His career's obituary seemed to have been written when he was seen in two flop movies – London Dreams and Action Replayy. Even a cameo in the Hrithik-Ash starrer Guzaarish didn't seem to help matters. But Aditya Roy Kapur had much more to offer and thankfully Mahesh Bhatt was wise enough to tap it. Aashiqui 2 has just released and though the movie has got mixed reviews, everyone has been singing Aditya's praises. As an addicted love-lorn rockstar on a downward spiral, he has pitched in a good performance and has proved to be a worthy addition to the 'most promising' newcomers list along with Arjun Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sushant Singh and others.
When we went to meet Aditya, we were asked to wait for a long while since he was busy with promo activities for Aashiqui 2. But soon he walked in, with a sandwich in one hand and phone in the other. Flashing an apologetic smile for having kept us waiting, he then sealed the deal with a friendly hug! Pushing aside his sandwich, the VJ-turned-actor proceeded to give us his total attention
Vishesh Films tried to find a fresh face for the film through YouTube. Did you go through the drill?
No, that didn't happen. I never sent or uploaded any video for the YouTube audition. I was already shooting for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani back then and our first assistant director, Karan Dhara, asked me if I would be interested in the project. I agreed. I sent in my pictures after which he sat with Mukeshji and Maheshji (the Bhatt brothers) and I was called for a screen test. The rest is history.
The poster of Aashiqui was as famous as the movie. How did you feel while recreating it for Aashiqui 2?
The poster moment in the film has turned out really well. That moment of standing in the rain in the middle of everything and still being alone under the jacket – it's a wonderful metaphor. It felt great to re-create the Aashiqui moment. Mohit Suri has interwoven it beautifully into the film; it doesn't look forced but fits naturally into the narrative.
What's your relationship status?
Rhea is a good friend and I actually mean that. Sorry if that sounds like a clich but it's a fact. People link you with actors you are working with. You may have read rumours about Shraddha and me dating. But these are just rumours which don't have a long lifespan. When the film is released, the rumours die a natural death.