Actor KK Menon is still unable to believe that ace crime reporter J Dey was murdered in broad daylight. And in the same vein, he explains further that this is the reason underworld films continue to be a relevant subject in the movies even today. However he believes that Mumbai is still a safe city.
“There are certain simmering issues being talked about. The syndicate may be trying to raise its head and this killing could be an indicator. But hopefully, they won’t succeed like they did in the ’70s. I can’t make a generic statement about whether crime will grow now, but Dey’s death is certainly a sad and horrendous thing to have happened.”
Two of Menon’s films are releasing today. Though he is being credited as the main lead in Bhindi Bazaar Inc., the actor feels his part is just a glorified guest appearance. The second film, Bheja Fry 2, will see him play a pivotal role along with Vinay Pathak, who will reprise his role as Bharat Bhushan.
“My characters in both these films are diametrically opposite from one another. In Bhindi Bazaar Inc. I play the head of a criminal pick-pocketing syndicate. It is about the moves made by those even in the lowest rung of crime in an attempt to become powerful.”
In Bheja Fry 2, Menon plays the role of Jay Talwar, an ambitious businessman. “Vinay’s a crude and loud guy scares the daylights out of this business man with this incessant chatter,” he says.
In the first film, Rajat Kapoor had played the role of Vinay’s friend, whose life goes awry after he enters his home. Confident as ever, Menon adds, “Rajat did a fantastic job and I am here to better it.”
Besides Bheja Fry 2, Menon will also be seen in Makrand Deshpande’s Dream Man and Satrangi Parachute this year.