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Arjun Kapoor says ‘2 States’ broke stereotype

After playing the action hero in Ishaqzaade and Gunday, Arjun Kapoor plays a womaniser in his latest release 2 States, and says he is grateful that it has given him a chance to explore a different look and genre.

He hopes the audience will slowly become more confident about his work.

“I am thankful that people have broken that stereotype about me in their head. I wasn’t targeting becoming an action hero or a lover boy…the idea is that people should watch my work and with every passing film, they should feel more confident about me,” the 28-year-old said in Mumbai on Friday at the Galaxy theatre.

Kapoor loves that his 2 States character Krish is non-heroic.

“The feedback till now tells that they have liked the subtlety of my character, which on a selfish level, I aspire to. You see the front-footed texture of Parma [in Ishaqzaade] and attitude of Bala [Gunday], but you see the simplicity of Krish,” he said.

“He is not a hero, which is what I like about him. He gets stuck between his mother and his girlfriend and I like the idea of him being non-heroic,” he added.

Kapoor will continue to do different things in his future films.

“The idea is to move forward with every film and that the director sees something new in you. It has happened in every film, but in 2 States it is very visible because of the subtlety of the character,” Kapoor said.

He believes directors can look beyond a person to find things that the actor himself doesn’t know exist.

“My next Finding Fanny Fernandes is also different and I believe that directors can find things in you that you don’t even know exist. I didn’t know I could play a small-town rowdy, but I did in Ishaqzaade. It’s up to the director eventually, what he sees in me,” he said.

2 States is based on author Chetan Bhagat’s similarly titled novel and hit cinemas on Friday. Directed by Abhishek Verman, it stars Alia Bhatt opposite Kapoor.