Shakti Kapoor's son Siddhant Kapoor isn't well known to the general public, he's got unconventional looks, just like his father Shakti Kapoor had when he started in B-town, and at 29, this protege is older than most debutants on the verge of movie stardom. His mission? To carry the legacy forward and to prove that he's here to stay for good. And in the able hands of Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor, this Kapoor can't really go wrong.
Getting the on-set experience as much as he could, Siddhant's only dream to become an actor never went out of focus and it was that particular vision you see in his eyes when you bump into him. For an actor like Siddhant, Shootout At Wadala was a demanding storyline. It required him to learn how to shoot with guns of the yesteryears - heavy and rusted I guess. And that's what a shooter would do, right? Not only that, it also asks him to share screen space with John Abraham. The problem is that men who can carry serious films and still look good and grunge are in short supply. So here's the question I've been fielding a lot - If Bollywood has a problem, will Siddhant Kapoor be the answer?
Feeling blessed that you are to debut with Balaji Motion Pictures and Sanjay Gupta?
I would never think with which production house I'd make my debut or which studio. Of course, it couldn't have been better that I am being backed by Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupta. I feel blessed of course. The thing is, I always wanted to work with Sanjay sir after watching all his films in the past, especially Shootout At Lokhandwala. I really liked the characters. So I approached him and here I am doing Shootout At Wadala. I am not an action buff but I like grounded and more rustic performances. I like it real. I love action movies. I love comedy and drama too. Shootout At Wadala is all this and much more.
Why did you start as an assistant director with Priyadarshan?
The only reason I started assisting Priyadarshan sir is because I wanted to get all the on-set experience, the technical aspects, the editing, etc. I've assisted on Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Bhagam Bhaag, Dhol and a few commercials. It helps an actor like me to gain confidence before embarking on my career.
Your father, Mr Shakti Kapoor