Anil Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with a small role in the romance Hamare Tumhare (1979) and then appeared as the lead in the Telugu film Vamsa Vruksham (1980) followed by the Kannada film Pallavi Anupallavi (1983).
MUMBAI: Anil Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with a small role in the romance Hamare Tumhare (1979) and then appeared as the lead in the Telugu film Vamsa Vruksham (1980) followed by the Kannada film Pallavi Anupallavi (1983). His career saw a turning point through his breakout role in the action drama Mashaal (1984).
He has worked in award-winning movies like Slumdog Millionaire. He also featured in Tom Cruise’s 2011 film, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. However, Anil once said no to a lucrative international project, even when his friends advised him to take up the small role to make his ‘resume’ look good.
Anil, who is promoting his upcoming film JugJugg Jeeyo with co-stars Neetu Singh, Kiara Advani, and Varun Dhawan, recalled an incident, where he was offered a small role in ‘the biggest franchise in the world’. The actor listed his reasons for turning down the offer in a recent interview. Anil did not name the film, but said that the director himself called him, and said he wanted Anil to play the role.
"The biggest franchise in the world, I can't name it, has been offered to me; but it had just two days of work. So, I read the scene. Ek toh mere ko scene samajh mein nahi aya kya tha. (I did not understand what was happening in the scene). Then the director of that franchise called me up, and said that 'I want you to do it'. The entire foreign set of friends of mine said that 'if you can have this film in your resume, then that's enough',” Anil said.
Anil's biggest hits during the 80s as a lead actor include Meri Jung (1985), Karma (1986), Mr. India (1987), Tezaab (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), and Parinda (1989).
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Credits: Hindustan Times