3 things we learned on day 1 of IIFA 2015
The highlights from day one
The Benjamin Button of Bollywood – and one of the early adopters of Twitter and Instagram – Anil Kapoor revealed his secret to remaining relevant in a youth-obsessed industry. “Listen to your daughter. They know the pulse…because you lose touch with what people really want. Things change. And you should be ready to fail. For example, when I made Gandhi My Father, the film didn’t work but I didn’t give up. I got a hundred times more from Slumdog Millionaire.”
Arjun Kapoor wants to erase every memory of the AIB Roast. Every time someone dropped the R-word he changed the topic uncomfortably. Now that Ranveer Singh and Kapoor are coming together again to host the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy Awards, some are expecting a repeat of the insult-comedy shtick – especially since there was a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to it in the promo (above). Kapoor doesn’t appear to be washing his hands off it – “I would be very happy if someone remembers us for raising over 50 lakhs in three hours; the idea was to do it for charity but somewhere along the line people forget” – he just seems wary after the maelstrom it caused. As for his IIFA gig, he just hopes he can maintain the momentum. “You need to have that excitement when you’re doing it, and you need to be able to keep up the energy. The energy has to translate to the audience and you hope to give people a show that they will remember for the right reasons.”
Another actor who firmly wants to live in the present? Ayushmann Khurrana. Someone asked him if he watched the latest season of Roadies, to which Khurrana laughed awkwardly, before coming back with, “No, I didn’t even manage to catch the season I was in”.