Being youthful is in my genes: Anil Kapoor

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Anil Kapoor’s silver fox look in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do is making waves and the actor is excited about the salt-and-pepper avatar. He plays father to Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh in the film though in real life, despite his 58 years, he looks fit enough to pass off as their elder brother.

“I really wanted to get the look as real as possible for Zoya’s film. I am excited about the role and we worked hard at it,” said Kapoor, about his latest role.

On defying age, he playfully winks and thanks his grandfather. “Being youthful is in my genes. I would credit my grandfather for that bit. I love exercises like cycling, hot yoga, lifting weights and jogging. I love everything that makes me sweat. You need to find something passionate everyday which will keep you moving. I keep on working constantly, to regulate blood circulation. The only way to distract your mind from negativity is to focus on work. I unwind by keeping positive people around me. If anybody demoralises me I keep myself away from that element. Combination of food, work and exercise keeps me fit,” said Kapoor.

He has a special association with International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, being held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from June 5 to 7 this year.

“I have a completely give-and-take policy with IIFA. They love and respect me, so do I. My best memory of the event is when I anchored it in Johannesburg,” he recalled.

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He is clearly impressed by Zoya, the director of Dil Dhadakne Do, which will be premiered at IIFA 2015.

“My experience of working with Zoya has been phenomenal. She is one of finest contemporary directors in Bollywood.”

He is also busy with the next season of his TV series, 24, and Welcome Back, the sequel to 2007’s blockbuster Welcome, which sees him return as the lovable goon, Majnu bhai.

“Welcome Back is my next release after Dil Dhadakne Do. I am very excited to play Majnu bhai again,” he said.

The star who has made global impact, though is still a family man at heart.

“What makes me happy is seeing my daughters and wife laugh. If my country wins a match it makes me happy. Having seen four decades in films now makes me happy. I realise I am lucky enough. I believe after you achieve everything in life it is very important to look back and see how the journey has been,” he signed off.

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