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Kunaal Roy Kapur talks about how he gave up photography for acting
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 24, 2013)
Although few recognised him as the Delhi Belly actor, thanks to his shaven looks, Kunaal Roy Kapur has had a good outing with Nautanki Saala recently. Over a cup of coffee and cookies, the actor discusses his dinner table talk with the Kapurs, his family and on giving up photography.
After Nautanki Saala, what’s next? I am hoping to start a movie in July called Kala Ghoda directed by Aditya Bhattacharya. It’s a dark comedy and I play a cop. It starts in July. I also have a small role in Ayan Mukherji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Then I have a movie with Vir Das, which may release by the end of this year.
Any plans to direct? I have a project, which I am working on. I have a producer on board now and we are in the process of casting but I don’t want to talk too much about it right now. It’s a comedy set in Mumbai. I’m hoping to start that by the end of the year but it all depends on the cast.
With your elder brother (Siddharth) as a producer and younger one as actor (Aditya) and now an actress sister-in-law (Vidya Balan), your family seems to be fully filmi. How’s the atmosphere over the dinner table when the Kapurs sit together? Well we talk about cinema too much. The dinner or lunch table chats are always about who is doing what project, what interesting scripts have come along. Not in any great detail but generally it’s a lot of film talk and it’s fun. But we also More >
Raju Shelar (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 4, 2012)
Breaking out of his chocolate boy image of Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, Imran Khan had turned several shades darker for Sanjay Gadhvi’s 2008 film Kidnap.
Ready for an encore, Imran signed on to play Dawood Ibrahim’s rival Aslam in Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again.
And here’s how the baddie Imran will look in the film…
Mirror caught Imran and co-star Chetan Hansraj shooting at south Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda area on Sunday evening.
A night sequence involving Imran and Chetan driving a car out of the parking lot, the shoot began around 6 pm and was still going on when we left the spot at midnight.
The surrounding buildings were illuminated and the parking lot was full of vintage cars.
Sporting a moustache, a kurta and a religious charm around his neck, Imran looked every bit the goon he would portray on screen. His body language too, was a complete overhaul from the Jaane Tu… lover boy.
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; November 6, 2012)
John Abraham’s maiden production venture, Vicky Donor, co-produced by Kishore and Sunil Lulla, made a killing at the box-office.
The Shoojit Sircar film, that had newbies Ayushmann Khurrana and Yaami Gautam in the lead, is counted as one of the finest films made in 2012. The film found critical acclaim and also created box- office buzz by holding its own against new releases, for as long as eight weeks after release.
However, reliable trade sources from Bollywood now say that the ‘honeymoon’ between John and the Lullas is over, at least temporarily.
It is said that the Lullas and John allegedly couldn’t see eye to eye on the overflow amount (in layman’s language, this means a share in the profits). John, who is in London, didn’t revert to our message. But Sunil clarified, saying, “The first instalment from theatrical overflow has already been given to John. The film has just played on satellite. Once the final accounts are in place, we will take a call on the rest of the money due.” Sources who know both parties maintain that profit-sharing is in the process of being sorted out.
The second part of the story is that John and the Lullas were contemplating continuing their association with three more co-productions —Hamara Bajaj, Jaffna (tentative title) and Kala Ghoda. However, they will no longer work together on these.
Our source says, “John reportedly asked the Lullas for an extravagant amount for these three projects. More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 26, 2012)John Abraham
Ever since actor John Abraham’s returned from Turkey where he was shooting for Race 2, the actor has been working double shifts almost every day. According to sources close to the actor, while John has been shooting for his endorsements during the day, he has been shooting for his film Shootout at Wadala during the nights. “The last time the actor had taken a vacation was in December. But post that he’s been shooting non-stop for one film after another, so much so, that his friends have been telling him that nowadays his days start and end only with films. In fact, even on the few days that he is not shooting, he catches up with the latest films in theatres with Priya (girlfriend Priya Runchal) or his friends. So they all have been saying that professional or personal, it only has to be movie dates for John,” shares the insider.
