From working as an assistant director to becoming an actor, what was the transition like for Kunal Kapoor?
He breezes into the room with a disarming smile. Lanky with perfectly chiselled features and a mop of dishevelled, curly hair, Kunal Kapoor looks every bit a Greek God.
When asked about his upcoming projects, he says, “I am in the process of signing some stuff about which I can’t talk now because they are by some big production houses.” On further prodding he relents, but all he says is “Four films in two months”.
Earlier a part of Naseeruddin Shah’s theatre group, acting in films came to Kunal after a stint as assistant to Rakeysh Mehra.
“I started as an assistant director and while on the sets of Aks I found myself more on screen than behind it. You could see me moving around in the shots like a third person,” he laughs.
Ask him about his favourite movies among the ones he has acted in, he says, “I haven’t done too many movies.”
He then adds, “But I enjoyed doing Rang De Basanti, not just for the fact it won many awards but for the entire experience of being part of a big production.”
He also enjoyed playing the role of the clumsy Vivaan in Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag and Imran in Aaja Nach Le. Discussing the type of roles he would like to do, the 32 year old says he likes playing a character that is far removed from him and has a different thought process and belief.
What’s the real Kunal like, and he says, “Different person on different days. I constantly like to grow and change.”
His eyes light up at the mention of his acting experience with Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nach Le.
According to him, Madhuri has always been his favourite actor; it all seemed surreal to him as he couldn’t believe he was sharing screen space with the diva.
Since he started off as an assistant director, does he plan to direct movies later? “Yes, the desire to direct a movie will remain,” he replies beaming.PRIYADARSHINI PAITANDY