Struggling against stereotype

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 10:01:04


By Justin Rao,

Kunaal Roy Kapur, best known for his performances in films such as Delhi Belly and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, says one of the biggest struggles for him is to break away from the tag of a comic actor.
Kunaal, who has been acting for nearly two decades, started his career with the TV show Just Mohabbat.

“Once you’re known as a comic actor, it’s difficult to break out. People say ‘Oh, he’s a good actor but very good at comedy’, so I think it’ll be a long drawn out process for me (to break that). That happens with other actors as well... It takes a few years to reinvent, to straddle genres,” Kunaal told PTI.
The actor is aware of his own “shortcomings” - of not actively pursuing different films - but says he tries to make the best of what is offered. Currently, he is looking forward to the release of Kaalakaandi.

Having already worked in dark comedies before, Kunaal says he understands the language and humour such films have to offer but the challenge for him as an actor is something else. “You’re always struggling to get your voice heard as close to as you’d like to. Whether you’re directing or acting, you’d want people to hear your own voice. Sometimes, you feel you’ve lied to yourself, cheated in a certain performance. Those are compromises you end up making everytime. But sometimes, you also get opportunities which make you feel you can give it a shot.”

Apart from Kaalakaandi, which is headlined by Saif Ali Khan, the 38-year-old actor is also looking forward to getting back at direction.