News|September 22, 2011 8:12 pm

I was self Obsessed – Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor, riding high post his international success with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, now wants to focus on social issues by lending his support to birth registration and human trafficking

Some years back my life was all about me, myself, my film, my career, my family, my house. I was self-obsessed and then I realised that it was enough. It was then I decided to focus on other things in life than just myself. I realised it was time for me to give back and do something selflessly. My wife and children motivated me to be part of social issues and it was then I got myself involved

The actor has pledged his support to the promotion of birth registration, as part of the Universal Birth Registration campaign (UBR) and also participated in an initiative to eradicate girl trafficking.

I wouldn’t have done this 10 years back. I used to wonder how people get involved with such issues. But then when I started, surprisingly I enjoyed doing it, felt happy and satisfied. It is a fulfilling experience

Anil, who is also a producer, said that since Bollywood has such a huge mass appeal, mainstream films on various social issues should be made to create awareness.

We should make mainstream films addressing social causes with big stars so that these reach out to the masses. I want to make such a film but I won’t act in it as I am not a big enough star to pull in audience

Sonam speaks her heart and that is how she gets into trouble. But I never give her any advice. In fact, I take advice from her.I believe women are superior to men. More women oriented films should be made. My daughter also makes sure that she chooses roles which have strong portrayal of women

The actor, who is playing a negative role opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible 4’, said he is very happy for Amitabh Bachchan, who is debuting in Hollywood with Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. “I am happy for Amitabh Bachchan. Very happy for him,” he said.