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'I am no sex symbol'

Kunal doesn't want to follow Emraan Hashmi and John Abraham.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 10:59 IST

From Zakhm to Kalyug, Kunal Khemu has come a long way. In a candid talk with HTTabloid, the talented actor talks about porn flicks and on being the next sex symbol.

Are you trying to beemergeas a sex symbol of Bollywood after working in a film based on pornography?
People who have watched Kalyug can't be under this misconception because in the film I have played the character of a boy who is fighting against pornography rather than being a part of it. I don't want to establish myself as a sex symbol or an unremitting kisser. I don't consider myself to be in the same league like actors John Abraham or Emraan Hashmi. Neither do I want to do films that typecast me as a lover boy or limit me to a Casanova kind of image.

Don't you think there has to be a legal approval to showcase porn on-screen?
Considering the fact that no youngster remains untouched from pornography, I believe that there has to be discussions and considerations about it. I might be having my own views on it but, I think a strict law on this subject is an urgent need of the present time.

How far have films like Kalyug been able to create awareness among the youth about the dark side of pornography?
I think change has come now because of films like Kalyug. Earlier everything was happening in a very hush-hush manner. People used to access porn stuff by illegal means but now it's not the case anymore. Now, we are discussing it in a liberal way. I believe pornography is as big a problem as AIDS. So, we must talk about it and be honest. I think slowly and steadily awareness is coming.

So, what are you looking forward to after Kalyug?
I have to go a long way. I don't want people to say that I was only a "one film wonder." So, I have to work harder now. I don't aim to work on any one kind of role or character. In fact, from comedy to thriller to action, I would like to experiment all kind of roles.

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First Published: Feb 04, 2006 10:34 IST