The last episode of Koffee with Karan saw the dynamic father-daughter duo, Saif and Sara Ali Khan. Well, keeping things interesting, this week's guest were none other than the half-sibling Janhvi and Arjun Kapoor. While the episode marked the debut of Janhvi, Arjun has been a part of the Koffee couch for some years now.
On the show, the two spoke about their respective careers, life, relationship and family. Arjun spoke how he handled the two girls Janhvi and Khushi and his father Boney Kapoor after the sudden demise of Sridevi and Janvhi, on the other hand, discussed the most daunting year of her life.
The WhatsApp Group
Do you know who is the most active Kapoor on Whatsapp? Boney Kapoor. Arjun revealed that the producer sends his old photos, every day without fail.
“It is funny that he is learning to be a father at this age in a very strange way and to see a glint in his eye that he wants to try is commendable. A man is willing to pick up pieces and understand all four kids from a different thought process and generation almost. Just the fact that he wants to be available, it is a lot more than it was six months back,” Arjun said.
Is Janhvi dating Dhadak co-star Ishaan Khatter?
Janhvi denied this question. Point-blank. But what Arjun had to say was much more interesting. “But I know they are close because he is always around. He is always around her,” he said.
Is Arjun Kapoor single?
Arjun confirmed that he is NOT single. “No, I am not single. I have spoken a lot about this topic in the past. It has to fall in place. A lot that’s happened in my life in the last few months that has given me perspective honestly,” the actor said.
Discussing that he is ready for the next big step of marriage, Arjun said, “The last six months have taught me about life. I was just doing the right thing at one point of time and then it snowballed into being something way more important. I finally feel sense of belonging and a family. From the moment the two and dad have reentered in life in a way where I realized you need a foundation. You need a life to build beyond social media, relevance or Friday. So, you need something that keeps you happy and grounded something solid to hold on to and that is companionship. Yes, I think I am ready to get married.”
Strange Fate of Life
Host Karan Johar revealed how Arjun and Janhvi, both lost their mothers right before their debut releases. While opening up about the same, the Gunday actor shared how it feels to lose someone you love the most.
“We both, including Anshula and Khushi, we had our backbone snapped and then handed a new life to deal with. So, its like being handicapped for the rest of eternity but learning how to walk again. To deal with perhaps the most amazing life you could get to be an actor, to be loved by the world, to be watched on the big screen is everything and more than one dreams of achieving. But you don’t have that one person that you want to come back home and share it with and you want to be vulnerable and you want to be normal with. So, now you have to be sorted when you are not sorted at all," he said.
"I think that is the connect that I had with her (Janhvi) the most. I have spoken more to her about it because we did have this ability to bond over. She spoke to me about the YouTube comments and she had spoken about the trailer coming out and I couldn’t be there for the trailer as I was shooting in London. My heart went out to her because I know how that vacuum feels. Its like I was living it again and my heart used to break every time because it is a bittersweet journey. You have to promote with a smile on your face. You will be asked questions that will remind you again and again. They are doing their job. You have to be professional."
"I meet journalists who have such nice things to say about her. I still had experience in life but she was living a sheltered life. She could have spiraled but she handled herself better. There were lesser expectations from me, I was not a star son. I was a producer’s son but the reference point for her was very different. Her mother is a legend that defined a generation. People decided to work in this profession because of her,” he added.
Arjun- the pillar of strength
When asked, how he handled the entire situation, Arjun answered, “A moment changes everything and I have been through that moment and I wouldn’t wish it for my worst enemy. Whatever I did or however me and Anshula reacted was an impulse out of pure honesty to knowing that we would have need someone at that time and perhaps, we couldn’t have that at that point, as much we liked. But that doesn’t mean Janhvi and Khushi shouldn’t. But at that point, it stemmed purely out of being a good son to my father because that is the first impulse. My mother would have wanted that. If she was alive, that is the first thing she would have said that ‘go and be there, make sure you are there.’ Don’t hold any grudges because your life is too short. And it took me some time to get the courage to ask Anshula that I feel this is the right thing and what do you think because I needed her consent at the end of the day. I am going to be able to do this if I have her by my side. And I still remember, it was two or three in the morning, she had no idea and I called her and the first thing she said was ‘where are the girls?’. That is when I knew that I am going to be there for Janhvi and Khushi till the best of my capacity, as long as I can be. It wasn’t so much about “I will be a brother to them” or “I will do this” or “I will do that”. It was just “be there” because they will not know what is hitting them because it was going to be a storm and it was a storm. And they conducted themselves with utmost dignity.”
Janhvi Kapoor's most daunting and sensitive year
The actress said the support and love that came from Arjun and Anshula Kapoor was a comfort she needed and wanted to cling onto.
She said, “I think I found it comforting for me to cling on to it as hard as I could and that’s what I have been doing. It’s just brought a sense of security and comfort and love and I think that I wasn’t overwhelmed by anything in terms of it. I never overthought it. It just felt right, felt nice and I felt like this is what I wanted. I think deep down I was hoping for this and waiting for it also.”
Catch the latest episode of Koffee with Karan season 6, every Sunday on Star World at 9 PM. Also, Kajol and Ajay Devgn will be gracing the couch next week!