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Tushar Kapoor talks of his 20 years in Bollywood so far, and his journey as a single dad.

  Tushar Kapoor talks of his 20 years in Bollywood so far, and his journey as a single  dad. Actor-producer Tushar Kapoor completes 20 years...

 Tushar Kapoor talks of his 20 years in Bollywood so far, and his journey as a single dad.



Actor-producer Tushar Kapoor completes 20

years of his career in Bollywood and 5 years of

single-fatherhood. He talks to us about his

experiences in the industry, giving his all to son

Lakshya, and much more

TO SUSTAIN A BOLLYWOOD CAREER!


My father always advised us to work hard and also

learn patience. Our parents advised us not to lose

interest. My mom is focused, and so are we. Thus I

have sustained my career for 20 years.


THE CHANGES HE’S SEEN IN HIMSELF

I have become more enlightened. My management

skills are better now. I have stopped worrying about

small things. You focus on the more important

things, as you don’t have enough time. We become

more focused, more confident, organized and

purposeful. I follow Buddhism and practice

chanting.

My son’s birth, and the time leading up

to it, brought a lot of peace, harmo-

ny, compassion and enlighten-

ment. I started following

Buddhism just when I was

getting into the process of

being a father.

WHAT RENUNCIATION

MEANS TO HIM 


Renunciation is not a part of meditation.

This is not about having a perfect life in the

mountains, having no worries; rather it’s

about having whatever you are destined

to have as per your karma. It’s about

working on it and leading a happy life.

So it’s not escapism. It’s about facing

things, your karma, cleaning your karma.

It’s about living in this world and attaining

realization. Actually, it’s about being a part of this

Kaliyug World. It’s our mission to be victorious

and set an example to others so that they can be happier too.

It increases your strength and your resilience; it’s beautiful, it’s

definitely the most liberating practice that I have indulged in.

CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY IN 20

YEARS


There have been changes, but on the

whole, the rules of success and fail-

ure and the regulations have not

changed much, though the packag-

ing has changed. Today, digital

world has grown phenomenally,

OTT has become strong. Earlier,

the multiplexes were the in

thing. The methods of reaching

people and the way films are

made have seen some change,

but I don’t think that the con-

tent and the masala that peo-

ple like, storytelling styles,

performances, have changed.

People want entertainment,

and that will never change.

ON SPENDING TIME WITH HIS SON


I spend a lot of time with Lakshya because he has to

do online studies. Everything is planned around his

needs, but I still feel I’m not doing enough. He wants

to spend more time with his friends, and seems to

give more importance to them.

CARE DURING THE PANDEMIC 


I have taken proper precautions from the beginning.

We observe safety rules even when Lakshya is taken

to see his grandparents, or just out into the neigh-

bourhood. There is no evidence at present that

COVID-19 will affect only children, but being careful

is good.

MESSAGE FOR SINGLE PARENTS


It’s not that single parents have it especially hard. It’s

hard for married couples too. So many times, either

the husband or the wife takes things for granted. One

partner does little work, considering himself/herself

the breadwinner and feels that is enough, while the

other partner has to do everything else. It’s challeng-

ing for both partners to love a child, so the challenge

is not only for single parents.

It’s about unconditional love for kids —couples or

single parents. At the end of the day a child should

feel happy and complete. If your son or daughter is

happy, that’s because of your love, not just because

you are a married couple. Often, to put up a front of a

happy family for society, parents and children stay

together. What’s important is what happens inside

the family. 

ON CARRYING THE LEGACY FORWARD


I hope I’m alive to see whether the boys carry our the

legacy forward. I’m 45 now, and my son is 5 years old.

If I’m alive, I will be sitting here and giving an inter-

view talking about his milestones, not mine!

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