Kunal Kemmu’s film, Kalyug clocks 15 years: People look at me as the youngest newcomer

Hindustan Times | ByRishabh Suri, New Delhi
Dec 08, 2020 05:22 PM IST

Actor Kunal Kemmu talks about his film, Kalyug completing 15 years and shares memories of making the film.

Starting off as a child artist, and then progressing to doing films as an adult, and on top of that, becoming successful there too — Kunal Kemmu is glad to be an actor. Completing 15 years since Kalyug released (December 9, 2005), he says he didn’t even realise.

Actor Kunal Kemmu goes down memory lane and shares how his film Kalyug changed his perspective towards this profession.
Actor Kunal Kemmu goes down memory lane and shares how his film Kalyug changed his perspective towards this profession.

“It’s 15 years already. I always say that the way my career has been going people have been looking at me as the youngest newcomer, someone who keeps debuting every other or two years! I am very happy we are here, talking 15 years later. I am still excited about the stuff that I am doing,” he says.


The 37-year-old had done films such as Sir (1993) and Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke (1993) as a kid, until Kalyug came along. Calling films a “completely different experience” as an adult, Kemmu says, “When I was doing this as a child, it was just a hobby, I wanted to see myself on the 70mm screen, and wanted to enjoy with my family and friends. I don’t think I was passionate about it. Kalyug had a lot more riding on it, because that was when I was made to realise what it means to be a hero in a Hindi film.”

He goes on to tell the pressure that came along being the main face of a film. “If it does well, you are going to benefit, and if it doesn’t then (you will bear the brunt) Besides that, it was also completely different being on a set and interacting with the technicians. Also, Ashutosh Rana, who I had worked with as a child actor, cut to Kalyug, I was chasing him, along with action scenes! To get used to that dynamic took a bit of time. I have fondest memories of the film. I am very happy it turned out to be my first one, and still gets talked about so much, and still relevant when it comes to songs,” gushes Kemmu.

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