Aditya Roy Kapur’s roller-coaster career has seen quite a few ups with films such as Aashiqui, Daawat-e-Ishq, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as well as downs with films such as Kalank, Fitoor and Ok Jaanu. He bounced back with Mohit Suri’s Malang and has two other movies lined up in 2020 - Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 and Anurag Basu’s Ludo.
In a fun rapid fire with THE MAN, Aditya talks about his love life, career and his love for shoes:
DEBUNKING HEALTH MYTHS
I have never taken supplements. Nothing other than a protein shake, anyway. I’ve never tried the Keto diet and I don’t think I could; I need to consume some form of carb.
I crave pizza, but not the kind of ‘dainty’ pizza that is trendy these days. I like a nice, solid Bombay pizza. I will choose barbeque chicken or pepperoni over parma ham any day!
What kept me off social media for so long? I’m just a private person. I don’t like to share too much about my life. I even missed the boat on the whole Facebook thing — by the time I got to it, people had already moved on.
Back in the day, I was thriving on MSN Messenger! I used to have these crazy nicknames and they were all explicit. Butthole Surfer was one (laughs). In my defence, that was inspired by the name of a band.
A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW
I know I have 1.5 million followers on Instagram, but that is a lot less than many of my contemporaries, so it doesn’t overwhelm me. I don’t really think about it. Sometimes I am regular. Often I am not. Sometimes I read the comments, but I’ve never been really upset by anything. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced being trolled because I haven’t put up any particularly controversial posts.
I follow Greta Thunberg on Instagram just to support the cause. She’s an inspirational figure.
NAUGHTY AND NICE
I was a naughty little boy. I gave my mother the most trouble, by far. My eldest brother was a Head Boy, my middle brother was a prefect and I ducked sixth grade.
I watch less television now than I ever have. There’s so much content and it is all available so easily. Sometimes looking at the screen can be paralysing. Earlier we would go to a video library, get one cassette and commit. Even if it was a half-assed film, we still watched it. There’s a charm to watching a mediocre film, I must tell you. Now, five minutes into something, if your attention isn’t held appropriately, you switch. It’s kind of sad.
ZEN AND THE ART OF WARDROBE MAINTENANCE
I’m trying hard not to hoard. I think I may have 40 or 50 pairs of shoes. Is that a lot? I only own one suit. Of course you can wear the same black suit and white shirt over and over again — I don’t know why people overcomplicate things. I like sneakers but, more than anything, shorts are my thing.
Creative and Fashion Direction: Nupur Mehta Puri
Pictures: Avinash Gowariker
Make-up: Stephen Jadhav
Hair: Aalim Hakim
Production: Neha Ahuja
Dress man: Saquib
Assistant stylist: Kajal Singh
Video: Vaibhav Pandey
All Clothes: United Colors of Benetton