Kunal Kapoor has been missing from the silver screen for a year. But the actor says he’s not missed any action. He’s learning to fly a plane, training in the sporting activity of parkour, working on his vocals to play a singer, and not to forget, beefing up for a superhero role.
“I wasn’t on a sabbatical. In fact, it has been the most productive year of my life,” he says. Kapoor was last seen in
in 2007. After that, Kapoor just made special appearances in 2008 in
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Welcome To Sajjanpur.
“I got the chance to work on myself as an actor. For my action film,
, I was learning parkour (an acrobatic street sport),” Kapoor reveals.
He will be now seen as a young politician in Rahul Dholakia’s
. Releasing on July 16, it also stars Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu and Anupam Kher. Set in Kashmir, it deals with the issue of militancy.
The 34-year-old is learning to fly a single engine Cessna 172 at Sagar in Madhya Pradesh. “That was something I really wanted to do since a long time,” says Kapoor. He’s now trying for a pilot’s license too. “The only thing I am petrified of is giving exams... I haven’t sat for exams in a long time. That should be a whole new experience now,” he laughs.
The actor is also working hard on his physique to bulk up for Anurag Kashyap’s superhero movie
is a character who is 25 kilos of muscle more than what I am. I’ve just begun working towards that right now.” He is also working on his vocals for Navdeep Singh’s movie
, based on the Punjabi music scene. “I play a singer in the movie. I am terrible at it, but I hope I’ll get better with training,” he says.
All the learning has left the actor brimming with confidence. “I’ve never felt so sure about myself as an actor. Life’s about discovering a lot of things,” Kapoor signs off.