Anil Kapoor was the talk of the town last month, thanks to his doppelganger from the US. A photo of the Bollywood actor alongside his lookalike trending on social media. Why wouldn’t it? John Effer, a bodybuilder, bears an uncanny resemblance to Anil Kapoor. But have you ever wondered what his reaction was after seeing the picture of Anil Kapoor for the first time? He was “surprised”. In a Humans of Bombay post, John Effer said he met Anil Kapoor after a friend of his shared a photo of the 65-year-old actor on the internet. “I’ve heard that there are at least seven people on Earth who look exactly alike. And I didn’t believe what I heard until recently, a fan of the Indian actor, Anil Kapoor, sent me his photo on the Internet. And when I first looked at Anil Kapoor’s photo, I was surprised; our likeness was uncanny,” he said.
John Effer “still can’t believe” how two people who live far away and live “completely opposite lives” can be “so similar”. He said: “I can’t believe how two individuals, living in different parts of the world, are so similar and yet live completely opposite lives. I am a passionate bodybuilder at home who helps people find joy in being healthy and fit and Anil Kapoor helps people find the best kind of joy through entertainment.”
This is not John Effer’s first experience with Bollywood stars. He was introduced to Hindi films at a young age. “Although I am from the US, I am familiar with Bollywood. My parents like to learn about different cultures and that’s why they introduced me to Bollywood at a young age. Bollywood movies were a wonderful escape… the cinema is so healthy!” said John Effer.
So, why did John Effer share a collage with him and Anil Kapoor on social media? Let us tell you, it has a Hrithik Roshan connection. The bodybuilder said: “I grew up watching Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan movies and found myself related to Hrithik Roshan’s character from Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai when he sees the photo of a man who looks exactly like him (Hrithik plays a double role in his debut film). And so I decided to post a photo of Anil Kapoor and myself together on my social media to get a sense of what the public is thinking.”
The response John Effer received was overwhelming – his phone was buzzing with Instagram notifications and many thought he was the “real Anil Kapoor.” All this gave him an idea of what “Anil Kapoor goes through on a daily basis.”
John Effer said: “My Instagram account just kept buzzing with notifications; people said ‘Bodybuilder Anil Kapoor!’ Some people thought I was the real Anil Kapoor and praised me for my acting! I was overwhelmed by the messages I received, but honestly I find it unimaginable to fathom what Anil Kapoor goes through on a daily basis with the spotlight on him every second” and stated the obvious: “But I understand why he is so loved ; his cool swagger and style is a joy to watch on screen.”
After this, he decided to binge watch Anil Kapoor’s films. He even danced to the actor’s iconic song My name is Lakhanfrom the movie Ram Kahan, with his girlfriend. “My favorite is virasat. I’m also absolutely mesmerized by -‘One two ka four, four two ka one, my name is Lakhan!“My girlfriend and I have a ball dancing to that song,” the doppelganger continued.
John Effer hasn’t officially signed a Bollywood movie yet, but it “would be a dream come true” for him to star in a movie. “In fact, I feel like Bollywood should make a Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai: Part 2 with Anil Kapoor and me,” he said.
He concluded: “I don’t know if I’ll ever meet him on the road, but in a way I feel like I already know him, and now I have only one wish: to live a life as jhakaas as his .”
Read John Effer’s post for Humans of Bombay here:
Photos of Anil Kapoor and John Effer took the internet by storm last month. The bodybuilder had shared this photo collage with a movie-like caption. It read: “I’m waiting for that Bollywood call TBH. Where is it, Anil Kapoor? Kids a great actor – my dad says so.”
Anil Kapoor was last seen in Dharma Productions film JugJugg Jeeyo.