‘I choose to do films that I be­lieve in’

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Ku­nal Kapoor has worked in an equal num­ber of main­stream Bol­ly­wood movies and off­beat films, but he has lately taken to choos­ing roles in con­tent-driven films rather than in run-of-themill en­ter­tain­ers. Ask him if he is picky about the films he as­so­ciates him­self with, and he says, “I think we all pick the best from what we are of­fered. Re­cently, I did only two films; they were small pro­duc­tions. I was of­fered a lot of big films, but I choose to do films that I be­lieve in.” So was be­ing a star or chas­ing the top spot never on the agenda? “I don’t think you can run af­ter star­dom or be­ing num­ber one, and say, ‘I am go­ing to do movies that are go­ing to make me num­ber one’. I think it’s the other way around. I think you have to chase what you love, and hope­fully, a lot of peo­ple like what you love, and that trans­lates into big box-of­fice num­bers. I don’t think it can be the other way around. I think you re­ally have to know what you want to do. It is im­por­tant to take a stand for what you be­lieve in. And if that makes you a star, or num­ber one, two or three, then that’s the by-prod­uct.”

Ask him if there are any pre­req­ui­sites to be an ac­tor and sur­vive in this in­dus­try, and the ac­tor says, “It is dif­fi­cult to sur­vive in the busi­ness. We are in busi­ness of act­ing, so you have to be thick-skinned; you have to treat it like a busi­ness. But at the same time, you have to al­low the artist in you to be vul­ner­a­ble as well. So I think it’s a com­bi­na­tion of be­ing thick-skinned, but still al­low­ing your­self to be sen­si­tive enough to not al­low the artist in­side you to sort of die — to be open to in­flu­ences around you.”

It is dif­fi­cult to sur­vive in the busi­ness. We are in busi­ness of act­ing, so you have to be thick­skinned; you have to treat it like a busi­ness. KU­NAL KAPOOR, AC­TOR

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