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Don't call me a star: Kay Kay Menon

He might be counted as one of B'wood's best character actors today, but Kay Kay Menon says he hates being called a star.

entertainment Updated: Mar 29, 2008 19:25 IST

He ventured into films after doing an MBA and stints in theatre and TV. But talented actor Kay Kay Menon has carved a niche for himself by doing unconventional roles in movies like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Corporate. However, he resists being called a star.

"There is a difference between a star and an actor. Anyone leading a flamboyant life can be a star, for instance (entrepreneur) Vijay Mallya. But he is not an actor," Kay Kay told IANS here.

"I have chosen to be an actor and don't believe in making my stepping-out-of-the-house an event. I am a very simple person," he added.

Kay Kay, an MBA, first worked in theatre and then gradually moved to television. In 1995, he made his debut on the big screen with Naseem, but he shot to fame with Sudhir Mishra's critically acclaimed film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.

Then there was no looking back and the actor earned rave reviews for his acting in Black Friday, Sarkar, Corporate, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, and Life...In A Metro.

When asked about his dream role, he said: "There is no dream role that I want to play because I keep dreams and roles separate.

"Either you work or you see dreams. So I see dreams and choose roles separately. A dream is called a dream because it can never be fulfilled in real life and I cherish them. However, when I pick up projects I go for only those that I can do justice to," he explained.

As to why he does too many masala entertainers, he said: "Opting for films that cater to a niche audience is not a deliberate effort. I only go for a role when there is something in it that excites me. It's just like love... and can't be articulated.

"But it's not true that I am only doing serious roles. I did comedy in Honeymoon Travels... and would do the same in Sankat City as well."

Apart from Sankat City, he also has projects like Shaurya, Drona, Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam, BBD and Dream Man in his kitty.

Commenting on whether with the advent of the multiplex culture in the country Indian cinema has become more realistic, he said: "There is nothing like unreal and real cinema. Actually, there are only two types of movies - believable and non-believable. A director can even successfully make a sci-fi believable.

"Although the sensibility of audience these days has definitely evolved more, it is a result of the exposure of audiences to world cinema, which wasn't there earlier."

"We have gone way beyond just isolated material elements and individual devices to complete, fully integrated circuits in a manner that is applicable to systems with nearly arbitrary levels of complexity.

"The wavy concept now incorporates optimised mechanical designs and diverse sets of materials, all integrated together in systems that involve spatially varying thicknesses and material types.

"The overall buckling process yields wavy shapes that vary from place to place on the integrated circuit, in a complex but theoretically predictable fashion," Rogers was quoted by the 'ScienceDaily' as saying.

Achieving high degrees of mechanical flexibility, or foldability, is important to sustaining the wavy shapes.

"The more robust the circuits are under bending, the more easily they will adopt the wavy shapes which, in turn, allow overall system stretchability.

"For this purpose, we use ultra-thin circuit sheets designed to locate the most fragile materials in a neutral plane that minimises their exposure to mechanical strains during bending," Rogers said.