Anil Kapoor as a Father-in-Law: "I Made Sure Anand Was My Friend"

Anil Kapoor as a Father-in-Law: "I Made Sure Anand Was My Friend"

Anil Kapoor spills the beans on his equation with daughter Sonam's husband Anand Ahuja
Anil Kapoor as a Father-in-Law: "I Made Sure Anand Was My Friend"

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Anil  Kapoor  has a new role to play. He is now  father-in-law to his  daughter Sonam’s husband. So how does it feel  being a father-in-law? Anil  brushes off  all apprehension of taking on a  new real-life role. “What  father-in-law? From the beginning I made  it very clear to Anand that I was going to be his friend , and not his father-in-law. So the ice was melted even before it was  frozen. Anand was a part of our family from a  very long time. We are pals first, relatives later.”

Anil and daughter Sonam have more reason to rejoice as  Veere Di Wedding, their home production has become  a  huge success. Exults Anil, “More than me  this is good news for  our production company . A  successful film means  all of us -- my daughters Rhea and Sonam and me—are on the right track as film producers.” There has been a lot of  raised eyebrows about the language and  the  sexual content  of some scenes  in Veere Di Wedding. But Anil is unfazed. “A lot of it was  censored. The language we have is what is permissible as per  the  censor  rules and  the constitution. We opted  for an ‘A’ certificate and adults  do speak in  that way, whether we like it or not. To be  very honest, when I  heard the  script  the language didn’t even seem  like an issue. The dialogues went  with the  flavour and  mood   of  the  film.”

Anil is happy that daughter Sonam has  broken the myth  about married actresses  facing career slump. Anil sneers, “This is such an old fashioned way of looking at an actor’s  career. I don’t think  anyone becomes  less popular because he or she is married. When I married my wife Sunita in  1984 I  was told my  popularity  would  wane. I was determined  to  prove  the  cynics wrong. In fact  my actual success as an actor  started after my marriage.”

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