In a scene from Raazi with Alia Bhatt, his onscreen daughter (BCCL)
But the Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda actor feels the city needs far more entertainment just like other metro cities. He says, “Lucknow is a very big city and I think it is starved of entertainment. When you see other metros, Lucknow is no less than a metro in terms of size and population, so it needs far more entertainment than what is actually available in the city. We come here for literature festival or theatre festival but the people here need far more entertainment be it poetry, music, theatre or dance.”
Being active in the theatre as well as films, quiz him how difficult or easy it is for him to manage time for both and he is quick to respond, “It’s time management only if I have to do a film or have to do theatre, then I have to take out time, as simple as that!” he says.
Rajit Kapur (BCCL/ Vishnu Jaiswal)
Known best for playing detective Byomkesh Bakshi in the TV show of the same name in the ‘90s, Rajit feels that OTT platform is providing a very good and diversified content today. “Times have changed since Byomkesh Bakshi and today you have far more good content available than earlier, so you don’t have to just stick daily soaps.”
Talking about Bollywood, Rajit, who played Alia Bhatt’s onscreen father in Raazi, says the film was detailed and well-structured by Meghna Gulzar. Recalling what made him say yes to the film, the Making of the Mahatma actor shares, “The script! And when you have such a capable director who also wrote several parts herself, the result is there to see. Jis bareeki se usey piroya gaya tha wahi uski khoobhi thi, jis dil se use likha gaya tha aur seecha gaya uss wajah se it will always remain one of the most beautiful films that I have been a part of!”
More than two years of Raazi, ash him one memory that still holds fresh of the film and he shares with a smile, “Acting in Kashmir! That place is called heaven on earth and aise hi usi koi nahi kehta. Jo mahaul hai wahan ka woh wahin jakar hi aap mehsus kar sakte hain. So, if you want to understand Kashmir, you have to go there, such things cannot be expressed but only felt. I cannot forget the experience of working in Raazi.”
Kapur, who will be performing today evening in an event being organized by Pooja Chadha and Rajika Mittra feels that due to the pandemic, art today needs support as it is going through a crisis phase. “It has been tough for artists to survive with no shows, no sponsorships, and no help in this pandemic. And thankfully there are few people like Pooja and Rajika, who are coming with the initiative to support art. So, I request everyone to please support art and artists.”