"love isn't always about being in love."
Arjun Kapoor has revealed how he really felt about his father Boney Kapoor’s second marriage to Sridevi.
He and Anshula Kapoor are Boney Kapoor’s children from his first marriage to Mona Shourie Kapoor.
During his marriage, Boney began a relationship with Sridevi.
Mona Shourie passed away in 2012, close to Arjun’s debut film Ishaqzaade.
Arjun was close to his mother and had seen her suffer after she separated from his father.
Since her death, Arjun has had a complicated relationship with his father.
In an interview, Arjun opened up on the relationship and credited his “mother’s upbringing” for the way he handled the aftermath of Sridevi’s death in 2018.
Arjun stood by his father’s side, giving him emotional support and rebuilding his relationship with him.
He also formed a new relationship with his half-sisters Janhvi and Khushi.
Arjun opened up on the complexity of love.
“My mother’s upbringing came in my head.
“She would’ve told me to be by my father’s side regardless of what obstacles we face, because of a choice he made where he fell in love.
“And I respect my father for falling in love again. Because love is complex.
“And we would be silly and churlish sitting here in 2021 saying that you only fall in love once.
“It’s very Bollywood-ised. Love is complex, love is complicated, love isn’t always about being in love.”
Arjun Kapoor looked back on his father’s marriage to Sridevi, admitting that he was not “okay” with what his father did at the time.
However, he understands why his father fell in love again.
Arjun added: “It’s about compatibility, there is friendship, there is saturation.
“There is unfortunate frustration, people go through different phases in life.”
“You could have been in love with somebody, and you can fall in love with somebody after that, and that has to be understood.
“I don’t agree… I can’t say I’m okay with what my father did because as a child I felt the repercussions, but I understand it.
“I can’t say ‘theek hai, hota hai (It’s fine, these things happen)’, because I will always wonder.
“But when I rationalise it as an older person who’s dealing with his own relationship highs and lows, you understand.”
Arjun Kapoor added that he may not know what his mother and father were going through when they separated but will always follow her wish.
He said: “You try and be a good son because that’s what my mother would want.”
On the work front, Arjun Kapoor was last seen in the Netflix film Sardar Ka Grandson, which also starred Neena Gupta and Rakul Preet Singh.