Aditya Roy Kapur: Rashtra Kavach OM is high on action, but has a strong, emotional core as well

Aditya Roy Kapur: Rashtra Kavach OM is high on action, but has a strong, emotional core as well

Aditya Roy Kapur: Rashtra Kavach OM is high on action, but has a strong, emotional core as well – Times of India

Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Aditya Roy Kapur had a theatrical release, Malang, and his performance in the film was appreciated by many. The same year, he also had two OTT releases – Ludo and Sadak 2. With Rashtra Kavach Om, the actor is back on the big screen, that too with a genre that he absolutely loves. Excerpts from a chat:
‘This film was a case of being in the right place at the right time’
Ever since the trailer of Rashtra Kavach Om released, the action and Aditya’s ripped avatar with blazing guns has been the talk of the town. Telling us how this opportunity came his way, Aditya says, “The film came to me just a few weeks after Malang. Kapil (director Kapil Verma) and Ahmed sir (Ahmed Khan) had the script ready, and they were thinking about who they wanted to cast in the film. I think they saw some glimpses of me doing action in Malang and thought of asking me if I was game for this role. And I was most definitely interested in doing action films. So, in a way, it was like being in the right place at the right time, for both sides.” Aditya also adds that the prep for this role was intense. “It’s probably the most physically gruelling film that I’ve done till date. I had to bulk up for the role and learn action. I hadn’t done hardcore action before this film. So that was an area where I had limited exposure. But I underwent action training for four months and it was pretty intense,” he shares.


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‘Patriotism is one of the themes in the film, but not the only one’
There are a lot of films with an underlying theme of patriotism. So, what makes this film stand out? To this, Aditya says, “I don’t watch a lot of films, so I wouldn’t be able to talk about the context. But what struck me about Rashtra Kavach Om was the first narration I had. While all the action and grand sets were in place, the film has a very emotional, intimate core. While patriotism is definitely one of the themes, it’s essentially a film about a family and what they go through.” He adds, “After the last two years, I think people look forward to watching a grand spectacle on the big screen. We spent two years watching everything in our living room on a small screen. Yes, some viewing behaviours have changed. But when you want to watch something that’s visually spectacular, you obviously feel the need to go to the theatre and watch it.”

Aditya Roy Kapur: Rashtra Kavach OM is high on action, but has a strong, emotional core as well - Times of India

‘Have grown up watching Hollywood action films’
Aditya is an action- film buff and says that that intense, action streak that’s on display in his upcoming film is something he completely identifies with. “I think that’s the earliest of my streaks,” he laughs, adding, “I grew up as an action- film fanatic. I have watched entire filmographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan with my dad. As a kid watching these movies, I actually wanted to do what these guys did – fight villains, catch the bad guys and beat them up! I was obsessed with action. For me, it was always Terminator 2, Demolition Man and Rocky, over Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption.” So, does that mean we’ll get to see him in another action film soon? “Why not? The more action films, the better for me!” he says.


‘I would call myself reserved’
While he started out as a VJ before dabbling in acting, Aditya is perceived as a reserved person. We ask him if that’s true and he says, “It’s true and I can understand why I come across as shy. I don’t go out a lot unless I am promoting films. I think reserved is a better word than shy.” He adds, “When I was a VJ, I was out there all the time. I was paid to make a fool of myself, which I happily did for more than four years. But I guess, as an actor you are a little more well-known and that probably has shaped this perception.”


‘I thoroughly enjoyed eating misal-pav in Pune’
During his visit to the city, Aditya took a pit stop at a misal-pav joint in Aundh before visiting a college. “The misal was heavenly,” he says, adding, “For those few minutes, I was totally lost in the taste.” He also shares that meeting people after almost two years was a lovely experience. “It was lovely to actually be among people, physically. I had two releases during the pandemic which we promoted virtually. I wasn’t complaining because it was nice to sit back and do virtual interactions (laughs). But getting out there feels good. Just to get appreciation from people feels amazing as an actor. It was great interacting with the college students of Pune. I have family in the city, and I’ll be back soon. Hopefully for a longer time.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Aditya Roy Kapur had a theatrical release, Malang, and his performance in the film was appreciated by many. The same year, he also had two OTT releases – Ludo and Sadak 2. With Rashtra Kavach Om, the actor is back on the big screen, that too with a genre that he absolutely loves. Excerpts from a chat:
‘This film was a case of being in the right place at the right time’
Ever since the trailer of Rashtra Kavach Om released, the action and Aditya’s ripped avatar with blazing guns has been the talk of the town. Telling us how this opportunity came his way, Aditya says, “The film came to me just a few weeks after Malang. Kapil (director Kapil Verma) and Ahmed sir (Ahmed Khan) had the script ready, and they were thinking about who they wanted to cast in the film. I think they saw some glimpses of me doing action in Malang and thought of asking me if I was game for this role. And I was most definitely interested in doing action films. So, in a way, it was like being in the right place at the right time, for both sides.” Aditya also adds that the prep for this role was intense. “It’s probably the most physically gruelling film that I’ve done till date. I had to bulk up for the role and learn action. I hadn’t done hardcore action before this film. So that was an area where I had limited exposure. But I underwent action training for four months and it was pretty intense,” he shares.

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‘Patriotism is one of the themes in the film, but not the only one’
There are a lot of films with an underlying theme of patriotism. So, what makes this film stand out? To this, Aditya says, “I don’t watch a lot of films, so I wouldn’t be able to talk about the context. But what struck me about Rashtra Kavach Om was the first narration I had. While all the action and grand sets were in place, the film has a very emotional, intimate core. While patriotism is definitely one of the themes, it’s essentially a film about a family and what they go through.” He adds, “After the last two years, I think people look forward to watching a grand spectacle on the big screen. We spent two years watching everything in our living room on a small screen. Yes, some viewing behaviours have changed. But when you want to watch something that’s visually spectacular, you obviously feel the need to go to the theatre and watch it.”

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‘Have grown up watching Hollywood action films’
Aditya is an action- film buff and says that that intense, action streak that’s on display in his upcoming film is something he completely identifies with. “I think that’s the earliest of my streaks,” he laughs, adding, “I grew up as an action- film fanatic. I have watched entire filmographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jackie Chan with my dad. As a kid watching these movies, I actually wanted to do what these guys did – fight villains, catch the bad guys and beat them up! I was obsessed with action. For me, it was always Terminator 2, Demolition Man and Rocky, over Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption.” So, does that mean we’ll get to see him in another action film soon? “Why not? The more action films, the better for me!” he says.


‘I would call myself reserved’
While he started out as a VJ before dabbling in acting, Aditya is perceived as a reserved person. We ask him if that’s true and he says, “It’s true and I can understand why I come across as shy. I don’t go out a lot unless I am promoting films. I think reserved is a better word than shy.” He adds, “When I was a VJ, I was out there all the time. I was paid to make a fool of myself, which I happily did for more than four years. But I guess, as an actor you are a little more well-known and that probably has shaped this perception.”


‘I thoroughly enjoyed eating misal-pav in Pune’
During his visit to the city, Aditya took a pit stop at a misal-pav joint in Aundh before visiting a college. “The misal was heavenly,” he says, adding, “For those few minutes, I was totally lost in the taste.” He also shares that meeting people after almost two years was a lovely experience. “It was lovely to actually be among people, physically. I had two releases during the pandemic which we promoted virtually. I wasn’t complaining because it was nice to sit back and do virtual interactions (laughs). But getting out there feels good. Just to get appreciation from people feels amazing as an actor. It was great interacting with the college students of Pune. I have family in the city, and I’ll be back soon. Hopefully for a longer time.”

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