The actor however seems to be rather happy with his pace of work. “I am in a happy space right now and wouldn’t want to change a thing about the current pace at all,” John had said. The actor, who has as many as six films in hand — Race 2, I, Me Aur Main, Shootout At Wadala, Jaffna, Kala Ghoda and Dostana 2 — is also working on his next production Hamara Bajaj. But for now, insiders reveal that he is completely focussed on Shootout…, in which he plays gangster, Manya Surve. “From the body language to his dialogues, John is working hard on it. He’s taken up the role like a challenge More >
John Abraham talks about all the things that make him smile these days
Janhavi Samant (MID-DAY; June 7, 2012)
Vicky Donor’s collected Rs 36.01 crore (at the end of seven weeks) and he has laughed all the way to the bank. But that’s not what John’s smiling about lately. He’s just heard good things from people who have seen the rushes of his portrayal of Manya Surve in the forthcoming gangster film Shootout At Wadala.
“This film will be for me what Vaastav was for Sanjay Dutt. The Marathi speaking part is easy enough. Everyone in Mumbai can manage a kasa ahe, kai mhantos. It’s the transformation of the character that is mind-blowing. That is a career-defining role for me. It’s very different from what I have done before,” grins the actor.
Vicky’s success has also bolstered the actor’s confidence in his production acumen. “Vicky Donor has changed my personality from 2D to 3D. I know now exactly what kind of film I want to be part of. I want to make films that people will talk about,” he says with resolve.
Although the actor is currently busy with finishing the sequel of Race, he has on his plate six films to produce. The actor will be launching Jaafna, a political thriller, Hamara Bajaj with Shoojit Sircar and Kala Ghoda, where John is also acting alongside Kunal Roy Kapoor, to be directed by Aditya Bhattacharya and some more.
So where is the time to get married then, we ask. “I am asking the same question. I am clear that I want to get married. Currently the challenge is More >
John Abraham reveals how it wasn’t religion but his ability to take risks that has helped him resurrect his career once again
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 24, 2012)
After a film that was too long in the making, a multistarrer boxoffice dud and another that passed without a whimper, John Abraham, a year and a half back had faded into the background. Resurrecting his career again had not been an easy task. And though now, he is ‘overloaded with work’, the actor believes that there are crests and troughs in life and admits that he won’t be surprised if the ‘inevitable happens, again.’
“But every time I go down hereafter, I shall bounce back stronger,” says the actor who loves taking risks, and adds, “Think of it, I took a risk even when I did Dostana. Full marks to Karan Johar for giving homosexuality such a credible platform. Dostana is perhaps the only film that did not show homosexuality in a bad light.” Talking about the low phase, John admits that it wasn’t religion that kept him going. “I don’t go to church,temple or mosque. I believe people who are too religious are also fanatical. And most problems in this world are caused by such fanatics. I have no idols in my home. Actually, this is what my father taught me. When I was four years old, he told me that we don’t need to go to any religious place to be a good person. I remembered that,” reveals John. And thus, John never gave up on his belief. He kept trying. Having produced thirty commercials, film production More >
By Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; May 7, 2012)John Abraham
With three back-to back hits at the BO as an actor and now one more as a producer, John Abraham admits that he’s on a professional high. Add to this, reports of his marriage with banker girlfriend Priya Runchal being due sometime in August, and the year looks to be quite an action-packed one for the actor. But John insists that the only action he is busy with for now is the one meant for the big screen. “I’m just too busy with all the onscreen action for now,” says the actor, who despite confirming that marriage is on his mind, refuses to divulge more. “Forget me being a husband, I’m already happy being a dad,” laughs John, as he talks about his ‘baby’ Vicky Donor. Elated with the response his maiden production’s garnering, the actor-producer who’s apparently shooting for Race 2 in Turkey, says, “I feel like a proud papa.”
