Rishi Kapoor is known for his outspoken nature. He does not mince words and calls a spade a spade. Now, he has questioned the government for suddenly banning the Pakistani actors from the country, post the URI attack.
In an interview to a leading news agency, Rishi Kapoor said that it was unfair to suddenly ban artists from Pakistan and there should be a cut-off date on such diktats for film productions to fall in line. He also questioned PM Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan in December 2015 to meet Nawaz Sharif.
These Are Unfair Rulings & Bullying Tactics
"Films are not planned in one or three days. It takes time. You can't say that you're going to ban a picture. You've been working for the last six months. These are unfair rulings and bullying tactics. You must give a cut-off period. It gives us time to finish our films and henceforth we will not take them.''
You Are Confusing Your Country
"Sometimes some skirmish happens in the border and your whole thinking goes wrong. Sometimes you shake hands and say go ahead. You're confusing your country, people.''
Why Does PM Modi Have To Go To Pakistan?
"Either you shake hands or don't shake hands. Why does Modi have to go to Pakistan and shake hands when you know skirmishes will happen," Rishi Kapoor said picking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan in December 2015 to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
On Why He Is Rejecting Films
"Kapoor & Sons for me is like I have created my own Frankenstein, my own monster. Now, whichever film is narrated to me, I reject it because I want it the same way.''
On His Autobiography
"In my book, I have always tried to put myself down and talk about my weaknesses, losses and failures. I have just been as honest as I can. There are things I don't need to say but I have said also. It's like a confession box statement.''
We Don't Have Nepotism In Bollywood
"There's a wrong notion in people's minds that actors' children have it very easy. We don't have nepotism in our industry. There are so many cases where actors' sons and daughters have failed also. It's only about the first film where you are launched. After that, you're on your own.''
Rishi Kapoor added,"Like (father) Raj Kapoor is not because of (grandfather) Prithviraj Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor is not because of Raj Kapoor and (son) Ranbir (Kapoor) is not because of Rishi Kapoor. My struggle was after I got stardom. I had to survive in an action-oriented arena. The whole era of films changed after the entry of Mr Bachchan in 1973. For me, it was an ordeal to battle the Angry Young Man.''
"I have always been struggling to match the strides of the Angry Young Man. For me, it was difficult to survive as I was only doing musicals. Others were doing action films," the veteran actor said.