They were mostly backbenchers in Bollywood, till they discovered the social networking media and carved a brand new, cool image for themselves
Rishi Kapoor is the latest poster boy of Twitter. The suave, stylish star of the '80s, now just a roly-poly character actor, Chintu had perhaps resigned himself to being recognised as Ranbir Kapoor's father by the new generation.
Rishi Kapoor. Pic/Shadab Khan
However, then he joined Twitter, he took it by storm as his self-effacing humour was more than evident in his tweets. His bio, 'Son of a famous father, Father of a famous son. That leaves me nowhere!' had kind of clinched it already and then his refreshingly honest tweets did the rest of the deed.
Ladies, young and old, openly started claiming to have fallen in love with him. Tweet by tweet he proved that he has much more meat than being an ageing ex-star and father of a budding superstar.
Ironically, his innocuous tweet on beef is when he was introduced to Twitter trolls too. He says, "These morons didn't get what I was trying to say. They attacked me. Anyway, each to his own. I realise that not everyone shares your sense of humour, but even then I have got great support from those who do. So it's been too much fun," he says.
Not the one to mince words, Kapoor was keen to join Twitter since his colleague, Anushka Sharma insisted that he should, in 2010. "She told me it's fun, but I didn't get hooked on to it. A while ago, my Facebook account was hacked and that upset me. I was worried about my privacy."
It was Abhishek Bachchan who goaded Kapoor to get active on Twitter recently. "And now I find it to be so much fun. It is my platform to tell everyone what I really am. I am getting too much attention," he chuckles.
Twitter handle: @chintskap
A sample tweet: Heard a constipated male version of the song "Phoolon ka taron ka" from the film "Hare Ram Hare Krishna" on cricket breaks? Sorry for Pancham."
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