Kunal Kemmu: I was typecast as a comic actor
Kunal Kemmu is happy that with films like Kalank (2019) and Malang he has got opportunities to do roles that have many layers and shades to them. In a conversation with BT, he talks about his career choices, dealing with failure and how his daughter Inaaya Naumi has changed his life. Read on:
You started your journey in Bollywood as a child artiste with Sir (1993). How do you look back at the time you have spent in the film industry?
I have seen Bollywood grow and how! Filmmaking has constantly been evolving. Sync sound and digital film came in much later. I think we shot Kalyug (2005) and Traffic Signal (2007) in the old school manner. Luckily, because of that, I learnt how to dub. As a kid, too, I would dub for every film. A lot of new actors, who worked with sync sound find it difficult to dub. Today, there is a massive change in the kind of movies that are being made, the audience’s taste has changed, the platforms for watching films have changed. This industry is highly unpredictable, and so, I don’t think one should take success or failure seriously.
How do you deal with failure?
We should know that all that glitter is not gold. The biggest star in the country also faces some problem or another. People should invest in relationships and family because that is your life and work is just a part of it. Many actors have been talking about depression these days. It is not a good place to be in. As the industry is growing, so is the influx of talent, and sometimes there aren’t enough opportunities for everyone. A lot of deserving people don’t get what they deserve, and I know how frustrating it would be for them. As far as my journey is concerned, I think I chose the right profession. Yes, it has been a rollercoaster ride for me, but that is part and parcel of every actor’s journey. Right now, I am at a stage where new avenues and opportunities are coming my way, and I am enjoying this space. The digital space has opened up, and I got to try my hand at it. In terms of movies, I was typecast as a comic actor, but luckily for me, Kalank happened last year. Unfortunately, the film didn’t do well, but the love I got for the part I played was amazing. Now, Malang is coming up in which I am doing something new, and I am excited about it.