"I have turned 54 and this award makes me wonder if I have really aged. In fact I feel that I have just started", chuckles Boney Kapoor when this writer spoke to him, "It's my birthday and this award has really made me feel so special. More so because I wasn't expecting it at all. I was a special invitee there as a Guest of Honour and was required to provide organizers some documentation around my work over the decades. I didn't have any clue that this profiling was being done to hand me over a Lifetime Achievement award."
He was in the elite company of actors like Samuel Jackson and Salma Hayek amongst others who were also special guests at the event. Other than them, there were also quite a few renowned Arab and Egyptian film personalities with whom Boney Kapoor hobnobbed with.
"Yes, it was good to be with Hollywood personalities. However, what I liked most was the fact that I was on stage with Adoor Gopalakrishnan who is on an extremely different end when it comes to filmmaking sensibilities. He too was bestowed upon the same award. It is great that industry in general is acknowledging the contribution of filmmakers belonging to farthest extremes", says Boney over phone from Cairo.
Generally an award belonging to this category signals retirement time for many a filmmaker. However, Boney has been further buoyed by this and is now aspiring at starting newer projects soon.
"I don't think I have reached my peak to even think of retirement", he laughs, "There are only a few lucky ones who have managed to survive the industry as a filmmaker for as many as 30 years. I guess there are just 8-10 of us. God has been kind with me to pull me out of the financial mess I was in."
"With two back to back blockbusters in the form of No Entry followed by Wanted, I am raring to go. I have to be consistent from here on, pick my projects carefully and ensure that I do not repeat my mistakes. Being in a good situation like this, I can't let it slip away again", he signs off.
Next in line for Boney Kapoor is Satish Kaushik directed Milenge Milenge (Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor) and brother Sanjay Kapoor's debut production It's My Life (directed by Anees Bazmee and starring Harman Baweja, Genelia D'Souza and Nana Patekar).
When Boney Kapoor was invited to the ongoing Cairo International Film Festival, it was in the capacity of being a Guest of Honour. However, to his pleasant surprise, he was also bestowed upon a Lifetime Achievement award, something which he didn't see coming at all. What acted as a cherry on the top, literally so, was the fact that the felicitation happened on 11th November, which happens to be Boney Kapoor's birthday.