Abhishek Kapoor looks back on his cinematic journey



When “Rock On” was released in 2008, it was a defining moment in Farhan Akhar’s acting career, as the director of “Dil Chahta Hai” made his acting debut in the film. Not only did the film affect Farhan’s life, it affected Abhishek Kapoor’s as well. Kapoor, who started his acting career in the 1990s and then directed a Sohail Khan film in the early 2000s, discovered new life with the musical and hasn’t looked back since. He has since directed films such as “Kai Po Che”, “Fitoor” and “Kedarnath”, and is currently awaiting the release of “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui”, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor.

In an interview with Indian Express ahead of the premiere of ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, Kapoor spoke about his cinematic journey so far, what his failures have taught him and why music plays such an important role in his films. Looking at his resume, it’s clear that none of his films compare – one is about a Hindi-Muslim love story set against the backdrop of natural disaster, while the other is about friendship. between three boys against the backdrop of escalating political tensions. Kapoor has stated that he does not like to repeat himself in his films and believes that once a film is finished he “closes the door” on the subject. “Other filmmakers may have a cachet where you know this person does their films a certain way, but in my case, every time I find a new subject, I go into it as an absolute newcomer,” he said. he declared.

Abhishek Kapoor also touched on the leap he made after the musical triumph of “Rock On”, revealing that his next film is set in a whole different universe. “Kai Po Che” was based on Chetan Bhagat’s book The 3 Mistakes of My Life and took place in an environment that had nothing in common with the privileged world of “Rock On”. “It was not the same world. Of course, it was about friendship, but it was a whole different frame, a different texture. Kapoor said that with every movie he works on, he wants to focus more on the central idea of ​​the tale than anything else. “This idea is the most important thing,” he said. He claimed that he tried to tell radically separate storylines with “Fitoor” (which was an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ High Expectations) and later “Kedarnath”. “Personally, I think there is no similarity between the director who did ‘Kai Po Che’, ‘Kedarnath’ or ‘Rock On’.”

Not all of Kapoor’s films have been a resounding success, and he admits the ups and downs of his career. “What your failure teaches you, your successes will never teach you,” he remarked, recalling a period when the movie “Fitoor” did not receive the critical praise it had hoped for. at the box office. The first weekend, according to the director, is the hardest, but after the first Monday the learning process begins. Despite the fact that the movie industry is primarily based on box office data, Kapoor doesn’t believe in looking at current box office trends while deciding on his next film. He explained, “I’m not looking at the box office, I’m not looking at anything other than my relationship to the idea,” he shared.

Abhishek Kapoor remarked that he was interested in the human connection behind the idea when asked how he finalized his ideas. “People care about people. The backdrop and everything in between can be designed. He said that once he has the basic idea, he starts chasing it to make a story out of it, but makes sure he “doesn’t stray from the basic idea.”

Another important part of his creative process is the use of music, which is why all the soundtrack CDs to his films contain outstanding tunes, which is unusual in today’s music scene. According to the filmmaker, he has a bank of reference melodies that he likes to juxtapose with his script while he is writing the film. But when it comes to finalizing the tracks, he doesn’t subscribe to the notion of popularity. “I can’t buy into the mainstream music video genre (approach) ki yeh gaana chalta hai toh yeh gaana daal do (that kind of music works, so let’s use it). I’m not against having songs in my movie, just having mainstream chatpata songs that sound like the previous song, that also sounds like another song, that still sounds like another song so that there is familiarity. I want people to enter an unknown space with my film. For Kapoor, songs are another tool that helps tell the story of the film in his unique style.

Abhishek Kapoor’s career as a filmmaker is still in its infancy, but with “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui” he has opened a new chapter in his career. On December 10, the film will hit theaters.


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