The film’s success combined with his entering the 100-crore league with Housefull 2, calls for celebration, but the actor’s already plunged into his upcoming projects. “Who says I’m not celebrating? Working for me is celebrating. I’m no party animal and this is what I enjoy doing the most,” he quips. Post the success as a producer, the actor admits that his plans of turning director may work out sooner than expected. “I am ready to direct,” he says. But for now, the actor is neck-deep into work as a producer and actor. Post the schedule for Race 2, John will begin the promotional rounds More >
By Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; April 9, 2012)
After much experimentation with roles, actor John Abraham finally seems to have found his comfort zone in action and comedy. On a hit-spree post-Force, it’s hardly surprising to see that like the industry, the actor too has been taking his action avatar rather seriously, considering the high number of action films that he’s doing of late — Race 2, Shootout At Wadala, Kala Ghoda… But ask John about it, and he says that it’s not just to do with his hit action image. “I take my work seriously, be it comedy or action. In fact, I’m still game for other genres too. But yes, if the industry and my audience’s have accepted my action image, well, I’d definitely take that further too,” he says.
Talking about his recent successes, John does admit that hits do matter. “Hard-work makes you have faith in your ability, but hits give you the confidence!” he says. Explaining further he adds, “Hits give the actor the market sale-ability and credibility that one needs to continue to try and experiment whether as an actor or producer. And to gain that confidence, it’s important to get that hit tag here.”
As for choosing action over comedy, John says that there need not be a choice between the two. “You can do both, separately or together. Both have their own fun,” says the actor, who’s also excited about the response his recent release Housefull 2 has been garnering. John adds that it was heartening to see that both his More >
The actor will produce and act in Aditya Bhattacharya’s film Kala Ghoda where the action is notches higher than Force
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 29, 2012)
There’s more action waiting in the wings for John Abraham. After Nishikant Kamath’s Force, the actor will star in director Aditya Bhattacharya’s flick Kala Ghoda which will take him several notches higher as an action hero.
Kala Ghoda is about one night when everything goes wrong with Mumbai’s underbelly, and the action in it promises to be real and not staged with real punches and even bullets.
Aditya Bhattacharya, who is the grandson of legendary Bimal Roy and son of director Basu Bhattacharya, and whose eighties’ film Raakh proved a game changer for Aamir Khan, told Mirror, “Kala Ghoda is the story of two cops, one hard-nosed no-nonsense and volatile played by John and the other, a goofy ineffective bumbling cop, played by Kunaal Roy Kapoor of Delhi Belly fame, who come together under trying circumstances for one night of relentless action in Mumbai.”
The film will be shot in one schedule of 20-25 days in real time and on actual locations. It will go on floors end this year.
Meanwhile, producer John, who has conceived Kala Ghoda as a low-budget, gritty, independent film meant for a specific target audience, has been secretly preparing for his brawny role, alongside his role in Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout at Wadala.
By Aakanksha Naval-Shetye | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Actor John Abraham’s date diary is choc-a-bloc with shoots all this year — the actor has as many as seven films in hand. Even when not shooting, the actor will be extensively busy with his ad and film productions that include scripting a film that he hopes to direct too. “I feel like I’m in my best phase ever,” exclaims John, as we catch up with him for a quick tete-a-tete. And as he chats up about his multi-roles as an actor and producer, John reveals that no matter what the mantle, there’re just no boundaries for him when it comes to pushing the envelope!
You are shooting round the clock. Doesn’t girlfriend Priya Runchal complain? Well, anyone who’s close to me, understands me well enough to know how important my work is for me. So, no, no complaints!
As an actor, you have clicked better in commercial entertainers than in experimental cinema. Are you planning to cut down the risks as far as films go? No, I am planning to increase the number of the commercial entertainers I do (smiles). Well, I am an adventurer at heart, so just because one outing didn’t work, doesn’t mean I’ll stick to the safe path the next time around. I’ll never give up taking risks. Why my very first production Vicky Donor deals with a topic like sperm donation.
So, you are not afraid of failing? I’ve faced criticism and brickbats right from my initial days as an actor. But I believe in accepting them, with as much dignity as I accepted the More >