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The perfect sperm
Annu Kapoor is making news. In Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor, a breezy romantic comedy woven around sperm donation, the actor has delivered an outstanding performance as Dr Baldev Chaddha, a desperate doctor running a fertility clinic in Delhi. "I took up the role because I loved Sircar's script and concept. Playing the role of Dr Chaddha was a wonderful experience. I was the perfect sperm for this character, " laughs the veteran actor who is understandably ecstatic about the film's success.
Vicky Donor's acceptance among the masses has given rise to the possibility of more such films on similar subjects. Kapoor agrees, "There is a major need for movies like Vicky Donor that make brave and sensible statements on such issues. " The film steers clear of being lewd, a serious possibility when the theme is sperm donation. As Kapoor says, "This movie could have taken a vulgar turn with Dr Chaddha's character if gags had been added to it. But this script and the character were handled very smartly and sensitively. "
The actor believes that India offers several thematic ideas that makers can turn into movies. He says, "If one reads the newspaper carefully, one can see that there are a lot of original stories that can be filmed. For instance, I read recently in a tabloid about a young boy who wants to get his sex changed though his parents are against it. He has appealed in a court that he be given permission to go ahead with the sex change or be given permission to commit suicide. "
Kapoor's character in 7 Khoon Maaf, police inspector Keemat Lal, was one of the seven husbands of a woman who kills each man she marries. As an actor, how does he view this wave of change in Hindi films? "Cinema has always evolved with time. Viewers are smarter today and can't be fooled with run-off-the-mill movies. Whether it is 7 Khoon Maaf, Vicky Donor or Paan Singh Tomar, filmmakers are making an effort to keep the real world and the audience in mind. "
Kapoor's knowledge of, and passion for, music is well-known. He hosted the phenomenally successful and memorable television show 'Antakshari'. However, the actor admits that his passion for the music has diminished with time. "As and when I find time, I steal a few moments to hear some good melodies. But, more than anything else, I have been passionate about gathering knowledge on music. "
The actor has essayed several interesting roles in the past. But one doesn't get to see him often on the big screen. Kapoor admits with disarming candour: "The surprising part is that I didn't and still don't get a lot of good scripts which I can instantly say 'yes' to. So I wait for the script, the story that doesn't make me blink. Stories are many, but good ones few. But I am a patient actor. " Kapoor says he is reading a couple of scripts but does not want to discuss them yet.
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