Dhol’s USP is youth: Kunal Khemu
After receiving rave reviews for his performance in Traffic Signal, Kunal Khemu's back with Priyadarshan’s Dhol. Diganta Guha speaks to the actor.india Updated: Sep 14, 2007 11:03 IST
Variety is his forte:
Actually it’s not part of any plan. When I come across something I really like, I do it. That’s why when people ask whether it was intentional to do realistic films I say there wasn’t a plan.
As far as my debut film, Kalyug, is concerned, I had no option that time but fortunately it was a great film to be part of and I believed in it. Then came Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal. I liked it and became part of it.
From a child star to a hero:
You have to meet expectations. And you have to be cautious because there are so many talented people in the industry. You also have to take the right decisions. It’s no more like doing ten films a year and getting away with that. For me it’s a serious profession, which I want to take up for the rest of my life.
I really feel blessed that I got the opportunity to do what I wanted to do as a kid and now too, when I want to take it up as a profession. It’s all because of the love and the appreciation of the people who watch my films, critics who criticise my films and the blessings of all elders.
<b1>Now a comedy:
It is different but you can’t say it is tough or easy. It requires you to be a bit daring. If you can’t do it well it can get irritating. Comedy is all about give and take. It depends on how you act to other’s actions. A lot also depends on the maker and luckily we had Priyadarshanji, who is superb. He briefed us completely, told us what he wanted and also gave us freedom to bring whatever we could to it. So, it was really fun.
All about Dhol:
I have seen his previous films. All of them are different stories. They have differently flavour. Dhol’s USP is youth… it’s a very youthful film about these four guys who are in search of a job but there is an undercurrent to it.
Working with Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi and Rajpal Yadav, all powerful actors with great comic timing means your performance is enhanced and I hope that in my case it works. I really enjoyed working with them. I want to visit the theatres and see how the people react to me, and the film...
There are two films. An untitled one with Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd directed by Rohit Jugraj. There is a day’s work left. And then Jai Veeru co-starring Fardeen Khan directed by Puneet Sera. It’s an action comedy.