Kunaal Roy Kapur's quirky character in Delhi Belly still causes a laugh riot. But for Kunaal, these characters are the answer to his quest for space in cinema.
"Conventional characters don't interest me. I am interested in roles that are close to reality, and hence woven differently," says the Mumbai based 32-year-old actor, in Chandigarh for playing a part in the play, One on One, staged at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, on Saturday.
Having done theatre for the past 15 years, Kunaal agrees that theatre has played a considerable role in framing his approach towards cinema. He, however, has different plans in mind. "Film direction fascinates me more than acting."
In 2009, Kunaal directed the Hindi movie, The President is Coming, which was based on a play of the same title (directed by him in 2006). "In order of preference, film direction comes first and theatre second. But that does not mean I would decline a good role in Bollywood," he says, adding, "Bollywood certainly provides the recognition that theatre cannot, but this is not the reason I want to act."
Theatre alone, he feels, is still not a medium to earn livelihood, "But the recent change in cinema, and the audience's perspective, has provided theatre artistes an opportunity to sustain their creative interests."
Though he has been planning to direct a horror film, Kunaal has just finished the shooting for the movie, Project 36, directed by Kabir Sadanand. About the movie, he says, "I am playing one of the protagonists in the movie. Though it is a funny movie, it does not have the Delhi Belly humour."
Elaborating on another one of his upcoming projects, he says, "The untitled movie is based on dark humour and has been directed by Aditya Bhattacharya. It is a blend of drama and comedy, which is a genre I'd like to explore further in cinema."
And about his oh-so-messy character in Delhi Belly, he says it was an eccentric experience. "I gained more than 20 kg for the movie and it took me more than year to shed it. The more difficult part of the movie, however, was to remain covered in cement powder for most of the shoots."