’s the one who has makeup on, and he’s an actor so he’s special comparatively.”
Quite an interesting incident, we must say!
Sadly, Anil’s debut film (as a child artist) ‘Tu Payal Mein Geet’ did not get a theatrical release, as it was shelved. But, the passion for acting in him never stopped and the rest as they say is history.
Source for the insat image (feature image): BOLLYWOOD FAMILY
Check out the full interview of Anil Kapoor below: