Kapoor & Sons: When Rishi Kapoor fought with Shakun Batra daily during the film’s shoot
A unique family drama Kapoor & Sons completes five years today. Starring Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah and late Rishi Kapoor, the film was directed by Shakun Batra. Celebrated for its representation of homosexuality in India, as well as a dysfunctional family, the film acknowledged quite a few first. The film received warm feedback from the audience and critics alike.
In one of his interviews, the late actor Rishi Kapoor, who played the adorable old man of the family, had said that being an old-school not a single day on the sets went without a fight with director Shakun. And that he even offered to quit the film twice. In the film, we saw Rishi in a completely different avatar which was acquired via prosthetics and make-up.
In Kapoor & Sons, Rishi played the role of Amarjeet Kapoor, the roguish grandfather in the family. The ace actor had then surprised his fans with his look of a 90-year-old where he was barely recognisable. Rishi also bagged the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for his work in the film.
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In a 2016 interview with DNA, Rishi had revealed, “I didn’t have fun working for Shakun Batra in Kapoor & Sons. You see I worked for 30-32 days on this film. Not a single day passed when Shakun and I didn’t fight. It was not a creative fight. It was something else. We fought because I couldn’t agree with his method of working on my role. Shakun wanted to cover every shot of mine from many different angles. But I am old-school spontaneous actor. I couldn’t recreate the same expression several times over for every shot. I respect all schools of acting. But I am not a method actor. With every successive shot I lose my spontaneity. This new style of working where actors give the same shot repeatedly from different angles has gained acceptance because in the digital era no raw stock is wasted. Because they’ve the facility of editing a film on a digital platform they want more software. Thereby actors have turned into robots.”
The veteran actor had also mentioned that he offered to leave the film twice. He also shared his unhappiness with Karan Johar the producer of the film. He shared in the interview, “I informed Karan Johar I was leaving. Please understand this was a very difficult role. For 13 hours I had to wear the makeup and emote in contact lenses, etc. I couldn’t do every shot from many angles.”
Meanwhile as the film clocks five years, Alia celebrated the special occasion by sharing sweet memories. She shared a BTS video in which she could be seen having fun with Fawad, Sidharth, and Shakun.
Actor Sidharth Malhotra also treated his fans with some BTS moments as he took to his Instagram story and shared a video montage. He captioned the video as, “From our family to yours, Thank You for giving ‘Kapoor & Sons’ so much love #5YearsOfKapoorAndSons.”