On his 42nd birthday, we recently attended a chat with actor Rang De Basanti, describing the type of films he preferred to record and the type of screenplays he wrote.
- Last updated: October 17, 2019, 8:13 am IST
After Kunal Kapoor made a statement with his solid portrayal of Aslam in Rang De Basanti, he has repeatedly proven himself with films such as Aaja Nachle, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Gold. He even ventured south and won hearts with his lead anti-hero role in the Malayalam film Veeram.
Kunal says he is interested in films that are not only entertaining, but also give the audience something to think about. "For me, the best kind of film is one that not only keeps you entertained and engaged in what a film should do, but also a film that educates you. If you can somehow bring together education, engagement, entertainment, and preservation, people think for me it's the best kind of film. "
This idea is reflected in the kind of films Kunal records, from Dear Zindagi to Raag Desh. "As an individual, I'm attracted to causes and have a very strong view of things. That's why I'm attracted to films that try to say something or talk about something important. I unconsciously find scripts that do that." I have a strong point of view that is very interesting, "he adds.
Kunal also dares to write films and direct. "I've been writing for a while now. I've finished a script that I hope will go into production this year and that I hope to produce."
Ask him what kind of films he writes, and Kunal says, "I grew up to be very entertaining commercials. And these are the spaces that I really enjoy. But as I said, I am attracted to films that do something important have say. "
Kunal will next be seen in a film called Koi Jaane Na, which contains all the elements of an advertising film. "The film has a lot of romance. It contains things that I've never done before. Also a lot of action. So I'm very excited."
Kunal is also excited to have advanced south, saying that the roles he is offered there are different from the brackets Bollywood puts him in. In 2017 he played in Malayalam's film Veeram, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
"Veeram came at a time when Bollywood offered me the same stuff that was good. Then I suddenly had a chance to play Macbeth, the antihero. I would like to do more content in the south because the films there are fantastic But I don't want to play the typical Hindi film actor who plays the villain down there – there is this Hindi film actor who plays villains in southern films. There is nothing wrong with that, but I would like to play something that is more characterful is, "says Kunal.
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