MUMBAI: Three years ago, when he strummed the guitar in ‘Aashiqui 2’, there were many who actually believed the performance was for real. And they were not completely off track. Aditya Roy Kapur reveals that when he was in St Xavier’s College, he had a band and recalls one particular show at St Cathedral’s for a 12th standard farewell bash. “Of course, the main reason for going was to see the girls,” he chuckles, but admits that he’s not just been singing and playing the guitar, he’s even penned 40 songs. Talking about his first big hit, he remembers director, Mohit Suri, taking him into the studio and recording a track with him, which he’d play after Arijit Singh’s to help him get into character. “Later, I played a few of these soon to-be-chartbusters for the unit, and Shraddha (Kapoor) insisted I do something with this talent of mine. She’s always been encouraging but I treated music as a hobby and never pursued it seriously,” he acknowledges. That’s going to change. In the next one year, Aditya plans to come out with his own album. “It’ll be in English, some form of rock, with songs I’ve written and guitar, drums and electronic,” he informs, adding that he’s interested in giving playback only if his voice enhances the composition.
Another resolution is to work a little more since he’s happiest on a film set. He has ‘Ok Jaanu’ coming up. It’s the Hindi remake of Mani Ratnam’s 2015 Tamil romantic drama, ‘O Kadhal Kanmani’, which featured Dulquer Salmaan in the lead. Aditya admits he loved the original and was blown away by the performances but insists that the fact that their film is in Hindi, will change a few things. Point out that Dulquer ‘s fans are waiting to tear into him, aggrieved that Karan Johar didn’t launch their hero in Bollywood, and Aditya insists he’s not taking any pressure that would give him an attack of nerves. “The blueprint given to us was pure gold and much as I loved the original, the idea was to just be myself. It’s a relevant subject, I see a lot of my friends grappling with the same questions, unsure about whether to live in and get to know your partner better or take the plunge. Our film doesn’t make a case for live-in relationships nor does it run down marriages. It just juxtaposes one against the other seamlessly through the lives of two couples,” he rationalises. What would he opt for? “For me there’s no right or wrong. Just do things your way,” he asserts. “Everyone wants companionship, that’s why the institution of marriage is celebrated. But as far as I’m concerned, forget talking about it, I avoid even thinking about marriage. The day I meet someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and feel I’m ready for it, I’ll think about it.”
Buzz is, he’s getting serious about a makeup artiste, Marianna Mukuchyan? “She’s just a friend. We got clicked a couple of times and people put two and two together. I’m happily single, thank you,” he states firmly. Since ‘Aashiqui 2’, there’s been plenty of speculation about Shraddha and him, even talks of an engagement. Though Aditya’s denied ever being in a relationship with her, have these rumours ever made them awkward with each other? “Never!” he insists. “As a public figure you learn to take such conjectures in your stride and as an actor, it comes with the job. For three years these rumours have come up and morphed into different stories. Now we don’t even acknowledge them.”