‘MR BHATT WOULD CALL ME DUFFER’

Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke ‘kid star’ Ku­nal Kemmu walks down mem­ory lane, as the film com­pletes 24 years

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Ac­tor Ku­nal Kemmu (far right) was only seven when he played the role of a naughty kid, Sunny, in the 1993 film Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke. To­day, 24 years af­ter the film’s re­lease, Ku­nal re­calls how it was to work with ac­tors Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla and film­maker

Ma­hesh Bhatt (right). “I was va­ca­tion­ing in Delhi, when my dad told me about the film’s of­fer. At that age, I didn’t know who Ma­hesh Bhatt was or what a di­rec­tor does. I was only fa­mil­iar with Aamir and Juhi’s names,” says Ku­nal, who had cut short his trip to start shoot­ing.

Rem­i­nisc­ing the first day of his shoot, Ku­nal says, “It was the scene where Veeru Kr­ish­nan was per­form­ing Bharatanatyam and we kids, were sit­ting vis­i­bly bored. I met ev­ery­one for the first time and had no idea of what was go­ing on. I was only fol­low­ing in­struc­tions of Mr. Bhatt.”

All praise for Bhatt, Ku­nal re­mem­bers how he pampered him while giv­ing spe­cific in­struc­tions re­quired for the shot. “That was the nicest thing about him. He would just tell me, ‘Lis­ten, I want this shot like this, so do it.’ He would call me ‘duffer’ and I didn’t even know what that meant. On the sets, I used to feel bet­ter than home. I used to ask for chips, cold drinks or choco­lates and the spot boy would get it in­stantly.”

Dur­ing the film’s shoot, Ku­nal ac­cepted ‘bribe’ for the first time in life. “My school had or­gan­ised a pic­nic to Es­sel­world and since the shoot was on, Mr Bhatt told me bunk it. Like a cry­baby, I said no to him. Then, he per­suaded me by say­ing, ‘What can I give you for which you will come to the shoot?’ How about I give you a TV video game?’ and I in­stantly gave in,” re­calls Ku­nal.

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

A sti­ill from the film star­ring Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla and Ku­nal Kemmu

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