Veeram star has worked only in three films in seven years

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Kunal Kapoor: I don’t go for screen visibility at the cost of quality.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Kunal Kapoor does not want screen visibility at the cost of quality. The Meenaxi actor who did only three films in the last seven years is ample testimony to his approach to be qualitatively perfect.

The 38-year-old actor, who made his debut with M F Hussain’s “Meenaxi” and shot to fame with “Rang De Basanti,” said the feeling of getting involved with films was there, but he did not get satisfactory roles to play.

“A desire to be out there working in films was always there, as that’s what I am supposed to do. It’s a bit of a Catch-22 situation because as an actor you want to keep doing lots of work,” he said.

“Acting is something I enjoy incredibly, but having said that, I had just three releases in last seven years. You want to be there but again the choice is whether you want to do everything that comes your way or wait for the scripts that excite you. I choose to go with the latter,” Kunal said.

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During his time away from films he tried theater and writing to keep him , occupied.

“Luckily, it has been a really productive time. I had a chance to do good theatre. I have been writing and had the chance to develop those ideas into scripts. I also co-founded a successful tech company. I think if I didn’t have all these things around me it would have been incredibly frustrating.”

Kunal believes filmmaking is a director’s medium and the only thing an actor can do is choose a good director.

“An actor doesn’t decide how a film should be. It is a director’s medium. Actor doesn’t have much control on how the film should shape. The only power the actor has is to choose people you work with”.

“I always choose people, who are incredibly passionate about what they are doing, because I am like that. For me, that is one of the deciding factors apart from my role. I had been on the sets where I turned up and the film didn’t matter so much to others the way it did to me,” he said.

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Kunal will be seen playing a Kalaripayattu warrior in upcoming “Veeram”, directed by National award-winning director Jayraj.

The movie, which will be released in Malayalam, English and Hindi, is set in the 13th century Kerala and is based on William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”.

Kunal said the role was one of his most challenging to date as he had to go through a complete physical transformation.

“I trained hard for the role of Chandu. I trained in Kalaripayattu for six months, develp[ed muscles, worked on Malayalam. It was an emotionally exhausting experience because when you play a character like Macbeth you explore the darker side of your own-self.”

Kunal has three films including “Tigmanshu”, “Raagdesh” and “Dear Zindagi”.

“I am very happy with the way this year has turned out. I got an opportunity to work with three brilliant directors — Jayraj sir, Gauri Shinde and Tigmanshu Dhulia.

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“I had a chance to work on characters which are different from each other — one is a warrior, one is an army guy from 1940s and other is an urban producer. I have really grown in last few years.”

The actor, who started his Bollywood journey as an assistant director, would like to direct a film in future. “I would like to direct at some point may be not right now. At the moment, I am just focusing on acting. But, I definitely think short films are doing really well. There is a lot of distribution of the content as well. So, I would like to experiment in the short film genre.” – CINEWS

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