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My Friend Boney Kapoor Turns Actor At 65



 What’s  with the acting bug biting Boney Kapoor at  65?! I always  knew there  was  an actor hiding inside Boney. We can only pray that he proves himself a  better actor than his youngest sibling Sanjay Kapoor whom Boney went all-out to launch in  a film called  Prem. No  stone  was left unturned  to  ensure Sanjay Baba’s  career  takes off. It never did. Like they say. BollywoodProposes Janata  Disposes.

 Having known Boney very well I must say I’m  very surprised  by his  new career decision. I’ve joked  about this  with Boney in the  past, and he always maintained  that he had no interest in  acting.  During my last  conversation with  Boney on this  issue he had said, “It  was always  a conscious decision to stay away from acting. My two brothers  were actors. Someone had to look after their career.”

 What changed   Boney’s mind at this  juncture of his life? Ever since the  mythical Sridevi left for another world Boney has been a  bit lost, and quite lonely.His daughters have their own  life and  one of them Jahnvi is  a  full-fledged  actor. As  a producer he is not as active these days as he  was  before. But then, who is?

Given  the  long stretches  of  free time  it is but  natural  that the  mind seeks diversions. Hence to no one’s  surprise  Boney is now moving from the  back to the front  of the camera. We saw him playing himelf in Vikramaditya  Motwane’s  AK Vs AK. Now he  will play  Dimple  Kapadia’s husband.Dimple and Boney have known each other from the time  of Raj Kapoor decided  to  launch her in Bobby in 1973.

What  makes   a humanbeing choose a completely different vocation so late in his  career?  Is it  a belated  urge  to be adventurous? When  Prakash Jha turned actor  after  60 he told me he was very serious  about pursuing acting. In  his Jai Gangaajal  Prakash played the main antagonist opposite  Priyanka  Chopra. He actually had more footage than she  did! And when she couldn’t come to India to  promote the film Prakash did it on his own. Now  Prakash plays the  protagonist in  another film Matti Ki Saikal . This time he can actually act.

I wonder what Sridevi would have to  say  about  Dimple  Kapadia  playing Mrs  Boney Kapooron screen! Knowing her  I am sure  she would have  put Boney  on  a crash diet. Boney should get set to  take home all the best newcomer awards at  the end   of the year. The award that his daughter  took home  just two years ago.

To this  Boney’s  reaction: “I am sure I  will win  if you are in the jury.”

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