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Pushing boundaries Kunal Kapoor: ‘I want to keep growing. I never close myself to anything’
Pushing boundaries Kunal Kapoor: ‘I want to keep growing. I never close myself to anything’

There is more to him than acting. Kunal Kapoor reveals the poet and spiritualist inside the star

Kunal Kapoor looks as hot off screen as he appears to be on screen. But the actor is not content with just showing off his face before the camera. Be it editing, writing or directing, every aspect of filmmaking appeals to him. “I love the whole process.” In town for a store launch, Kunal who started off as assistant director to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in “Aks”, has turned to scriptwriting. “It is a romantic comedy with a fair amount of drama. I am writing it with a director friend. Every time we feel that we are through with the script, we realise it needs more work. We plan to start shooting next year.”

This is not Kunal’s first attempt at writing. He has been writing poetry for long.

“Usually everything we do, has a purpose, but writing poetry is something I do for fun. It gives me a chance to express what is happening around me and also to look at things objectively. What I scribble may not make sense to everybody.”

The script is not going to be a one-off effort. “I love stories. My eyes and ears are open to anything interesting.”

Spirituality fascinates the lanky star. A follower of Art of Living, Kunal also practises Sudarshan Kriya everyday. “I want to keep growing. I never close myself to anything. It is not easy to quantify what I have got from spirituality, but it has introduced me to new things and given me a different perspective,” says the actor who also practises the martial art, Goju Ryu Karate.

Kunal made his debut in M.F.Husain’s “Meenaxi: A Tale of three cities” (2004) but things didn’t look up until “Rang De Basanti” (2006).

His performance as Aslam got him recognition and plum projects. “Life changed post ‘Rang De…’ When you are an outsider in the industry, people are inaccessible. That changed after ‘RDB’.”

While the success of “RDB” yielded big banner projects, none worked at the box office. Did he regret being part of Milan Luthria’s “Hattrick”, and the two Yashraj’s productions “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag” and “Aaja Nachle”?

“I don’t believe in post-mortems. In hindsight, it is very easy to say this is what went wrong, but Fridays are very unpredictable. My roles in all the three films were different. In ‘Aaja Nachle’, I got a chance to work with Madhuri Dixit. Initially, I couldn’t believe that I am working with her.”

Kunal prefers to keep mum about his forthcoming films. “I will be making some announcements shortly but I don’t want to say anything right now. Having worked with people like Barry John, Naseeruddin Shah and Tabu, I have set high standards for myself and that’s the kind of work I would always want to do.”





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