Post Rang De Basanti, Kunal Kapoor’s run at the box office hasn’t been good. His past few releases – Hattrick, Laga Chunari Mein Daag and Aaja Nachle – have all failed to make their mark at the box office, but the Kapoor boy isn’t disillusioned. Right now, he’s focusing on his next big release, which he says will most likely be Kambakth Ishq that will also feature Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor. Hopefully the New Year will have lady luck smiling at Kunal again.
We told you about Kunal Kapoor’s musical bent; he’s been learning to play the flute for sometime now. If making women sing to his tunes wasn’t enough, the lad has a new plan now. He wants to make the gals dance to his beats. Yes, Kunal has taken it as a challenge – he wants to be one the best foot-tappers in Bollywood like buddy Hrithik Roshan. Apparently, he’s taking dance lessons everyday and he conscientiously practices for hours at home, trying to perfect every move. So, will he give Hrithik some serious competition. Now if Kunal wants to be better than him it’s going to be no mean task. Our Dhoom boy is one helluva competition, hai na?
Just two films old and Kunal Kapoor is no hurry to get into a signing spree. That would explain him signing just two films after Rang De Basanti. “I have signed only two films, one by Milan Luthria and the other by Sajid Nadiadwala. I will do a film only if it really excites me,” he says.
Needless to say, after his performance in Rang De Basanti he has been getting several offers. “Post- RDB, everyone wanted me to play a Jehadi or a poet. Thankfully that changed gradually and now I am being offered roles ranging from action to comedy,” says Kunal.
Meanwhile, he is excited about working with Luthria in Hat Trick. “The plot of the film really impressed me. Besides, Milan is a talented director and I have always wanted to work with him,” says Kunal. “It’s also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a film that has actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Hema Malini, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal. Likewise, working with Sajid also gives me a big high. It is gratifying to know that he has confidence in a newcomer like me.”
Has the industry changed its attitude towards him after Rang De Basanti? “At the end of the day, filmmaking is a business, and I understand that,” he says. “After Meenakshi failed, people didn’t approach me with offers. I do not grudge them this. If your films do well, people will come to you, if they flop, they won’t. There is no point in taking these things personally. I’d rather divert my energies towards my work.” Does being burdened with a sex symbol tag pressurise him? “I am only concerned about my own expectations, which are very high,” he says. “The sex symbol tag is okay with me as long as it gets me work. But I really don’t understand how a person who plays a character like Aslam in a film like RDB becomes a sex symbol.” So, is there a film with Karan Johar or Rakyesh Mehra in the pipeline, as rumoured? “No comments,” he says. Evidently the guy has learnt to play it safe already.
It’s football season and it goes without saying that Mumbai is ready to play ball. Suburban hotspot Seijo & The Soul Dish hosted the first of their football nights over the weekend. Seen cheering his favourite team on was actor Kunal Kapoor, who sported a shirt with a football logo to get into the spirit of the game. Neha Kapur looked like she was having a blast with her friends and even clicked a few pictures for keeps.
After the success of Rang De Basanti, actor Kunal Kapoor has been facing a strange predicament. Various filmmakers have been announcing that they have signed the actor for their film. Confounded by his newfound popularity among these filmmakers, Kunal says, “I am in no hurry to sign films. There’s enough time to do the kind of films that I’d like to do.” Rumour has it that he is doing Rakeysh Mehra’s next and is also on the verge of signing a couple of more big projects, which will be announced soon.