Does a funny guy on screen run out of jokes in real life? It seems so when we meet actor-comedian Kunaal Roy Kapur to talk about his first-ever ‘live’ podcast.
You try to go into interviews without expectations. You especially shouldn’t expect humour from your subject. But this isn’t just another interview. We’re meeting Kunaal Roy Kapur — someone who made us laugh uncontrollably with his antics in Delhi Belly (2011). His podcast with comedian Anuvab Pal, Our Last Week, too, never fails to have us in splits.
Naturally, with the duo gearing up to do their first-ever ‘live’ podcast, we were sure we’d have a hilarious chat. But when we meet him, at The Little Door in Andheri (W), we find a regular guy next door. Chilled out, sure, and ready to sit atop a table for photos. But far from the rib-tickling comedian we’d imagined.
“There’s no script, and we don’t have a plan. Honestly, we don’t know how great it will be,” says Roy Kapur nonchalantly. We’re told that’s the modus operandi of their 20-minute weekly podcasts as well. They discuss current affairs, sometimes their own lives and issues: a tiff with a neighbour, a random conversation with a stranger. The podcast is like a vent “without being nasty to anyone”.
“Anuvab jots down a few points, I add some. Then we just talk about them from 45 minutes. Of course, we edit out a lot of nonsense,” he adds. With this one to be recorded live, before a ticket-buying audience, no less, the stakes are higher. It’s “unfortunate” the audience will get to hear the “garbled nonsense” bits too, Roy Kapur says, sounding almost unsure about the decision of going live. And if you wish to interact with them, the chances are slim. Kapur “hopes” not to, but says they are open to a few topics for discussion. However, he issues a warning: “If the audience starts throwing stuff at us, we will have to take evasive actions.” It’s the funniest thing he says all afternoon.
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Although both — podcasts and web series — are in their germination stages in India, Kapur is of the opinion that the latter “is more likely to succeed” on a mass scale, while podcasts will garner only a niche following. He is set to star in an upcoming web series called Side Hero, along with Konkana Sen Sharma. “People are more accustomed to visual content. Podcasts will have a market of its own. I only hope that it replaces the mundaneness of our radio programming. Our radio channels have got into a Bollywood space. Every station sounds the same,” Kapur says.
What: Our Last Week By Anuvab Pal and Kunaal Roy Kapur will be held on June 4, 6pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Tickets: Rs 200 onward on bookmyshow.com.