Kunal Kapoor began his career as an assistant director on the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Aks. He began his acting career training under theatre veterans such as Naseerudin Shah. He made his movie debut starring opposite Tabu in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities directed by MF Hussain. Kunal Kapoor is perhaps one of the most under-rated actors the Hindi Film Industry have. Albeit he has received crtitical and commercial success in his performance in Rang De Basanti and more recently Don 2.
We now see him working on a comedy for the first time ever in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. A situational comedy in the backdrop of Punjab. Kapoor essays the character off Omi Khurrana whose London dream has just ended.
Kunal how are you choosing your films?
It’s a different process for different films. The script is paramount; I don’t want to be repetitive in the characters I am playing; with each character I want to discover something new; it makes work more exciting. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana was a different process altogether as I was apart of the writing stage. With Luv Shuv because I was apart of the film from the onset I knew exactly what I was in for and I was immensely excited about working on this project.
The title in itself is quirky, tell us about the conceptualisation of the film?
Sameer Sharma [director] and I have known each other for quite some time and we often spoke about the kind of films we would like to be apart off and through this banter Luv Shuv came about. The aim for us to break a certain sterotype. Every time we watch films surrounded by Punjabi's, it involves a certain humour and a certain stereotype. That’s something I have always wanted to break. I am a Punjabi and Sameer [director] is a Punjabi. We wanted to make a film with real issues and with real people. And I think we have nailed it.
What is the story about?
So I play a ‘’Punjabi munda’’ [Omi Khurana] and I have run away from Punjab. A lot of boys from Punjab do run away from home and India because they feel their lives can be a lot more fruitful if they live in the UK, Canada or America. But as they say it all looks enchanting at a distance and once they arrive they realise how better off they actually were. Omi then returns to India after ten years as he lands up in some trouble in the UK. There is also romance in the film and when Omi left he did also leave a girl behind too and he didn’t tell he was leaving India. And then there is a recipe ‘’Chicken Khurana’’ and the family are really famous because of this family recipe but the twist is that only one man has recipe - the grandfather. But it so happens that the grandfather has gone senile and he hasn’t told anyone the recipe. So the plot also revolves around this chicken recipe.
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana is a comedy...
This is the first time I have attempted this genre. What makes a comedy easier is that the situations are funny so it makes it easier to react. You just have to play around the situation. I hope to do more comedy in the near future..
Have you seen the final product?
Yes I have. I am really happy. I think it was even more exciting because I was apart of the writing stage . Its great to see the hard work pay off. I think it’s a great entertainer for the audiences.
Sum up Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and what the audiences are in for?
Supriya the audiences are going to love the film. it’s a heart-warming and entertaining. I would compare this to the comedies churned out by Hrishikesh Mukjerjee whereby his comedy was situational rather that what we regularly see today. This film is quirky and I think it will be enjoyed by all.
Your plans after Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana?
I am writing a couple of films right now. I am developing some scripts with writers and directors that I really want to work with and soon enough those will start falling into place.
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