"I admire Johnny Depp's style sense," says actor Kunal Khemu
Veenu Singh, Hindustan Times
Updated: Apr 11, 2015 17:28 IST
Actor Kunal Khemu talks about the changing face of cinema, directors and banners he wishes to work with and about his marriage.
If you weren’t an actor you would have been... Working in a creative field, maybe as a musician or a writer.
Which classic Hindi film would you have loved to debut with? Deewaar (1975).
From being a child actor to today, how have you seen cinema change? Cinema has evolved a lot in these years: right from the technical to the creative aspects of filmmaking. What is the best thing about being a film star? It’s the high of seeing yourself on the screen. That’s the reason I became an actor. Apart from that, it’s the fact that you get to live many lives in one.
One character that you are dying to play? A negative role, something like Saif’s Langda Tyagi in Omkara (2006). The best thing about marriage is... That one doesn’t have to worry about getting married anymore. And the best thing about Soha is… That she’s my best friend. And she has lovely eyes. Is belonging to the same profession a boon or a bane for a couple? It’s subjective. If you can discuss work-related things, it’s a boon. How do you help out at home? I cook for Soha when we are at home, and while on vacation. I end up doing the laundry too! The biggest surprise you sprung on Soha was... When I asked her to marry me. Are all Indian men mama’s boys? I don’t think that Indian men are mama’s boys, but we do love our mothers. Define your style sense. It’s all about keeping it simple, real and comfortable. The directors and banners you want to work with. Anurag Kashyap for his indulgent, dark cinema; Yash Raj Films for the romance; and Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the artistry he brings to filmmaking. A dessert that describes you. Crème brûlée. Your idea of a great weekend includes... The beach, great food and great company. Your fitness schedule. If I need to bulk up, then it’s weight training for five days a week. I also add one day of cardio. Otherwise, it’s three days of weight training and cardio every alternate day. Your dream destination. Greece. You destress by... Working out, sleeping and eating.
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