Kunal Khemu, who two years after 99 (2009), has another solo-hero movie, Blood Money, has to wait till April 13 for the film to hit theatres. The film was earlier scheduled for a March release, but producer Mukesh Bhatt didn’t want a clash with big-ticket films like Priyadarshan’s Tezz and Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod.
“Mukeshji and the distributors took the call,” says the actor who six years after Kalyug (2005), is working with Vishesh Films again.
The directorial debut of Vishal Mahadkar, Blood Money captures the struggle of a boy from a middle-class family for a better life.
“It’s about the dreams of such boys. Everyone will be able to connect with it,” asserts Kunal and quick to add that it’s art house, but also a commercial Hindi film. “The character Kunal Kadam is very real,” he adds.
The actor who started off as a child actor under the banner in Sir (1993), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) and Zakhm (1998), is excited to work with the Bhatts again.
“They were the first to recognise my ability as an actor and have over the years become almost family. Talks are on for more projects. Hopefully, I’ll do another film with them this year itself,” says Kunal.
Ask him if out of sight has made him out of the audience’s mind, and if it will be difficult making a place for himself in the crowd of new actors and he shrugs “Your work speaks for you. There are many wonderful actors on the scene today, but I don’t sense any competition. If anything, they push me into doing a better job.”