“I Was Privileged,” Arjun Kapoor Says He Became Assistant Director Without Qualification

Actor Arjun Kapoor debuted with his role in ‘Ishaqzaade’ in 2012, but prior to that, he took baby steps in the industry by giving editing a shot. He cut trailers for the movie ‘Shakti: The Power’, which was produced by his father Boney Kapoor. After that, he worked as an assistant director to Nikhil Advani on films like ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’. He recently recalled being a ‘terrible assistant’ at first and also admitted to being ‘privileged’.

As per a report in HT, he spoke about how he initially thought that being an assistant director would be an easy job, but admitted to being “horrible” at it. He further claimed that he got better at it while assisting Nikkhil Advani for the second time on ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’.

He stated, “I was a terrible assistant when I started out. I was horrible. I thought it would be a piece of cake and I hate saying this, much like somebody who has grown up in an environment that is sheltered, I was sheltered, I was protected and I was privileged. Privileged does not only mean the financial aspect of it, it is about the security that you have from knowing you can make mistakes and stumble and learn along the way even without getting a qualification in place. I was allowed to do those things, I was allowed to make my mistakes without consequences that have bigger ramifications.”

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He continued, “I became an assistant on Kal Ho Naa Ho and I was a terrible one. Terrible in the sense, I used to sleep off on set, I used to walk in after Nikkhil sir, I used to do things that could be done in 15 minutes over four hours. I was just not very good but on set, I was very in love with the process. Then, I started working on Salaam-e-Ishq, I got better. So, I learnt on the job and I realised that I want to make films in some capacity or the other.”

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