By Radhika Sharma
Mumbai (PTI) Arjun Kapoor is a wiser man today and the actor says accepting criticism and introspecting has made him a better person.
For someone who has seen more ups and downs in life than an average soul and being a public figure at the same time has what amounted to his overall growth, he said.
“I’ve always been a sorted person to a certain degree. I think circumstances in life have always taught me. I’m a willing learner. I’m somebody who listens and imbibes. A lot of people in our profession don’t tend to do that.
“I’ve always been someone who is open to criticism and accepting that I’m flawed, we all are. I don’t believe in pointing fingers at anybody else. I always try and introspect. Introspection takes a toll, but you come out of that a better person,” Arjun told PTI in an interview.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019, which closed Sunday.
The “India’s Most Wanted” actor said he has never been the one to make a big deal about the details of his life professional or personal.
In life’s quieter moments he reassesses and unlearns, he said.
“For every big moment in my life, rather than being somebody who flaunts it, I’ve dealt with situations with dignity and grace that my mother taught me These are all words that we know, but they are difficult to implement. I struggled from time to time, I’m also human.”
At the five day-long fashion gala, Arjun walked for his friend, designer Kunal Rawal as the showstopper. He sported a dark sea green coat with unique hem lines and black pants.
The actor said walking the ramp for Rawal is being at home.
It’s not so much about turning the designer’s muse as much as it is about seeing his evolution, Arjun said.
“Being a friend, I normally sit by the sidelines and I’m always there to cheer him on with all the showstoppers that we’ve had so many years. I’ve been part of some of the shows when he was starting out. It’s always nice as but I don’t look at myself as a showstopper. I look at myself as somebody who’s a continuation of his (Kunal) journey. If you can see my journey through his and his journey through mine, it’s always really nice.”
“It’s just good storytelling — two journeys unfolding in front of all of you,” he added.
Arjun will next be seen in Ashutosh Gowariker’s much-awaited period drama, “Panipat”.
Describing the film as an “untold spectacle”, the actor said there are film directors and then there are filmmakers, and Gowariker is the second kind.
“He’s somebody who goes into tremendous detail and is a maker in the epic sense of the word. He has evolved into someone who’s a gigantic storyteller, who takes on these massive stories and allows them to unfold on the big screen.
“That’s something that’s always been his forte. We have all heard about the Battle of Panipat, but we don’t know the importance behind it. We will soon come to know,” he said.
The actor, who is currently dubbing for the film, said working on “Panipat” has been a learning experience.
“It’s something I’m very proud of being a part of. We worked very hard on it. I can now finally see the film coming together,” he added.
Also featuring Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon, the film is slated to hit the screens on December 6.