It is a bit surreal to hear Kunal Karan Kapoor telling you over the phone, “I have just come home. Let me order some food and I will call you back.” This is an interview that has been in the works for some time and today somehow, after a delay for which he has not stopped apologising profusely, things have fallen into place. I tell him as an actor who is going to be a very big star, he will be expected to keep people waiting and nobody will mind but there is no answering titter from him. He is obviously not looking forward to that moment. People, even if they are just voices are real to him, not just incidentals. Atleast for now. As we talk, the fan girl who has been exchanging YouTube links featuring Mohan Bhatnagar realises she is talking to a real person. A working actor who slogs around the clock. I wonder, if he thinks occasionally about what this moment in time means to him. About this cusp between success and what could be mega stardom. About this amount of investment into a role.
I realise he is not Mohan Bhatnagar but an articulate, well read, well- travelled young person whose life has never been formulaic but a journey full of surprising discoveries. His responses to my questions (even when the questions ramble) are not formulaic either. He says what he wants to as if he trusts that you will not misunderstand or misread. But yes, as someone who has struggled for long, draining years to be an actor, he will not talk about what it has cost him to come this far. “That is another story for another time,” he says in a quiet voice, not willing to dramatise the “story of my life.” Because, “I don’t think I have grown that much to talk about it.” Yes, he is different.
Reema Moudgil is the author of Perfect Eight (http://www.flipkart.com/perfect-eight-9380032870/p/itmdf87fpkhszfkb?pid=9789380032870&_l=A0vO9n9FWsBsMJKAKw47rw–&_r=dyRavyz2qKxOF7Yuc