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Rishi Kapoor disheartened about aspiring actors focusing more on gym than craft

Rishi Kapoor says the fact that aspiring actors are more focused on gymming than the craft, makes him feel disheartened. The veteran actor said he is in favour of joining film schools or learning from the sets, as he believes an actor can do well by ‘observing’ their seniors.

“I am observing that to become an actor, people say, they want to join gym. Why join a gym? Why don’t you join an institute where they teach you how to act? You must work with a good director and work in a film where you have good actors, so you should observe the actor and understand things,” Rishi said.

Giving an instance of his son, Ranbir, who worked as an assistant director on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Black’ before making his acting debut in ‘Saawariya’, the actor said, “Observation is a big tool for any actor. You observe and you bank it in your mind. I don’t know why all these actors think going to a gym or riding horses or learning how to fight are the steps to becoming an actor. It is absolutely bulls*** and nonsense.”

He added that Bachchan, who attained the name of ‘Angry Young Man’ in the early ’80s, ‘never had the body, never had the muscles’, and still became one of the biggest action stars of Hindi cinema through hard work and dedication.

“There is no technique (to my acting). I am a natural actor. I try to keep it spontaneous as far as possible. That is my mantra,” he added.

When Rishi made his debut in ‘Bobby’ (1973), he was instantly given the title of ‘lover boy’. The actor, however, said this title worked as a disadvantage to him. “My image was that of a romantic, soft hero. It worked as a disadvantage for me at a time when action heroes were more successful. But there’s one thing, non-actors will not survive. They will have to be good with their craft and skills,” he said.

On the work front, Rishi Kapoor will be seen in ‘102 Not Out’ along with Amitabh Bachchan which is all set to be released on May 4.

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