Omkar Kapoor Opens Up to Masala: Transitioning From Being a Child Star and Working With Rishi Kapoor
Omkar Kapoor spoke to Masala! for an exclusive interview in advance of his upcoming movie, Jhoota Kahin Ka. The former child actor opens up about his career, future plans and what it was like to have some down time with Rishi Kapoor off set.
Omkar Kapoor is one steadily yet surely rising star in the film industry. The young actor started out as a child artist in several movies, including multiple Bollywood classics and hits like Masoom, Hero No.1 and Judwaa. For the millennial moviegoer crowd, they may be more familiar with Omkar's performance in the comedy film Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, the sequel to the 2011 hit Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Omkar is continuing his resurgence in films with the upcoming comedy flick Jhootha Kahin Ka, where Kapoor will be reprising his on-screen camaraderie with PKP2 co-star Sunny Singh, along with veteran actor Rishi Kapoor.
With more than twenty years of acting experience under his belt, it's safe to say that Omkar feels right at home whenever he's on a film set. When asked about whether there were any key differences between acting as a child with a number of Bollywood superstars (including Govinda, Aamir Khan, etc.) versus now as an adult with Rishi Kapoor, Omkar clarifies that both circumstances were positive in their own way. "Well, I think both worked in my favour," says Omkar. According to the actor, his experience has made it relatively easy for him to be able to approach stars like Rishi one-on-one, rather than feel nervous in their presence. The two have apparently grown quite close while filming, as Omkar speaks highly about Rishi being carefree to work with and developing a real connection with the actor. "It was a lot of fun," says Omkar. "I remember talking to Rishi on and off-set... talking over dinner, going to casinos."
When it comes to Omkar's current career trajectory, it's clear that the actor has really gotten with the times. He recently appeared in a leading role in U, Me Aur Ghar, a flick that was touted as India's first web-based feature film. And in an era of cinema where digital is slowly becoming king, Omkar has his sights set on more web-based work. "There will be a few more (projects)," promises Omkar. The actor encourages anyone to keep their eye out for what comes next as it's all currently a matter of finalizing his works
Jhootha Kahin Ka stars Omkar Kapoor, Sunny Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Jimmy Sheirgill and Lillete Dubey. It is directed by Smeep Kang and follows two friends who travel to Mauritius and wind up entangled in a web of lies. According to Omkar, the film is a comedy of errors as the boys try desperately to keep their deceptions unexposed.