Actor Kunal Kapoor is getting rave reviews for his short and sweet performance in director Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi. But surprisingly, Shinde wasn’t even convinced initially that Kapoor will fit into the role. “She had asked me to give a few tests, which I happily gave and fortunately she liked them too. From being unsure about me to being happy on seeing my performance, I think that’s something most satisfying for an actor,” says the 39-year-old actor.
The actor who shot to fame after a power packed performance in Rang De Basanti (2006) admits that ever since he watched English Vinglish (2012), Shinde’s directorial debut, he wanted to work with her and his chance came with Dear Zindagi. “While filming with her, I realised that a film means so much more to her. And I love working with people who have passion for their work and it is something personal to them. I hate to be on a set where someone is just making another project,” he adds.
“I love working with people who have passion for their work and it is something personal to them.”
On not being part of the film promotions, Kapoor says, “It wasn’t intentional, as I was shooting for another film and couldn’t adjust the dates. (Also) I feel it doesn’t matter for how long you’re in the trailer or who is bigger and smaller on the poster. Those are unimportant things for me.”
On whether playing a supporting role in SRK-Alia starrer was a gamble, the actor quips it’s the content of the film that drives him and nothing else. “For me, it’s like an orchestra. There are different people that play different instruments. Some are played for a longer duration; some are played for a shorter period of time. What’s important is to be part of a musical piece that is memorable. And that’s how I have always approached my career.”
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