Anil Kapoor Looks Fitter than Aditya Roy Kapur in Malang. Here’s Why!
The secret to Anil Kapoor’s eternal youth and fitness is his attitude and passion, says Subhash K Jha
It’s not the diet. It’s the attitude. Anil Kapoor at 64, looks 40. And I’m not kidding. When he came home for lunch , I stared at him open-mouthed. Anil looks even younger in person. His skin glows, his agility knows no bounds, and I’ve never seen anyone who looks more like a movie star in India than Anil Kapoor. When Anil arrived home I kept staring at him. He laughed and asked, ‘Tu kuch bolega ya nahin?’
“It’s not fair!” I finally blurted out. “I am younger than you. But I look ten years older,” I whined. Anil laughed pleasurably. He loves the compliments and he wants them coming constantly. I had heard about Anil’s strict diet plans. So I warned him that he better eat properly. He did! He surprised me by tucking in. Later when I mentioned the food to Anil’s daughter Sonam and she was aghast. “He ate those things? He doesn’t touch that kind of food. He must have starved himself for the next four days.”
But that’s AK for you. All heart. And unwilling to break anyone’s heart. If I wished him to eat, he did even if it meant breaking his strict diet. AK won’t break anyone’s heart. He wants to be popular. He wants to be loved. And he will do whatever it takes to get everyone’s love. Hence to have him play the villain is a bit of a hoot. I mean, anyone who knows AK knows there isn’t one wicked bone in his body. And yet in Mohit Suri’s Malang he will bring the house down as the antagonist. It’s hard to believe he can be so convincing as a bad guy. Or that he can look so well-matched with the newly-slimmed Aditya Roy Kapoor. In fact AK looks even younger than ARK.
He loves to hear that. AK is a born limelight moth. And no one minds giving him attention. He deserves every bit of the love that he gets from audiences to this day. No other major star of his generation — Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff — commands the same adulation. I don’t know anyone outside and in the film industry who doesn’t love AK. But I still don’t forgive him for making me look and feel so old.