Says his documentary on human trafficking has been an eye-opener
Even though he is an internationally known star Anil Kapoor is doing whatever possible to stay true to reality.
Anil Kapoor in conversation with some men from the village
Part of those efforts includes his visit to the Bharatpur district in Rajasthan and speaking to women who have been forced into the sex trade in the name of tradition.
The actor says the half-hour long documentary Trapped by Tradition the CNN Freedom Project has been an eye-opener. "When a group of people come together with a good intent, things automatically fall into place.
I have been working towards the issue of human trafficking for years through Plan India, so this was almost like a natural progression," he says.
The actor, who spent two days in Bharatpur, has some gut-wrenching stories to tell.
"There is this woman who has been a sex worker for 20 years. Though it is against the law, women there think it is okay to indulge in such slavery for feeding the men in their families.
There are a lot of reasons for this, including poverty and illiteracy, and those issues need to be highlighted as soon as possible."
For Kapoor it's also one of the few times he can be himself. "I am more comfortable in a village with the locals than I am on any sophisticated red carpet.
There are very few times that I can just be myself and I don't have to put up an act. So I would hardly let go of that kind of work."
The actor, it seems, isn't affected by the pitfalls of stardom anymore either.
The actor's exclusion from the promos of Mission Impossible-The Ghost Protocol (much to the delight of his detractors) may have lead to a lot of speculation about his much-talked-about role in the same. But Anil is unfazed.
MI4, a great opportunity
He says, "For me, doing MI4 was an opportunity to interact with the best talent in the world including J J Abrams. More than the film, the important part for me was building a relationship with them.
The role is a special appearance, but who wouldn't want to be part of such a cult franchise."