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Kay Kay respects his audiences

The actor is happy that people have liked his performance in the Anurag Kashyap film, Black Friday.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2007 12:29 IST

Life couldn't get any rosier for Kay Kay Menon. His Black Friday finally saw the light of the day and he has since been showered with praise from all quarters for his outstanding performance.

"Hats off to the audience. I am extremely proud of our audience and my respect for them has shot up post-Black Friday. A film like this being approved by people is a healthy sign for Indian cinema. It only goes to prove that all kinds of cinema can co-exist," said Kay Kay. And if that was not enough, he has everyone swooning over his dancing skills in the song "Sajnaji vari vari" from his upcoming movie Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.

Talking about the song, he said: "The script essentially required this dance sequence. When Farah (Khan) was choreographing the song, she just let me be. I just freaked out." Kay Kay says his decision to act in Reema Kagti's film was influenced by the script.

"The narrative had me in splits. When the director narrated the script of Honeymoon... to me, I knew that the film had a certain standard that was far superior to the rest. I knew I had to do this film."

There are six couples on a package honeymoon tour to Goa in the film, which deals with marriage and relationships in a unique way. "The sense of humour is also weird but it's not slapstick comedy. I guess that's the USP of the film. The manner in which the director has dealt with relationships is unusual. It says one has to look at life in a positive way and keep smiling."

Kay Kay is paired with Raima Sen and says his kissing scene with her is blown out of proportion. "Raima and I play a Bengali couple. My character Partho is a nerdy, uptight husband who likes to dominate. But he changes due to certain circumstances.

"It's not a porn film. Raima and I have a kissing scene in the film. There's a lot of hype regarding that particular scene. If people are going to see the film for a steamy sizzling kiss, then they are in for a disappointment."

Kay is not at all averse to working with female directors.

<b1>"I don't see directors as 'male' or 'female'. For me, a director's gender is not the criterion. It's immaterial because it's talent that matters. Even a male director could be dumb so it really doesn't matter. "This is the second time I've worked with a female director (after Dansh) and Reema was just brilliant."

Talk veered to his Metro co-star Shilpa Shetty: "I am happy for Shilpa. She has done us proud. We shot for Anurag Basu's Metro before she left for Britain.

"Anurag has his own audience but Shilpa's Big Brother victory will definitely draw the overseas audience. Metro is about the trials and tribulations in relationships. It focuses on the fast paced city life and its consequent repercussions on people."

He is also working in Shunya, based on a sportsman's life. "It is not based on a 'particular' sportsman (referring to cricketer Azharuddin). It could be anyone. If not an actor, I would've been a sportsman. I enjoy playing all sports."

"It's about a sportsman's life, who reaches the pinnacle of success and how he deals with the challenges he faces, how he gets tempted with ad offers etc."

Another film he is doing is Goldie Behl's Drona, in which Abhishek Bachchan is in the title role.

"It belongs to the action-fantasy-comic-book genre. As for my character - in mainstream commercial cinema, we are always seen as villains."